Jags owners says Tebow didn’t want to come to Jacksonville

AP

So much for the Ninth Commandment.

Last week, Tim Tebow said he had no say in his post-Denver destination.  On Monday, he admitted that he had input, but that he was fine with going to the Jets or the Jaguars.

Jaguars owner Shahid Khan says otherwise.

He didn’t want to come, obviously,” Khan said Monday, via Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.  “Any one of the 53 players we have, have to be committed to Jacksonville, making us be the best team we are.  The question was:  Did he want to come?  And if the decision had been taken out [of his hands] and we got him, that would not be good for him, or for us.”

As the Jaguars tell the story, the Broncos claim that they indeed let Tebow choose between the two possible destinations.

“In a way, this turned out great,” Khan said.  “If he doesn’t want to come, here we would have blown through a draft pick, blown through money, because cash and salary cap, you’ve blown through all that and we have a player who doesn’t want to be there.  From their viewpoint that is a far, far better alternative.”

But that shouldn’t be viewed as a slight against the Jaguars.  Thanks to G.M. Gene Smith’s ambivalence, Tebow viewed the Jets as a team that wanted him more.  If the Jets hadn’t wanted Tebow, Tebow would have been smiling and gushing and generally acting like Buddy the Elf at a press conference in Jacksonville.

Besides, a lot can happen within the next few years.  At some point, the Jets could have a new regime that doesn’t like Tebow.  At that point, the team that was his second choice in 2012 could become his first choice.

Or maybe his only choice.

Next time, there’s no guarantee Khan will want Tebow.  Unless, of course, Khan still wants to get rid of the tarps.

UPDATE 3:33 p.m. ET:  During Monday’s press conference, Tebow talked about his input to the Broncos regarding the eventual trade destination.

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78 responses to “Jags owners says Tebow didn’t want to come to Jacksonville

  1. Blame your own coach and GM, Khan. If you wanted the man, you should have made it known he was wanted by the coaches and staff.

  2. Can’t blame him, even if he’s from there. Who in the heck would CHOOSE to go to Jacksonville? Lol.

  3. Once again…a second or third string quarterback that barely plays would never have gotten rid of the tarps. They would have came off for a few home games and the fans would realize that Tebow is a non-factor for most of the game and it’d go right back to where it started, tarps and all.

  4. I don’t understand why this guy is getting all of this attention. I haven’t heard not one of this teamates say they were sorry to see him go, in fact I get the feeling they were glad to see him go, and that has nothing to do with Manning. I get the feeling his teamates felt Tebow was getting credit for winning games and he really didn’t deserve it, from the way he plays I don’t think Tebow deserved all that praise and credit either.

  5. Your GM doesn’t want him, alienates the guy from the jump and then you say, He didn’t want to be there – wise up.

  6. Khan is not making any friends, nor allies. The NFL wil eat his lunch and take his lunch money.

    What do you think, Jacksonville? Your favorite son, Tim Tebow, didn’t want to come home? You believe Tebow or Khan?

  7. “But that shouldn’t be viewed as a slight against the Jaguars. Thanks to G.M. Gene Smith’s ambivalence, Tebow viewed the Jets as a team that wanted him more. If the Jets hadn’t wanted Tebow, Tebow would have been smiling and gushing and generally acting like Buddy the Elf at a press conference in Jacksonville.”

    Tebow was pretty clear, he didn’t go to the Jags because their coaching staff DIDN’T WANT HIM. Khan pursued tebow against his coaches wishes. Why would tebow put himself in the same kind of situation as he was in, in Denver. Tebow went where he was wanted. End of chapter EXODUS. Next up, his ASCENSION. Tebow rolls out and runs on water. It’s TEBOW TIME.

  8. Any one of the 53 players we have, have to be committed to Jacksonville, making us be the best team we are Really?

  9. Guys… Please… Who would you rather compete against? Sanchez… Who is already on the frying pan in NY. Or Bradford who is an up and coming young classic style QB in the Jags eyes?

    It’s a no brainer!! Go where your going to have the best chance to see the field!!! It has nothing to with city or team as much as it has to do with Sanchez just sucking.

  10. LOL You guys just put the tarp stuff at the end of each Jacksonville article just to mess with us Jags fans. It’s used up and old.

  11. @bragerber

    “Because Tebow would look like an even worse QB with the Jags D.”

    You mean the 6th ranked D in the NFL?

