Fans in Jacksonville may get what they want, as reports that the Jaguars are seeking to sign quarterback Tim Tebow increased Thursday, Oct. 3.
After sources told Examiner.com that the 0-4 Jags were planning to include Tebow in an upcoming series of roster moves, The Pigskin Report, ran with a report by Terezownens.com that Jacksonsville management may be reaching out to Tebow.
As expected, those against bringing the free agent back to Jacksonville have been vocal in the social media. Dozens of tweets indicate an obvious disdain for the former Florida Gator.
"I would rather see them go 0-16 than bring in Tebow," one tweet read.
And 0-16 the Jaguars may go. Being outscored 139-32 and averaging eight points a game, the team is on pace with the 2008 Detroit Lions, who dropped every regular season game after a perfect preseason slate.
The Jags, however, were just has bad in the preseason this year. Finishing 1-3, Jacksonville's last win came in its final exhibition contest, squeaking by the Eagles Aug. 29.
Still, many fans believe Tebow isn't the answer.
"Why bring in a guy who isn't an NFL quarterback?" Jaguar fan Dante Onil said. "If Tebow could play in this league, he'd be on a roster. He can't and he's not. He's had three chances. End of story."
On the other side of the debate, thousands of Jacksonville fans, including a group that calls itself "Jags-Tebow, Why Not," are calling for the team to sign Jacksonville's favorite football son immediately.
The group took credit for flying a banner that read "Tebow, Why Not?" over EverBank Field in Jacksonville as the Jags played the Colt last week.
Fans have also held ad-hoc rallies to convince GM Davd Caldwell and Coach Gus Bradley to sign Tebow.
"(It) figures......they would rather lose every game than bring a hometown hero home!" a Thursday fan tweet read.
Tebow was an All-American quarterback at Allen D. Nease High School in Jacksonville. After serving as a backup in 2006, he was the starting quarterback for Urban Meyer's Florida Gators for the next three years, winning two BCS National Championships and a Heisman Trophy.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, a source reported Caldwell and Bradley were mulling whether to pursue to Tebow. While details of those talks are not available, it is believed Tebow may be asked to play fullback and tight end. If that's the case, the Jags would likely stick with Chad Henne or Blaine Gabbert, who have been nothing short of dismal so far.
The Jaguars also have two other quarterbacks. Former Iowa standout Ricky Stanzi is the team's No. 3 man, while rookie running back/receiver, former Michigan quarterback, Denard Robinson, is listed as an "other" signal caller.
When the Jaguars traded tackle Eugene Monroe to Baltimore for future draft picks Tuesday, the scene was set for what could be an offer made to Tim Tebow, a source said .
Late Tuesday, ESPN reported the Monroe deal was part of a series of moves that could include high profile players within coming months.
While it's clear the Jaguars are looking beyond 2013, whether they have players in place to win now is arguable at best. If they bring in Tebow, even for one year, the Jags would at least have an identity worth recognizing. Let's face it. Tim Tebow may not come with a skill set worthy of the Pro Bowl now, but he's proven he can win games.
Tebow is a fan favorite and brings a strong element of leadership to the locker room. If he agrees to change positions, the Jaguars would still be better off than they are now.
Notable Current Jaguars Stats
Record: 0-4 (139-32)
Blaine Gabbert: Passing: 33 for 67 for 300 yards, no touchdowns, five interceptions, 10 sacks. Rushing: 26 yards on six carries, no fumbles, no touchdowns.
Chad Henne: Passing: 46 of 82 for 512 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, eight sacks. Rushing: 14 yards on four carries, no touchdowns, one fumble.
It's clear Henne and Gabbert aren't the only ones to blame. The Jaguars have several factors working against them. From playing for a rookie head coach to an offensive line that's shaky at best, the team just needs to find its legs. And for many, those belonging to Tim Tebow could help them win--now.
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