Urban Meyer says he has to make a decision on Tim Tebow soon (but it sounds like it’s been made)

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Tim Tebow, who could have been traded to the Jaguars in 2012 but chose the Jets instead, could finally be signing with Jacksonville. Coach Urban Meyer, in explaining the overall reasoning to Cris Collinsworth, strongly suggested that Tebow will inevitably be a Jaguar.

“We have not signed Tim,” Meyer told Collinsworth. “There’s a thought going around. He was in the best shape of his life, asked to see if he could work out with a couple of our coaches. I wasn’t even there. And they came back to me and said, ‘Wow, this guy’s in incredible shape.’ Then I went another time and watched them try him out. And they said, ‘Go work on these things.’ He comes back later. They try him out again, I’m not there. They came in and they said, ‘Wow. This guy’s ball skills. He’s a great athlete. He looks like he’s 18 years old not whatever he is, 33. And I said, ‘Guys, you don’t understand, now. This guy is, he’s the most competitive maniac you’re ever gonna talk to. And let’s give it a shot. And I have not decided if we’re gonna do that or not yet. Getting close. I gotta make a decision here pretty soon.”

So it looks like Tebow was worked out not once but three times by the Jaguars. It also looks like Meyer, by using the phrase “let’s give it a shot,” plans to sign Tebow, who last played in a regular-season game nine years ago.

As mentioned earlier, Meyer is the only coach who would sign Tebow. And Meyer can say whatever he wants about Tebow being in the “best shape of his life” and having great ball skills despite never playing tight end, but here’s the simple reality: No one has even remotely considered the prospect of signing Tebow.

If he truly had the chops to play tight end, someone else would have at least have given him a workout by now. Thus, like his foray into baseball, this isn’t about finding the best available player but about finding the best available gimmick.

As Meyer tells it, Tebow initiated the process. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. Regardless, the inevitable signing of Tebow by the Jaguars isn’t about football but the business of football.

The question then becomes whether he’s good enough in practice to keep teammates from rolling their eyes even more than they already will be inclined to do based on his lone snap playing NFL tight end.

65 responses to “Urban Meyer says he has to make a decision on Tim Tebow soon (but it sounds like it’s been made)

  1. Sign him! Guy deserves a shot. He was always respectful. If he sucks, send him on his way.

  2. Davis definitely wants a redo on the chuckie contract khan won’t be far behind

  3. If he truly had the chops to play tight end, someone else would have at least have given him a workout by now. Thus, like his foray into baseball, this isn’t about finding the best available player but about finding the best available gimmick.
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    That’s not exactly accurate though. He possibly had the chops at 1 point to play tight end and there were talks teams wanted to try him at it but his ego wouldn’t let him give up the fact he thought he was a great qb. Other than that yes Tebow is a gimmick to attract attention.

  4. Urban Meyer is something of an enigma. On the one hand he’s had success everywhere he’s been- largely owing to his mastery of the X’s & O’s. On the other hand, his undoing everywhere he’s been has had to do with his judgment about some of the players he’s surrounded himself… not the least of which was Tebow’s college teammate, TE Aaron Hernandez.

  5. So the conservative right wing social justice warrior gets a fourth (at least) chance.

  6. Urban Meyer is not going to get a lot of time on this rebuild. If Tebow is taking snaps away from a better player, I doubt he’ll stick around. Absolutely no harm in giving him a shot and giving him a preseason to see if it’s worth a spot.

  7. HagemeisterPark says:
    May 11, 2021 at 7:55 pm
    Sign him! Guy deserves a shot. He was always respectful. If he sucks, send him on his way.
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    You mean besides the many shots he got the first time around? This guy is like the reverse Kaepernick, he kept getting chances despite being obviously bad at football at the NFL level.

  8. Why don’t they just make him the mascot? That’s what he’s really there for isn’t it?

  9. As a Titans fan I love the new Jags. Signing this clown. Burning a first on a RB when you already have a damn good RB. Hiring a guy who literally just got fired for being a huge racist. Initially vouching for him and then firing him when that predictably blows up in your dumb face. Just love it.

  10. I know that people are going to want to compare this situation to Kaepernick, but it really isn’t comparable.

    Either way, Tebow does not deserve this chance at all. How can anyone justify bringing in a 34 year old to play a position they never played after being out of the league entirely for 9 years? It’s pretty much BS no matter how nice of a guy Tebow is.