  12. Lol this is too funny. Jags saving face to a fan base who other wise doesn’t care lol. Tebow would put butts in the stands and they need to do that more than winning a Super Bowl. How about get a following for your team before making excuses why your team has sucked since the year after you entered the NFL. Not to mention that you stuck with Jack Del Rio for like ever, even though he had 4 winning seasons lol Jags=Joke

  13. “cowboycjn says:
    Mar 26, 2012 3:25 PM
    Who in their right mind would want to go to the Jags?”

    Laurent Robinson and Aaron Ross apparently.

  14. Why do you keep calling Tebow a liar? Expressing an opinion about where you want to go isn’t the same as making the final choice. The Broncos had all the power. It seems to me that everyone is telling the truth here.

  15. rmiller517 says:
    Mar 26, 2012 3:19 PM
    Why would anybody, given the choice?
    ————————————————-
    Because the other choice was the Jets……

  16. If Tebow thought he had a clearer path for the starting job with the Jets then the Jags, then he’s crazy.

    Gabbert is even worse than Sanchez and didn’t just get a new contract.

  17. kokomike says: Mar 26, 2012 3:29 PM

    Khan is not making any friends, nor allies. The NFL wil eat his lunch and take his lunch money.

    What do you think, Jacksonville? Your favorite son, Tim Tebow, didn’t want to come home? You believe Tebow or Khan?

    __

    Considering the Tebow-chose-the-Jets narrative is coming from multiple places, including Tebow’s agent, I’m gonna go with that.

    PS: MOST of Jacksonville is pretty darn happy with how this played out.

  18. Removing the tarps would be stupid, because then you’d have an 80,000 seat stadium. I like the stadium the way it is, 67,000 seats. That’s an NFL sized stadium.

  19. Thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Why do you keep calling Tebow a liar? Expressing an opinion about where you want to go isn’t the same as making the final choice. The Broncos had all the power. It seems to me that everyone is telling the truth here.

    He expressed his opinion when asked where he wanted to go, and then denied that he had ANY role in the choice. The Jaguars made the better offer, the Broncos honored Timmy’s wishes.
    Tim did not tell the truth—-isn’t that a lie????

  20. Tebow is in New York now. He said he didn’t know anyone from the Jags coaching staff. Can we just let this topic die now and focus on something else?

  21. I’m happy he didn’t come here. I didn’t want him here in the first place. He is nothing but a freaking Circus act. True Jaguars fans understand this and agree he would have killed Gabbert’s development the only group that wanted him was gator fans who can’t separate college from pro football.

  22. it looks more like tebow didn’t lie, and khan is backpeddling to save face, and tout his team

    sounds like a guy who has moved on from denial , to clean-up

  23. Seems to me that being the backup to Sanchez is probably a better strategy for a hopeful-starter than entering the mix with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Makes sense.

  24. The timing was wrong. Weaver stuck Khan with Gene Smith when he sold him the team. Otherwise Gene would be long gone. He didn’t earn his contract on merit. Then Smith hired the coaches to work with his draft pick, Gabbert. So, Shad would have had to fire the lot of them shortly after they were hired.

    The fix was in. Smith couldn’t figure out how to trade back in draft Tebow in 2010, even though the much maligned Josh McDaniels did with the next pick of the draft, and came out with Tebow, D. Thomas, and E. Decker. So then the big lump of cold porridge started covering his tracks. Moving up to draft Gabbert in 2011, even though the team never even interviewed him prior to the draft. Signing Chad Henne when it looked like Tebow might come on the market.

    Tebow isn’t in Jax for one reason. Gene Smith’s ego.

  25. Why ,because that what he is if Denver didn’t want to help him be in the situation he felt Ok with they would’ve took the better deal simple as that. Dam if Tebow didn’t want to offend his home town he should’ve told the truth from the gate. Now he just looks silly he should be happy some team wanted him at that position . Having heart and a good upbringing is good ,but skills is needed to play QB in this league. He could be a good HB though .Why not play the position he would Excel at ?? Just saying

  26. Is that really a picture of the Jags new owner? Looks like Sacha Baron Cohen on the set of a new movie.

  27. Ganguli is part of the Too Cool For Tebow crowd in Jax. Along with that ardent Born Again Cretin, Prisco. Take whatever they say with lots of salt. And seltzer.

  28. emma333 says:Mar 26, 2012 3:42 PM

    Thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Why do you keep calling Tebow a liar? Expressing an opinion about where you want to go isn’t the same as making the final choice. The Broncos had all the power. It seems to me that everyone is telling the truth here.

