Tim Tebow will not be making his way back home to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team’s new GM David Caldwell was quick to squash that rumor in his first public appearance.
“I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar — even if he’s released,” Caldwell said in comments that ran on ESPN.
The Jaguars owner Shad Khan has been vocal about his desire to import the local hero into the mix.
He stated that he is passing off his decision to his new administration.
“It’s not my decision,” Khan said. “I want to do whatever to help this team win. Who the players are is really the general manager’s and coaches’ — it’s a football-side operation decision. It’s really not my decision.”
“I’m telling them to take a look at Tebow and they’re saying, ‘We’re going to go in a different direction,’” Khan said. “That’s the difference.”
So what is the plan for the Jags at that position?
“We plan to address the quarterback situation, obviously,” Caldwell said. “Blaine is the second-youngest quarterback in the NFL, but we’re going to have open competition. Whether it’s through draft or through free agency, we’ll bring in some more people to compete at the quarterback position. We’re going to let the best player win that position.”
Caldwell fired coach Mike Mularkey after a disappointing first year.
The guy is not a joke and it appears as if for the first time in a long time the Jaguars have something to look forward to.
Not bringing in Tebow as a jersey and ticket sales grab is the right football move.
From the owner’s point-of-view the temptation is strong to get the money.
From the GM’s point-of-view the mission is simply to contend for a championship.
It will be curious to watch how Caldwell handles the disenfranchised Maurice Jones-Drew.