By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
My first reaction when I saw the Jaguars signed former New England Patriots’ quarterback Mike Kafka was, “There goes the neighborhood.”
Another player linked to Tebow and the Jaguars --- he goes on a list that reads Tyson Alualu, Blaine Gabbert and of course, the “Weapon” Bryan Anger. We don’t know a lot about Kafka, who was a player in Philadelphia before he was signed by the Patriots, but because he was cut to make room for the enigmatic Tebow, he immediately will draw attention here in Jacksonville.
The truth is, he shouldn’t.
The real truth is, regardless where he played, who he played for, what color his underwear is or which arm he throws with, if he can help this team win, that is all that matters. A cousin of mine would disagree with my assessment, but she wants Tebow here to sell tickets and keep the team in Jacksonville. That sounds a little like something done in the Big Apple where a kid who ultimately is good for the sport was strung along and played like a yo-yo barely seeing the field in 2012.
While I sound like a mark who is totally against No. 15 (No. 5 in Patriots’ programs) I am more against the people who want him here for the wrong reasons. You bring a player in to play first, sell tickets second. If the kid can play, tickets sell and the rest takes care of itself.
The Jaguars did the right thing in distancing themselves early on from this dilemma. Tim Tebow is now a New England Patriot. Mike Kafka is now a Jacksonville Jaguar. It is not a trade, it is not a switch, it is a matter of circumstance. I’m all about winning, and whoever gives this team a chance to do so, then great. But if you sign players for publicity (Hello, New York) and do not see the whole picture, then you lose sight of what the sport is about.
If Mike Kafka sets the world on fire and wins a spot on the roster, we shouldn’t once think it is a bad move because our community hero wasn’t offered the same deal.
Different players, different circumstances, different choices. That is what football is all about.
Like it or not, the Jaguars still made the right decision.
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