    He expressed his opinion when asked where he wanted to go, and then denied that he had ANY role in the choice. The Jaguars made the better offer, the Broncos honored Timmy’s wishes.
    Tim did not tell the truth—-isn’t that a lie????
    __________

    I think you should go back and look at what was said by each party. This is a controversy fueled by this website’s desire to make Tebow look bad. Whoops, my comment just got deleted.

  29. Maybe Tebow doesn’t want to play for a guy originally from an Islamic nation? Just a thought.

    But in serious note, Tebow is a Jets. So let us move along.

  30. Jags fan here. I don’t want Tebow and I’m glad we didn’t get him. I don’t want that circus. I saw what he did in Denver and they are justifiably glad to be rid of him, not because he is a bad guy, but because of HIS FANS. I like Tebow, but I cannot stand his fans.

  31. Did G. Smith or Mike call Tebow just to let him know he was wanted? Hell No!! The coach and GM contacted Tebow about being a jet and he went there. It had nothing to do with Tim believing he could beat out Sanchez for he ‘d have an easier time beating out ” Lame” Gabbert. Gene Smith & M. M. blew it for the Jags and the fans should be furious for the city neededTebowMania, the tarp would have been removed for good and the Jags would have been relavent once again. Now the Jags are doomed to pitiful play, a deer in headlights qb, and a stadium covered with tarp once again. Kudos goes to G. Smith and M.M.,a.k.a. Dumb & Dumber.

  32. “choice1329 says:Mar 26, 2012 3:26 PM

    I don’t understand why this guy is getting all of this attention. I haven’t heard not one of this teamates say they were sorry to see him go, in fact I get the feeling they were glad to see him go, and that has nothing to do with Manning. I get the feeling his teamates felt Tebow was getting credit for winning games and he really didn’t deserve it, from the way he plays I don’t think Tebow deserved all that praise and credit either.”

    Who do you think threw the ball to DT in the playoffs, and played QB for those wins in the reegular season? He may not be great but he helped the Broncos win. The WHOLE team did. Please stop bashing the guy.

  33. finally comes out Tebow isn’t perfect and he lies….shocker! all those Tebow fans must be crying now that they realize he really is only human, as the rest of us have always known.

  34. marty2019 says:Mar 26, 2012 4:41 PM

    Jags fan here. I don’t want Tebow and I’m glad we didn’t get him. I don’t want that circus. I saw what he did in Denver and they are justifiably glad to be rid of him, not because he is a bad guy, but because of HIS FANS. I like Tebow, but I cannot stand his fans.
    ________

    You also hate winning.

  35. I’m starting to think that we faked Suddan Husseins execution and that he’s secretly under disguise as the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars!

  36. ” If the Jets hadn’t wanted Tebow, Tebow would have been smiling and gushing and generally acting like Buddy the Elf at a press conference in Jacksonville.”

    Wow, a lot of vitriol there towards Tebow. Did he do something to you?

  37. Majority of Jacksonville wanted Tebow except for those who like playing the victim card. They like the city being put down because of the tarps, empty seats, boring product, horrible GM, etc…

    They are the “real” fans. Just ask them. All six of them.

    Jets got Tebow because they offered a 6th round pick. Jacksonville did not. Now our creepy owner is trying to play this off? Not buying it.

    Im not even a Tebow fan. I’m even less of a fan of the football the Jags attempted to play last year – uninspired mush. Fire Gene Smith.

  38. I have read what Elway said, and what Fox said and what TT said. No article has ever reported that the Bronco’s speficially told TT that they would definitely send him to any team that made an offer for him that he wanted to go to. Yes, asking TT where he wanted to go implies that they were going to do so. But unless they entered a contract (yes, verbal one’s are legal) in which they were legally bound to do so, the Bronco’s could do whatever they wanted. TT said “they had the power, not him”. He was and is still correct.
    The real question is: Why is this issue even being reported on? Oh yea, things are so slow on the NFL news front that “bottom feeding” reporting has to be engaged in.

  39. HEAR ME OUT:

    TIM TEBOW is a JET!!! We Jags fans don’t care of this past due topic. All of you are arguing this bullshiz while the media continue making their money for exactly this, stirring up ALL opinions & building hatred amongst us fans of 32 clubs. If we let it go, they’ll eventually blow up another story. Move on peeps!
    Agreed?

  40. Majority of Jacksonville wanted Tebow except for those who like playing the victim card. They like the city being put down because of the tarps, empty seats, boring product, horrible GM, etc…

    _______________

    You sir, are an idiot and a fool. The majority of Jaguar fans don’t want him here and let out a collective sigh of relief when the deal with the Jets went through. The victim card, really? How about the fact that he’s an underperforming, overpaid, overhyped former college football star. He’s still a good kid though.

