I never got into Tebowmania but . . .
Tim Tebow will not be playing for his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars next season, not if new General Manager David Caldwell has his way.
In his introductory news conference Thursday, Caldwell was adamant that the former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida and current failed Jets quarterback is not part of the team’s rebuilding plan.
“I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar — even if he’s released,” Caldwell said.
And the Jets have indicated they will release Tebow, who was the odd man out when New York shuffled struggling starter Mark Sanchez and third-stringer Greg McElroy in and out of the lineup.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has been intrigued by Tebow possibly returning to his hometown. Jacksonville has had a revolving door at quarterback recently, with heralded second-year pro Blaine Gabbert getting injured and veteran Chad Henne having mixed results this season.
“It’s not my decision,” Khan said Thursday. “I want to do whatever to help this team win. Who the players are is really the general manager’s and coaches’ [decision]…. It’s a football-side operation decision. It’s really not my decision.
“I’m telling them to take a look at Tebow and they’re saying, ‘We’re going to go in a different direction.’”
I can see why nobody wants Timmy on their team. All he has ever done is win. He took his college team to two BCS championships. His only year in the pros as a regular starter he took his team (Denver Broncos) to the playoffs and won the first game. Then he was traded to the Jets where he rode the bench all year. Now they’re dumping him.
At the end of his college career, Tebow held 5 NCAA, 14 Southeastern Conference, and 28 University of Florida statistical records. He was the SEC’s all-time leader in career passing efficiency (170.8), completion percentage (67.1%), passing touchdown to interception ratio (5.5 to 1), rushing yards by a quarterback (2947), rushing touchdowns (any position) (57), and total touchdowns responsible for (145). Among many mentions in the NCAA Division-I record book, Tebow is ranked second in career passing efficiency, third in career yards per attempt (9.33), 8th in career rushing touchdowns, and also owns the record for most consecutive games in which he both threw at least one touchdown pass and scored at least one rushing touchdown (14).
Tim Tebow’s awards and honors:
2× BCS National Championship (2007, 2009)
2× SEC Championship (2006, 2008)
2× First-team All-American (2007, 2008)
Second-team All-American (2009)
3× First-team All-SEC (2007, 2008, 2009)
AP Player of the Year (2007)
Davey O’Brien Award (2007)
2× Maxwell Award (2007, 2008)
Heisman Trophy (2007)
Quarterback of the Year (2007)
SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
Manning Award (2008)
William V. Campbell Trophy (2009)