The Jacksonville Jaguars introduced their new general manager, David Caldwell, on Thursday and the former director of player personnel for the Atlanta Falcons almost immediately did more to help the career of Tim Tebow than anyone in the NFL has done in Tebow’s three seasons.
Caldwell was candid about Tebow’s quarterbacking ability, or lack thereof.
There has been discussion for about a month now that Tebow might be headed to Jacksonville next season after a lost season with the New York Jets. Caldwell’s answer: “I can’t imagine a scenario where he would be a Jacksonville Jaguar.”
Period, quote, end of story.
Some will see this as a declaration that Tebow’s NFL career is over and others will take it as more evidence that the NFL is somehow involved in a massive conspiracy to embarrass Tebow because of his religious beliefs.
But what Caldwell did is something that John Fox wouldn’t do, that John Elway wouldn’t do, that Rex Ryan wouldn’t do and that is to state unequivocally state that the way Tebow plays the position of quarterback doesn’t fit in the National Football League.
Before anyone wants to inundate me with the numbers; yes … yes, I know he won a playoff game with the Denver Broncos in 2011. Yes, I know he was took a 1-4 team and turned it into a playoff team, albeit a playoff team that struggled to finish 8-8.
But it wasn’t all Tebow.
The Bronco defense was pretty solid in 2011 and Tebow pulled off more escape acts that Harry Houdini in his heyday.
And when Tebow confronted solid schemes like those put out there by the New England Patriots—hardly a defensive juggernaut in 2011—and the Kansas City Chiefs—hardly a juggernaut in any sense—Tebow was lost in the woods.
This is where Tebow’s rabid fan base does him a huge disservice.
Instead of acknowledging that their hero has some faults, such as being a God-awful practice player with throwing mechanics that would make most 9-year-olds cringe, they point to his record, as if there’s nothing at all wrong with how Tebow plays the position and that the problem is that no one is willing to give Little Timmy a chance to play.
But maybe that’s just what Tebow needs to hear, loud and clear, that without some serious changes, he can’t play that position in this league.
I kind of feel bad for Tebow; his is perhaps the most poorly managed career in the history of sports; so poorly managed that he might be out of the league soon.
At the very least, we know he’s not going to Jacksonville.