  41. As a Broncos fan I can tell you that Tebow, though basically a nice guy, really does enjoy the attention. My take is that he was presented with roughly equal opportunities ( in his eyes anyway) and chose the one that offered greater excitement and visibility.

    As an aside, listening to his speak(soft and somewhat lispy), it won’t surprise me to hear rumors he’s hanging out with “friends” in the gay bars. I’m not suggesting he’s gay but just that he kinda comes across that way. By the way, I’m perfectly ok with it if he is gay. I say judge by how they play ON the field, not OFF of it. Why should anybody care who fracks who?

  42. Why don’t you admit that you lied Tebow? Elway was right all along. So the pious humble angel, Tebow had the choice of pick just like I said before; So many of yall tried to vilify Elway. I’m SO glad that he’s not my Jags! Tebow was right about one thing though; Mularkey, and Gene Smith (rightfully) wanted NOTHING to do with Tebow, only Khan did.

  43. lincolnhawk77
    Mar 26, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

    Truth hurts doesn’t? You and the other feebled-minded “fans” will be the reason this team leaves. Thoroughly awful product on the field and no desire to change because you are a follower. You sir = fail. I will be at the games this year where I will see you and your mom disguised as a tarp.

  44. blancodiablo says:
    Mar 26, 2012 6:10 PM

    Jets got Tebow because they offered a 6th round pick. Jacksonville did not. Now our creepy owner is trying to play this off? Not buying it.

    Wrong!..We offered a better deal, he didn’t want to come. Get over it! Not a Tebow fan my ASS. Your are not a Jags fan as stated above. Gatornation is what’s wrong with this city.

    A local host on sports radio pinned down one of these clowns the other day, and possed this question “Would you rather lose with Timmy, or win a playoff game without him?” His answer….You guessed it. TEBOW. This is what we are dealing with in North Fl. I’ll buy you a oneway ticket to N.Y.C. —->IDIOT<=YOU!

  45. To @rexismybff: It wouldn’t have mattered if the Jaguars coach and staff made Tebow feel like they wanted him. Tebow wanted the Jets, pure and simple! He had a choice and he chose the avenue that would make him an even bigger star and where he thought he might be able to play his way into taking Mark Sanchez’s job. I like Tebow, but he’s no fool. He is going to ride this popularity train as far as he can….. I’m sure part of that is to spread his message of a Christian life style, and another part of it is to increase his riches, and still another part is to increase his name recognition, and anyone who can’t see that just doesn’t want to. Not saying it’s a bad thing, but it is what it is. I mean come on, he has signed on with a powerful agency that the likes of Brad Pitt and George Clooney would use…..

  46. To @randygnyc: You are precisely the reason Tebow is so polarizing gone. HE DOES NOT, AND NEVER WILL WALK ON WATER. Get real. He’s a good guy, but please pull yourself together……

  47. To @thankheavenfornumberseven: Tebow kind of lied. It may have been unintentional but he did. First he said that he had no say, then the next day he admitted that he not only had a say in the final decision, but was also updated as the process unfolded. He admitted that AFTER Elway and Fox commented that he was indeed innvolved. I think Tebow didn’t want the Jags to know that he just didn’t want to play there. He didn’t want to hurt the city from which he hails, and who knows, maybe he didn’t want to burn bridges, as we just don’t know how he’s going to pan out in NYC!

  48. @setoac1, yes the Broncos had the power; that is obvious, but they still gave Tebow a choice and he made it. It’s TEBOW that needs to stand up and say, yes, the Broncos held the power, but they consulted me and I made MY decision. PERIOD! He would come off looking better. I mean, he’s a gret guy and did fantastic in the press conference, but he is not perfect and that has been proven! It’s not the end of the world for Tebowmania. None of us are perfect. Again, HE IS JUST A MAN…..

  49. Uhhh, garryjersia, I believe Elway gave Tebow a choice!! I think you might be the fool here. WHY would an NFL team take less for a trade Huh???? The Jags offered more than the Jets. Last I checked the goal in a trade is to get as much in return as is possible. There is no argument here…..

  50. To @jacksonvilledave:

    A local host on sports radio pinned down one of these clowns the other day, and possed this question “Would you rather lose with Timmy, or win a playoff game without him?” His answer….You guessed it. TEBOW. This is what we are dealing with in North Fl. I’ll buy you a oneway ticket to N.Y.C. —->IDIOT<=YOU!

    WOW, just wow! It's even worse than I thought. Tebowmania is just unbearable at this point!

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