    But yeah, Kaepernick had demands before taking any old position and pay. I highly doubt he would be willing to come back at another position at low pay.

    They should have hired Tebow to work at the stadium and entertain the fans or something while they got as drunk as possible in order to tolerate watching the Jags try to play football!

  11. If the Jags and Urban Meyer want to change their reputation and be taken seriously, they need to stay away from stuff like this. If Tebow wants to be a mentor, hire him as the team chaplain.

  12. I wonder how many of the commenters saying Tebow deserves a shot would say the same about Kaepernick? 🤔

  13. touchback6 says: “I wonder how many of the commenters saying Tebow deserves a shot would say the same about Kaepernick?”
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    Tebow actually showed up for three separate tryouts. Kaepernick has a scheduled 2019 tryout in front of MULTIPLE team scouts and blew it off.

    Don’t complain you didn’t get a job when you can’t be bothered to even show up for the job interview. Seriously, if you want to win a lottery, at least put in the effort and go out to buy a ticket…

  14. There’s a dozen or so former college basketball players with limited football experience who had a career as an NFL tight end. Tebow is already built like a TE, has knowledge of the passing game, and hasn’t had 9 years worth of football injuries. Sign him up! It’s good for football. Nobody is threatening to boycott football because of Tebow.

  15. It baffles me to hear people complain about Kaep vs Tebow. One is about dividing us, and the other loves EVERYONE. I think we could all use a little Tebow in our lives, right about now. If you don’t like Tebow, you need to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask yourself why.

  16. Tebow run our of money? Need a couple $mill? Maybe get some prime face-time again before running for office? What’s his angle?

  17. >> his lone snap playing NFL tight end.<<
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    The Jets counted on a Sanchez to Tebow pass to save the day?

  18. I get that he is a great athlete, and I wish him luck. But to jump in to a new position at 33 is going to be challenging. There is a lot to learn about the position, blocking leverage, route running, body positioning, etc.

  19. “dudeicle says:
    May 11, 2021 at 8:56 pm
    Tebow run our of money? Need a couple $mill? Maybe get some prime face-time again before running for office? What’s his angle?”

    His angle is he played in the NFL, is a primetime SEC and ESPN CFB analyst so you know he can afford his own groceries. If he uses his: Personality/Religion/former NFL presense/Affiliation with Jacksonville/Affiliation with legend Urban Meyer/ESPN higher ups/Some other ‘ANGLE’ we don’t even know about — then thats cool it WORKED. Because he’s now going to play in the NFL. And yes he could run for office afterwards and do it.

  20. Kaep was never respectful to the process. He sat when benched. Asked for a release. Wouldnt sign as a backup. Didnt show for tryouts. And the list goes on. He burned his bridges many times. There is no comparing the 2.

  21. This is ridiculous, surface level amateur hour roster building.

    33 year old player (how many of those are there in the NFL?) who hasn’t played in 9 years and is playing a totally new position.

    Comical.

  22. The difference between one and the other, Tebow is willing to work for it, the kneeler guy quit after he was benched for Blaine Gabbert. Wait he didn’t quit, he just knelt, and felt sorry for himself.

  23. Well, the Jags couldn’t draft Kyle Pitts. Tebow is obviously the next best tight end available. Plus he’s a really nice guy and he deserves it.

  24. If they sign Tebow it’s proof that it’s never about what you know, it’s who you know.

    Has Tebow been compared to any of the undrafted college TE’s, still available? Speed, strength, knowledge of the position, ability to play the position? Nope! He’s just a close friend of the head coach.

  25. One thing Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow have in common is they’ve always been winners. Jacksonville didn’t trade down for the #1 pick. They earned it by being the worst team in the NFL. Meyer wasn’t hired to keep on losing. If you’re curious to see how a winner turns around a losing team, keep your mouth shut, keep your eyes open, and take note of everything Urban Meyer does. I guarantee you’ll be smarter for it.

  26. I wonder how many of the commenters saying Tebow deserves a shot would say the same about Kaepernick?

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    I would say it. Kaepernick absolutely deserves a shot at playing TE for the veteran minimum. Something tells me he doesn’t want that though.

