Tim Tebow Will Never Be a Jacksonville Jaguar and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistJanuary 11, 2013

No Tebow in teal.
No Tebow in teal.Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The dream of many a Gators fan in North Florida is dead.

Tim Tebow will not play for the hometown Jacksonville Jaguars.

At the introductory press conference for new general manager David Caldwell, he announced that the franchise has no interest at all in bringing Tebow in under any circumstances. As Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union noted, he said it twice.

And so ends the shortest tenure as franchise savior in world history. Tebow's stint as Jacksonville messiah lasted approximately two weeks during which time he was employed by the New York Jets.

Caldwell's background betrayed his bias on quarterbacks. He comes from the Bill Polian school, who once said that he would have considered Tebow as running back.

The move signals that the Jaguars want to be taken seriously and aren't willing to settle for gimmicks as a temporary way of boosting attention. The bad news is that they still are no closer to finding an answer at quarterback.

Caldwell stopped short of offering any kind of full endorsement of Blaine Gabbert. His comments revealed that he felt Gabbert was a major project out of school, implying he was severely over-drafted by the club. He spoke of his youth and inexperience but didn't declare him to be the answer.

So with no Tebow and no obvious franchise quarterback, Caldwell has his work cut out for him. Tebow's only value to the franchise was as a sideshow distraction from the overall product on the field.

Now that he's not coming to Duval County, fans will have nothing else to pay attention to but the team.


General Interest

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth previews the weekend's games.

Andrew Mooney of Harvard Sports Analysis looks at chaos in the NFL playoffs.

Michael Schottey of Bleacher Report has a word for mobile quarterbacks.


Houston Texans

Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus calls J.J. Watt the best player in the game.

Andy Benoit of the Football Outsiders does film work on the weekend, including Pats-Texans.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says J.J. Watt won the PFWA award for defensive MVP. I voted for him.


Indianapolis Colts

Todd Smith of Colts Authority questions if the Colts should resign Donnie Avery.

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star picks 11 memorable plays from the season.


Tennessee Titans

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com asks if Kendall Wright was slighted. I voted for T.Y. Hilton and Justin Blackmon.

Tom Gower of Total Titans picks Derrick Morgan as the biggest surprise in 2012.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says the Titans fired Frank Bush, linebackers coach.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Kuharsky looks at strong candidates for the coaching job.

Stellino says Shad Khan did a lot of research for the hire.


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