Thursday, January 10, 2013
Cease all Tebow-to-Jaguars talk right now
By Paul Kuharsky
Put the Tim Tebow-to-Jacksonville talk to rest, America.
New Jaguars general manager David Caldwell surely knows that talking about a player under contract to another team is technically tampering. Nevertheless, he felt compelled to snuff out that story line immediately, addressing Tebow during his introductory news conference.
"I can't imagine a scenario where he'd be a Jaguar, even if he's released,” Caldwell said.
I’d long maintained that even if owner Shad Khan was intrigued by Tebow, he wouldn’t force a new GM to take on a player he didn’t want.
Caldwell has worked for teams with Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan at quarterback, and Tebow wouldn’t help him get the Jaguars anywhere close to those kinds of quarterback situations.
Though Caldwell emphasized positivity and passion, he knows it will take more than those to win.
A couple other notes from the news conference:
- Caldwell said he feels like the team needs a fresh start and that was the primary reason for dismissing Mike Mularkey as head coach. The wheels have started turning in a search for a new coach, but Caldwell set no timetable for the hire. He used Atlanta’s Mike Smith as an example of the kind of guy the team might find, indicating the new guy doesn’t have to have a head-coaching background. Caldwell and the coach will be involved in “co-building” of the team. The coach will be the primary voice of the team.
- Caldwell sees a role for analytics as a supplement to evaluations and he sees a role for Shad Khan’s son, Tony Khan, is that regard.
- Khan pushed Caldwell to visit the Jets for a second interview so as to be sure what he wanted, so he followed that advice and it became clearer to him that the Jacksonville job was the one he wanted.
- Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union reports Khan said Caldwell’s is a five-year deal.