Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Jaguars' owner engages in early Tebow talk
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The story is inevitable, I just didn’t think we’d hear it addressed by the Jaguars so soon.
But as the Jaguars continue to try to stir up interest in tickets for their Sunday home opener against Arizona, they’ve also addressed a guy who can be a big draw for them in 2010 and beyond, local hero Tim Tebow.
"The game is such an important part of this community, and Tebow is such an iconic figure that people would legitimately think, 'Wouldn't it be great if he was a Jaguar,'" team owner Wayne Weaver said. "I'd be silly to sit here and think that's not going to be a huge thing.
"Clearly there's going to be a groundswell for Tebow, and we'll have to make that evaluation if we have a draft pick that's going to be anywhere near him.
Weaver also said Tebow "would be an asset to any football organization."
An asset? Yes. A starting quarterback? A lot of scouts aren’t close to sure yet, or don't think so.
(Comparing him to LeBron James as this piece did qualifies as a stretch right now, in that James was rated a can’t-miss NBA prospect and plenty of NFL personnel folks do not view Tebow that way.)
A couple things the Jaguars can’t do as this storyline builds:
But none of those will wind up being the biggest temptation if the Jaguars wind up in a good spot for selecting Tebow.
- Spend this season thinking about what’s coming in the 2010 draft.
- Be influenced to take the local hero even if their football people don’t think he’s the best player for them.
- Allow their marketing or ticket people to have any bearing on such a football decision.
That will come from the legion of fans who would love to see a Florida Gator with at least two national championships and one Heisman Trophy play professionally at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
Some of them already have “Draft Tebow” stickers.
This will be only the first blog entry of many touching on a lot of this, though for the sake of the franchise, I hope it’s able to minimize things until the season’s over.
Not a good start by Weaver on that front. But if an owner struggling to make waves in his market got some peoples' attention, can we blame him?