Tim Tebow: Jaguars Savior?

Ok, let’s face it. The Jacksonville Jaguars STINK. In their first two games of the 2013 NFL season, the Jags have scored 11 points. They lost 28-2 against the Kansas City Chiefs, and failed to put up double digits against the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville’s brother in the cellar of NFL success. The Jaguars haven’t had a winning record since 2007, and that includes three seasons of 5 wins or fewer (2-14 last season). Jacksonville was projected by nearly everyone in America to finish last in the AFC South this season, and they’re living up to their awfully low expectations so far. Orlando TV stations even issued a public apology to fans who were stuck watching Jaguars games. So things are bad there.

Things are pretty crummy for Tim Tebow as well. Less than two years removed from an 80 yard touchdown to upset the Steelers in the AFC playoffs, Tebow is unemployed. He had a two-month preseason trial with the New England Patriots, which was about as productive as his previous season with the New York Jets. Last season, Tebow played sparingly, racking up 39 yards passing and 32 yards rushing. In 3 games this preseason, Tebow completed just 36.7% of his passes for 145 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions (47.2 QB rating). Since the Patriots already have Ryan Mallett and some dude named Brady as quarterbacks on their roster, they cut Tebow at the end of the preseason. So things stink for Tebow, too.

So instead of two bad situations, why don’t we make things better for everyone? That’s what Jacksonville fans are saying, and they are taking to the streets to prove their point. Today, hundreds of Jacksonville fans held a rally to convince Jags’ leaders to sign Tebow. 56-year-old fan James Stewart said, “It’s the perfect time in our view to do a Tebow experiment. Whether you like him or not, I think everyone would watch. It would be compelling.” He’s probably right. Right now, the Jaguars might be as exciting to watch as professional curling. Tebow would increase TV ratings and interest in the team.

Tebow grew up in Jacksonville and played for two high school teams in the area. After his impressive showing, Tebow attended the University of Florida, where he won the 2007 Heisman Trophy and the 2008 BCS National Championship. Known more for his ability as a mobile quarterback than a true pocket passer, Tebow was not highly regarded as an NFL prospect, but was still drafted in the first round. His NFL career has been marked by periods of success, media frenzy, and questionable quarterbacking. Still, Tebow is an investment the Jaguars want to take.

59,416 fans attended the Jaguars game last week, good enough for 88.5% attendance. For an NFL team, that figure is pretty sad. Now that the team is 0-2, fewer fans will show up to cheer on a losing team, especially since their next home game comes after the Jags head to Seattle (can you say 0-3?). Tim Tebow’s homecoming party could draw more fans and more revenue for the Jaguars. It’s a risky move, but a move the Jaguars need to take. Otherwise, this season could get ugly fast.



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