The Tebow Gamble

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Jacksonville Jaguars
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Now that the Peyton Manning Sweepstakes has ended in Denver, the real question remains: what’s in Tim Tebow’s future?

About the only thing we know about Tebow’s future is it will not be in Denver. The Broncos aren’t going to bring in Manning and subject him to cries for Tebow to remain the starting quarterback. Yes, there are Broncos fans who are so in love with Tebow that not even the arrival of one the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks of all time will change their minds.

Tebow’s gotta go via trade or release.

Will the Jaguars go after him? Should they?

Will the Dolphins go after him? Should they?

Both Florida franchises could use help in selling tickets. Both are mired in losing. While Tebowmania has swept the nation, nowhere is the love for him as great as it is in his home state. He is instant box office. That’s not debatable.

What is debatable is whether or not he’s got what it takes to be a big-time NFL quarterback. Signing Tebow and having him become a franchise quarterback would be a decade-long bonanza for either franchise. Signing him and not winning would become old news a lot quicker than his most ardent fans would admit and set the franchise back for several years.

Which ever team signs Tebow will have to totally commit to the former Gator Heisman Trophy winner. The general manager would have to surround him with players that fit his game. The coach would have to build a new playbook.

Tebow’s passionate fans think signing him is a no-brainer. Tebow’s critics think it’s insane to even consider it.

Both sides are convinced they’re right. I call this the epitome of being caught between a rock and a hard place. The stakes are high in the Tebow Gamble.

They’re too high for me if I was calling the shots in either Jacksonville or Miami.


  1. John Watson says:

    Make him an H-Back and use him effectively – just as the Patriots use Hernandez. He could play QB in so-called “Wildcat” formations, but at least you’d get him on the field and leave your playbook intact. That would put fannies in the seats, keep Tebowmania going and give Gabbert a decent chance at succeeding. Isn’t it worth a 3rd or 4th round draft choice to get him? I don’t think that’s much of a gamble.

  2. tom dennis says:

    gators will be bad again and us gator fans will buy the tickets to jags , we couldnt go sat and sunday games with the economy but we all saw the empty seats in the swamp last year

  3. Reb says:

    I’m no Gator, but I see a lot of value in having him on your roster. Flashback to Tebow’s freshman year @ UF. You saw a rotation @ QB w/ Chris Leake depending on the situation and the focus was on the team win, not the stats of the individual. I believe they won a championship that year. He is Keanu Reaves from “The Replacements.” He’s the QB that everyone loves and pulls for, but nobody gives a chance. Like the character, he is filled w/ so much heart, leadership and determination, that he is going to churn out wins, mostly ugly, but they still count, and the people love him for it. I don’t think he’s “the guy”, I think he is a role player and requires a football coach who will think like a pitching coach.

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