BY MIKE BIANCHI
ORLANDO SENTINEL / MCT
ORLANDO – Even Magic Johnson knows what should be done.
“If the Jaguars are going to only score two points,” Johnson tweeted Sunday, “they might as well call Tim Tebow!”
It’s pretty sad when an NBA legend who now owns a Major League Baseball team in Los Angeles knows more about running an NFL franchise in Jacksonville than those who are actually running the NFL franchise in Jacksonville.
He gets it
You see, Magic gets it and always has. First and foremost, he’s always believed sports should be fun and entertaining. In contrast, the Jaguars, for the last decade, have put a product out on the field that has been mundane and unwatchable. And, yet, they steadfastly refuse to throw a bone – a Te-bone – to those dwindling few of us who still watch their games either in the stadium or on TV.
Will somebody explain to me again why the Jaguars won’t give Timmy a chance?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.
And, believe me, after watching the dismal Jaguars get blown out 28-2 by the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, it’s already clear to me after one week of the NFL season that the Jaguars have nothing.
Here’s all you need to know about Jaguars starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert: It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Jags offense progressed past midfield. I’m not saying Gabbert is a coach-killer, but he’s been Jacksonville’s starter for three years, and the Jaguars are on their third head coach.
And will somebody also explain to me why subpar quarterbacks such as Gabbert and Josh Freeman and Brandon Weeden and Christian Ponder get opportunity after opportunity, year after year, to mature and develop, but one of the greatest winners in college-football history has been cast out of the NFL?
Look it up
Never in history has there been a first-round draft pick like Tebow who has been given less of a chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. As far as I can tell, there’s never been a QB drafted in the first round who compiled a winning record (8-4) and took his team to the playoffs in his only year as a starter and never again started another NFL game.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying Tim Tebow will ever be a great NFL quarterback, but my point with the Jaguars has always been this: What’s the worst that could happen if they signed Tebow? That fans might actually want to buy a ticket or click on the TV and watch them?
Seriously, are the Jags worried that Tebow would make them a punch line? They’re already a punch line.
Are they worried that Tebow would become a sideshow? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: A sideshow is better than no show at all.
Give him the keys
Isn’t one season of being interesting better than the last decade of being irrelevant? Why do the hapless Jaguars continually refuse to do what any logical-thinking person knows they should do: give the keys to this jalopy to the city’s most famous and favorite son?
What is the downside of signing a hometown hero and making your franchise at least temporarily compelling?
The Jaguars are already miserable. So what if they continue their misery under Tebow?
Then they get the No. 1 pick and draft Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. Good for them.
At least Tebow, even if he fails, would make this season bearable. Let’s face it, nobody wants to watch the Jaguars right now, but if they sign Tebow and play him, then everybody will watch them.
And, who knows, maybe, just maybe, Tebow would be able to work his magic with the Jaguars. Maybe he would do what he’s done every place he’s ever been: win. He won state championships in high school, national championships in college and even took the sad-sack Denver Broncos to the playoffs in his only year as a starter in the NFL.
Just one reason
Give me one logical reason why the NFL’s most moribund franchise wouldn’t want a perennially winning quarterback who would sell tickets, move merchandise and make everybody in the country want to turn on Jaguars games?
I’m going to keep shouting it from the mountaintop until somebody in Jacksonville listens.
IT’S TEBOW TIME!!! When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.
Mike Bianchi is an Orlando Sentinel columnist.