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Can Tim Tebow Revive His NFL Career with the Jacksonville Jaguars?

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jeremy SickelContributor IIIDecember 22, 2012

Tim Tebow's season with the New York Jets hasn't quite gone as planned. It could all be ancient history, however, if reports from ESPN's Chris Mortensen are true.

According to this tweet from Adam Schefter, Mortensen says the polarizing quarterback could be calling plays with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.

And @mortreport reports it's "a virtual certainty" that Tim Tebow will play in 2013 for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2012

While the timing of this news is a bit bizarre, it couldn't be more refreshing for all involved parties.

The Jets get a trading partner that wants Tebow's services (maybe the only team that is willing to accept the circus that comes with Tebow); Tebow returns home and to a place close to where he played both high school (Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and college football (University of Florida); and the Jaguars bring in a guy that will re-stimulate interest in a franchise that is close to rock bottom.

The real question is whether Tebow and the Jaguars can actually take advantage of this opportunity. How high those expectations are will be the barometer.

While Tebow's talent as a quarterback is questionable, his leadership intangibles certainly are not.

From leading the Denver Broncos into the playoffs and past the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening round last season to a decorated college career that resulted in a Heisman Trophy and two national titles (starting quarterback for one), Tebow's credentials as a winner are not up for debate.

Tebow should get every chance to snag Jacksonville's starting job.

Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert hasn't lived up to expectations, and Chad Henne—though he is having nominal success with his chances this season—doesn't look like the answer under center for the Jaguars either.

All signs should have led to Tebow being drafted by the Jaguars in 2010. Those same signs should have resulted in a trade between Jacksonville and Denver last offseason before the quarterback ultimately chose the Jets.

Now that all signs point toward the two finally coming together in 2013, Tebow has no choice but to finally answer all the questions surrounding him on the football field.

If up to his most spirited supporter, however, Tebow to Jacksonville is a slam dunk.

Tebow virtual certainly to Jacksonville next yr, says Mort. Tebow will win that job and start winning games, making Rex look like a fool.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 23, 2012

There is evidence that he will struggle as a quarterback in this league, but there is also proof that can succeed. Until Tebow is given more time to prove himself, judgment on him in a Jaguars uniform should be tempered.

 

Follow Jeremy on Twitter @KCPopFlyBoy.

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