He’s yet to invite anyone to read his lips. Eventually, he may.
“For us, it was always about a fresh start,” Caldwell told Alex Marvez and Bill Polian of SiriusXM NFL Radio “It was about new energy here with coach [Gus] Bradley, with Shad Khan being our new owner, myself as a first-time general manager and a coaching staff that has a lot of first-time coaches there, too.
“We just wanted a fresh start. We didn’t want the same recurring themes coming up.”
That’s the same point Caldwell made last month in an appearance on PFT Live. The team wants to move past some of the same old things that have been dragging down the franchise.
Polian, who as we reported earlier today served as an off-the-radar consultant to Khan during the 2012 season, applauded Caldwell’s decision.
“David has been around a lot of really good quarterbacks,” Polian said. “He knows what a really good quarterback looks like. He’s able to judge quarterbacks.
“My opinion is he’s made the right judgment. It’s time to stop beating that [Tebow] drum.”
So the door is closed in Jacksonville, and it will stay that way. Making Tebow even less likely to join the team is the presence of former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who’ll do what Tebow would likely be doing if he were to join the team as a jack-of-all-trades.
Caldwell said Robinson will participate in 10-15 snaps per game as a running back or a receiver. Marvez speculates that Robinson also could play quarterback in short-yardage/red-zone packages.
So to all Tebowmaniacs who hope to see Tebow return to the town he spurned last year for a chance to supplant Mark Sanchez, while it’s true that we all can go home again, count Tebow among the millions who won’t be going home to play for the local NFL team.