Tebow May Not Have a Place to Land – NYTimes.com


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by Toni Monkovic  Posted on January 11 on via NYTimes.com


Tim Tebow may be too popular to play football anymore.

Unless he wants to quit playing as a quarterback.

After a miserable 2012 season (the Jets played their part in that), Tebow was expected to at least have Jacksonville as a landing spot. Tebow, a former Florida Gators star and a native of the Jacksonville area, has a huge base of support there.

But any team that would take him on would have to deal with the drama of how much playing time Tebow should receive.

John Elway wanted no part of that distraction in Denver and executed a great escape. The Jets enjoyed the Tebow experiment so much that they didn’t start him even as Mark Sanchez sometimes played as if he were sabotaging the season. (After the way they treated him, the Jets probably owe it to Tebow to release him soon, to give him better odds to latch on with another team.)

And now, the new general manager of the Jaguars, Dave Caldwell, says he has no use for him.

Some of the headaches associated with Tebow are media driven. Last month, ESPN’s president acknowledged that the network went overboard with its coverage. But the basic dynamic can’t be helped. Tebow is polarizing and popular, and that drives media interest, which drives up the distraction effect.

We’ve gotten this far and haven’t even discussed that many analysts and football executives don’t think Tebow has the passing skills to be an N.F.L. quarterback.

The coverage at Jackonsville.com, the Web arm of The Florida Times-Union, reflected the doubts. The columnist Gene Frenette said Caldwell offered a “clear, authoritative plan of action.”

At his first news conference, when the inevitable question came up about Tim Tebow’s possible future as a Jaguar, it took Caldwell about 2.5 seconds to make his intentions known once he invoked the quarterback’s name. “I can’t imagine a scenario where he would be a Jacksonville Jaguar,” said Caldwell, then calmly repeated that assessment when asked by an incredulous media member.

Justin Barney, also at Jacksonville.com, might as well have been discussing the Jets when he wrote: “It wouldn’t be fair to Tebow or the organization to bring him in as simply a player to move the turnstiles.” More from Barney:

Tebow would help sell tickets in the short term. I think for as many anti-Tebow fans there are five, 10, 50 pro-Tebow fans out there. He would sell jerseys and infuse the Jaguars with some energy. But as much as I like Tebow and respect what he’s accomplished at every place he’s been, I don’t think he’s the answer in Jacksonville.

Extra point So then, if Jacksonville doesn’t want him as a quarterback, who will? It may be hard for some people to understand — Tebow did his part to lift the Broncos to the playoffs and to one postseason victory last season– but it seems possible that no one in the N.F.L. will. Tebow has repeatedly said that he won’t budge from his goal of being a quarterback, but is it time for him to change his plans?

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