By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
After all the great things the Jacksonville Jaguars did over the weekend and the positive energy that has been funneled into EverBank Field and the North Florida area, the city, the team and the NFL does not need the circus of Tim Tebow returning home.
Any possible scenario of Tebow coming back to Jacksonville as a free agent needs to remain fodder for those press guys in New York and Connecticut. Jaguars general manager David Caldwell stated on day one of his being hired that there was no way he could see Tebow here in a Jaguars’ uniform and that he is not part of the future of this franchise.
Once the cold chill melted off the fans’ backs from that statement, and they accepted Caldwell as a visionary of this franchise, he has been steadfast in his commitment to bringing in players who will develop with this team and grow into a playoff contending organization.
Now that Tebow has been cut from the New York Jets, there does not need to be a reason why a “Tebow in Jacksonville” rumor be started or the question be asked.
I am not a fan of the former Florida great, but this column has nothing to do with that. His presence in the Jaguars’ locker room would be mistake and his media attention would be too intense for a franchise that has done little to win in the past few seasons. Tebow is a great “marketing” tool, but in my estimation, team owner Shad Khan has done a great job of promoting this team without the help of a 20-something kid who is a hero in these parts and a “wanted man” in 31 other NFL cities.
Teams like New England, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Tampa Bay may all have a need for him in their offenses as a “gimmick” player. The Jaguars don’t need gimmicks, they need wins.
Winning, sorry Charlie Sheen, is the only thing that matters in the NFL. Good guys are great and if I am asking my son to emulate anyone in sports for their character, then Tebow is the first name I talk about. As a player, there are a few others on this team I could point out as someone to follow.
Tim Tebow is the guy who stole the media spotlight as a second-year player and caused a frenzy the likes of which I have never seen before. The media hype here is not needed and not warranted. What this team needs to concentrate on is wins and loses, not who comes in to smile, say a few words and possibly affect a locker room. This organization is too fragile right now for that.
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