Tim Tebow: Jaguars GM Wise to Distance Team from Polarizing Quarterback

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 11, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars may have gone 2-14 this season, but new general manager David Caldwell has already done one thing right: Put any notion of Tim Tebow joining the team to rest. 

When asked about Tebow in his introductory press conference on Thursday, Caldwell simply said, "I can't imagine a scenario in which he'll be a Jacksonville Jaguar—even if he's released," via ESPN.

You can't be much clearer than that.

The New York Jets, the dysfunctional franchise that it is, decided to bring Tebow aboard before the 2012 season, despite all the drama that unfolded in the 2011 campaign. And we all know how that worked out.

In short, more drama.

By distancing the Jaguars from the media magnet that is Tim Tebow, Caldwell has already made it clear that, one, he's at least a decent evaluator of quarterbacks, and two, he doesn't intend to make Jacksonville the laughingstock of the NFL.

After what Jaguars fans witnessed this season, they must already be jumping for joy at the new hire.

The product Jacksonville put on the field this season, to be frank, flat-out stunk. 

A grand total of zero players made the Pro Bowl roster, and starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert averaged 5.98 yards per pass attempt, the lowest mark in the NFL among qualifying signal-callers.

The Jaguars averaged 15.9 points per game (30th in the NFL) and allowed 27.8 points per contest (29th). The team's point differential of negative-189 was second-worst in the league.

Clearly, Jacksonville has a long way to go in the talent department to get back to respectability.

But before you can even think about getting the most out of your players, you must first be a good evaluator of talent. You must run a tight ship and create an atmosphere befitting an NFL operation.

Caldwell's words on Thursday were so blunt that reporters asked him to repeat himself. After all the rumors circulating about Tebow potentially going back to his home town of Jacksonville, his answer took everyone (and perhaps even Tebow himself) by surprise.

Caldwell means business. Whether it translates to a better record is up for debate, but at least there's an air of authority in the building for the Jags. And given that Caldwell has been in the league for over 15 years (Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons), heck, he may even know what he's doing.

Now, wouldn't that be a sight for sore eyes in Jacksonville?


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