Disclaimer: Despite the interesting title of this piece, it is NOT, I repeat NOT an endorsement of drafting the most hotly debated prospect to come out in some time. Quite the contrary.
Tebow was arguably the best college football player in SEC history if not the history of college ball. That's probably too generous a complement, and yet you've heard it countless times on the NFL Network (for those of you in Western NY be thankful that you haven't had to hear that) and various other outlets. While Tebow has all of the "intangibles," (and frankly, if I could do heart/soul transplant surgery and put his into say, J.P. Losman's body...I'm just saying) he clearly lacks an understanding to play the quarterback position at the NFL level. To say his Senior Bowl performance was dreadful would be an understatement. Notwithstanding his strep throat, he couldn't take snaps from center and displayed the much discussed elongated throwing motion that caused him to fumble TWICE in less than a quarter of play. (By my calculations Tebow played 5 series for 14:17.)
So how exactly is he going to keep the Bills in Buffalo? With the continued talk of Los Angeles landing a team, and the Bills still rumored to be one of those teams, Tebow will be THE key in determining who leaves to go to LA. You see Jacksonville, another team rumored to be the focus of LA's lust for the NFL, needs to sell tickets. And that's where Mr. Tebow comes in.
Wayne Weaver, the Jags owner, wants Tebow to be a Jacksonville Jaguar so he can put fans in the seats. It's almost inevitable that Tebow will be a Jaguar. Since Tebow is unlikely to be a franchise QB (though I truly believe he'll end up being a serviceable NFL football player-just not at the starting quarterback position), when the Jags select him they will be sealing their LA fate.
It is true that Tebow will at first generate a buzz no matter where he goes, especially if that place happens to be his hometown Jaguars. But fans want to watch a winner (which boggles my mind that we perpetually sell out the Ralph-and yes I'm among the "guilty". I guess that's why we're the BEST fans in the NFL). It seems to me that Jacksonville doesn't have the NFL fan base that frankly all other 31 teams do. Even basketball crazed Charlotte supports Jacksonville's expansion brethren Panthers much, much better. So if the Jags end up regressing, even with the hometown hero under center, the fans will continue to stay away. And if the fans stay away...then their team will go away. All the way to LA.