  27. This doesn’t bug me.seems like half the battle in the nfl is heart. He will probably play his guts out. If he’s good enough great. If not just cut him.

  28. The Tebow hate campaign is in full effect. The media won’t stop until Meyer regrets all the attention over a 2nd string h-back.

  29. So, the staff that said Tebow had three incredible workouts… are they the staff that helped construct the team that went 1 and 15 last year, or are they all new guys Meyer brought in that have no NFL experience?

  30. One of the worst traits of a person, especially a leader, is to lie simply for the sake of lying; to lie when there is absolutely nothing to be gained.

  31. Both Tebow and Meyer will be out of the league in no time. Day and night from the college world.

  32. If Brady can win a super bowl at 43, then Tebow can earn a spot on the NFL’s worst team as a tight end at 33.

  33. I say sign him and give him a shot through camp. If he’s good enough then he gets a place. If he doesn’t, then it hasn’t worked. The NFL is full of gimmicks, I don’t see the problem with at least trying to find out if he’s good enough.

  34. If he can actually help the team win, good for him. If he’s not a capable TE and they give him a roster spot I don’t think it will end well.

  35. With Trevor Lawrence and Tebow on the same team that locker room is going to be holier than thou.

  36. Urban Liar what a farce! Taking a spot away from a much younger and deserving player, for why?

  37. What is the big deal here? It’s part of the 90 man roster. He’s got no better chance to make the team than a typical UDFA…

  38. Tim Tebow > Colin Kaepernick in so many ways there’s not enough time or space to count them.

  39. It’s fairly obvious to me what’s going on. Sure, Tebow will help sell tickets but that wasn’t a problem with Trevor Lawrence, Etienne, and Urban Meyer all on board. Meyer simply wants Tebow’s leadership and athletic ability in the locker room and on the field.

    He won’t be a tight end; he’ll be gadget player like Taysom Hill and Jim Crash Jensen. But they want to call him a “tight end” in order to avoid the QB controversy if Lawrence struggles at first. Tebow has a gigantic, borderline unreasonable fanbase. They don’t want the headache of people screaming that Tebow should start at QB when the Jags start 2-7.

  40. Teams will do just about anything to gain an edge and win football games. If Tebow turns out to be someone who can help the Jags, they’ll sign him. If he can’t help, they’ll release him. Meyer knows Tebow’s capabilities and he wants to check him out and see if he can still play. What’s the problem with that? Teams already know Kaepernick is a terrible QB and can’t play.

  41. Not that I’m on the Tebow watch but what happened to his baseball career. Last I heard years ago he was playing baseball. Got to give him credit, he never quits trying to be a jock.
    What the heck is this with a 33 TE making the team.

  42. This move was made so Tim Tebow can retire as a …. well who really cares? Maybe this will finally put his dreams to rest.

  43. The NFL is 7 on 7 flag football, Tebow will be moved around for certain situations.

  44. Urban’s rah rah approach will not work at the pro level. He thinks Tebow will be an inspirational guy who will rally the team around his message, “Hey, guys, we can DO it!” Meanwhile he’d be taking up a roster spot that could be spent on someone who might actually contribute. The only way this could be effective is if Urban cuts him to show that he is so cold that he will even cut his own personal Messiah.

  45. bartholomew says:
    May 11, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    So, the staff that said Tebow had three incredible workouts… are they the staff that helped construct the team that went 1 and 15 last year, or are they all new guys Meyer brought in that have no NFL experience?

    Are you under the impression that Urban Meyer doesn’t know any coaches with NFL experience?

  46. This reminds me of the theme from movies like Rudy, the Vince Papale story, Rocky etc. Sometimes those situations have unexpected endings but usually don’t. Best to just let it play out and see where it goes. If signed, the only guarantee for Tebow is a chance to defy the odds.

  47. This is truly a nonstory. The Jag’s are NOT signing him this is a dodge to take pressure off Trevor

  48. Personally I can’t wait to see Timmy get face planted when he’s on the field. He is totally out of his comfort zone.

  49. This is just a publicity stunt to fill up the stands. There are literally more than a dozen available tight ends that could outplay Tebow.

    I predict that Meyer will last 2 years, tops, then back to college he goes.

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