"That would have been the worst thing for Jacksonville and the worst thing for him," Jaguars owner Shad Khan told the Times-Union at the NFL's annual league meetings. "He didn't want to come, obviously. … Any one of the 53 players we have, have to be committed to Jacksonville, making us be the best team we are. The question was: Did he want to come? And if the decision had been taken out [of his hands] and we got him, that would not be good for him, or for us."
Disappointing for the Jags faithful, I'm sure, but it's not like it's hard to see it from Tebow's point of view, either. Yes, he's a Gator legend and beloved in Jacksonville, but he's also a guy who likes to win football games. The Jets are in a better position to do that than the Jaguars.
And if the decision was about becoming a starting quarterback ‒ and there were reports that it was ‒ it's not clear that Jacksonville had any advantage there, either. No, Blaine Gabbert did not light the world on fire in his rookie season as Jags quarterback, but Mark Sanchez is probably closer than Gabbert to eating bench.
And Khan's right ‒ if a guy doesn't want to be on your team, then there's no point in forcing him. Tebow probably wouldn't have been the type to mope about it, but still, you wanted committed guys who are happy to be where they are. Granted, it's a little bit of a taller order to find those things when you're talking about Jacksonville, but you do the best you can.
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