The Jacksonville Jaguars are a hard team to figure out. Wait, make that impossible.
I understand why they didn’t take Tim Tebow in the first round Thursday night. They had much more important needs they needed to fill with such a high pick (No. 10).
What I don’t understand is why they would take such a reach, drafting a defensive tackle who was projected as a late first-round pick at best. If you’re going to take a reach, take Tebow, the hometown hero and a legend in Florida who would have brought so much to the franchise (including drawing power to put more fans in the stands, a desperate need in Jacksonville).
And what I really don’t understand is this: How could the Jaguars ignore Tebow the way they did throughout this process? They showed not even the slightest interest in Tebow. At his press conference Thursday night after the draft, Tebow revealed that he had spoken to the Jaguars only once, and that was at the NFL Combine way back in February. Once this news spreads, there is going to be a major meltdown among Jags’ fans, who were ready to have one anyway with that questionable first-round pick.
I know the Jags were not going to take Tebow in the first round. They pretty much made that clear to anyone who would listen. But couldn’t they have at least faked it a little bit, made it look like they were interested in Tebow? At least show him a little respect? Couldn’t they have at least taken the short drive to Gainesville to interview him and work him out and show him a little love? Couldn’t they have taken the time to at least get to know him a little better — and show their fans they were listening to them just a little bit?
Instead, they ignored one of the greatest college football players of all time who happened to grow up in Jacksonville.
While some of their fans were launching a Web site urging the Jags to draft Tebow, the Jags were acting like the guy didn’t even exist.
This is a shaky franchise that is in trouble. Interest is waning, attendance is abysmal. After the way they’ve handled this Tebow situation, things are only going to get worse. Maybe the Jags do need seriously start think about a move to Los Angeles. Or maybe they need to dump Jack Del Rio and shake up the front office. Or just shake the front office.
The poor way they handed this whole Tebow thing could very well come back to haunt the Jags. If Tebow turns out to be a big success in Denver and Tyson Alualu becomes yet another first-round bust for the Jags, then there will be no forgiveness from their angry fans.
All I’ve got to say is, good luck with that.