These three factors add up to a very interesting story coming from the official "We The People" website. This website allows Americans to voice their opinions and form petitions. These petitions can reach Obama and the White House if they meet a certain number of votes.
Well, there's a petition going around out of Jacksonville asking Obama to force the Jaguars to sign Tim Tebow. Here's the message in the petition, via John Breech of CBSSports.com:
Jacksonville Jaguars fans want the team to sign recently released QB Tim Tebow. However, rookie general manager for the Jacksonville Jaguars David Caldwell is blocking this from happening. If the Jaguars sign & START Tebow, home games will be sold out, sales will spike, the team will win and the fans will be happy.Mr. Caldwell is ignoring lots of facts about the misunderstood Tim Tebow while in Denver: Passer rating of 125.6 is highest ever in Broncos postseason history. Most yards per completion (31.6) in NFL playoff history.100.5 QB rating is best ever for a Broncos QB in his first start.Third most passing yards in a game by a Bronco rookie QB. (308, in his 2nd start), First 15+ point comeback in the final 3 minutes of an NFL game since the merger,7 game winning drives in just 16 games!
This petitions will need 100,000 votes by May 30 to get pushed up to Obama. Even then, there's no guarantee (and a near impossible chance) that Obama takes any action.
To the writer's credit, many good points are made in the petition. Tebow did have a strong showing in the postseason, is a proven winner and would give the Jaguars a much-needed face to help fill the stadium. A middling team like Jacksonville hasn't had much to look forward to in recent memory (sorry, Maurice Jones-Drew), and bringing in Tebow would not be a bad decision.
Gabbert has failed in his first two seasons. He doesn't really have the weapons to create any offense, so Tebow's ability to run would be valuable.
But attracting Tebow to Jacksonville is more than just an on-field scheme. Tebow brings a face and personality to an otherwise faceless and personality-less franchise. At the very least, his signing would show general manager David Caldwell's willingness to improve the franchise—even if Tebow doesn't necessarily pan out.
In short, this petition will never pass (though it could conceivably get the necessary votes). This is just another example of the desperation of Jaguars fans trying to put a winner on the field.
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