In case you were fortunate enough to miss it, yesterday was one of the most extraordinary days in the history of the Jaguars. First the Jets traded for Tebow, then language in Tebow’s contract held up the deal, but at the end of the day, the trade went through.
The Jets may have ultimately landed Tim Tebow, but make no mistake about it, the Jacksonville Jaguars are the big winners in the madness yesterday.
I was, and still am, annoyed to say the least when it became clear that the Jaguars were pursuing a trade for Tim Tebow. From a PR standpoint, however, the Jaguars did exactly what they should have. They were one of the finalists to land Tim Tebow, and they weren’t willing to overpay for him. It’s a win-win because they didn’t actually get Tebow (die-hards are satisfied), and the Jaguars made a legitimate effort to land Tebow (casual/Florida fans are satisfied).
There’s one thing we can all agree on. Shahid Khan meddled in a football decision. From a business perspective, maybe Tim Tebow helps sell some tickets and jerseys, and maybe he doesn’t. It’s hard to tell. From a football perspective, such meddling can’t happen.
Shahid Khan said shortly after acquiring the Jaguars that he would let his football people make the football decisions. He also said that Tim Tebow was a very rare exception. I’m still taking him at his word, and I’m hoping that Tebow sticks in New York. If Khan was and is being honest, he won’t be interfering with Gene Smith and company the rest of the offseason. Shahid Khan has been very public about his liking of Tim Tebow. Him pushing to get Tebow shouldn’t surprise anyone. Tebow’s the exception, not the rule.
Was I upset with Khan yesterday? Absolutely, but I just can’t stay too upset with Shahid Khan. He’s doing a lot of great things for the Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville. Tim Tebow is one issue that I strongly disagree with him on. The fact of the matter is that two people of far differing backgrounds will never agree on every issue. I’m okay with that, especially since I got my way in the end anyway.