Tim Tebow should not be on the Jaguars in any form for the past/present/future. PERIOD.
Now, as we are in full swing of the 2014 off season do we as fans, notice something different, maybe something missing...some annoying noise, chatter, banter, "expert" opinions are not being directed towards us about a certain NFL player. Ah yes, the first off season in awhile where we don't have the national media shoving Tim Tebow done our throats, isn't it lovely, even peaceful? In this time of tranquility I have become reflective of the past few off seasons and noticed something, Tim Tebow might have actually help unite our fans when we needed it most...
Let's take a ride to the past of 2010 NFL draft. The Jaguars were coming off a 7-9 record missing out in the playoffs again by collapsing in December. David Garrard was our quarterback but his magical run in the Steeler's playoff game had started to wear off and questions of is he "the guy" started to fill up the local radio air waves. More importantly the 2009 season can be looked upon as a low point for the Jaguar fan base support for the team. We were a playoff contender for much of the season and yet we averaged less then 50,000 fans in our home stadium. http://espn.go.com/nfl/attendance/_/year/2009 The national media was drilling into us about how we don't even support our team and that we are moving to Los Angeles (and maybe they were right at the time) Behold in this 2010 Draft the Jaguars were so lucky to have the opportunity to draft this hometown kid to become our savior selling the stadium out Sunday through Saturday! LOCAL interest was being brewed on this NFL potential quarterback, Should we draft him? Should we move up to draft him? Should we pass on him? Early battle lines were being formed.
Now let us jump to the the 2012 Offseason. Blaine Gabbert is not holding up as a NFL quarterback, the Jaguars have a new coach for the first time in a decade (Murlarkey) and are coming off a 5-11 season. Everyone knows the Broncos want to trade Tim Tebow, it is now a matter of where he ends up. This my friends was a hell of an offseason, I remember profanely arguing with my good friends who supported Tim Tebow over this issue. Didn'tmatter even if you never been to a Jaguars game, you lived in Jacksonville and had an opinion about what the Jaguars should do. From 90 year old ladies at Publix to 4 year old kids on the playgrounds EVERYONE was talking about what the Jaguars should do which then meant EVERYONE was at least talking about something concerning the Jaguars. Groups like Bold City Bregade and Teal Street Hooligans were becoming ever more active, after being some what dormant the recent years. The people of Jacksonville started caring about what the Jaguars were doing.
One year later, the 2013 Off season. Even if he is released. This has to be one of the proudest moments for me in Jaguar franchise history. It wasn't really about the player or what the decision was it was how the people of Jacksonville united for a common goal. Most sane people realized the Tim Tebow project was failing, Dave Cadwell included. When a website gets half-million clicks in a city with a little over one million people, that is an overwhelming support for an issue. The fan base of Jaguars had finally arrived, we came out of our shells to stomp this foolish QB into the oblivion, but we did it together. The mentality "us versus the world" really sunk in, the terms Jacksonville and Jaguars become one. The city embraced the Jaguars and our new owner embraced the city. If you were born in Jacsonville anytime after 1985, you are Jaguars fan. This almost cult of fanship wasn't a direct resultfrom the Tim Tebow saga, but I do believe it did help us unify and care more then ever about the Jaguars. DTWD. The 12th man does not have shit on us.
*DISCLAIMER* I am aware of all the hard work the Jacksonville Jaguar organization did after the 2009 season to sell tickets and that probably effected ticket sales the most, but this article is more about how we arrived at this perception of the Jaguars and its fans.