Give new Jaguars general manager David Caldwell this: he sure knows how to stun a room full of reporters.
That’s exactly what he did during his introductory press conference on Thursday, a feat he accomplished with his response to the inevitable Tebow Question. With reports circulating that The Chosen One would be making His Great Return this offseason, it was bound to come up. It did, and Caldwell’s answer was as misguided as it was direct.
Asked about the team’s quarterback situation, Caldwell said there would be an open competition between semi-bust Blaine Gabbert and temporary solution Chad Henne, and he added they would look to bring in others. Just not Tim Tebow:
“As far as Tim goes, he is a member of the New York Jets, so I can’t imagine a scenario where he would be a Jacksonville Jaguar.”
That was the final line in a much longer answer, and it just hung in the air, seeming to knock the wind out of everyone in the room for a split second. An audible “Uh-” could be heard from someone in the crowd, followed by a call to “Say that again?”
He did, and when asked whether Tebow would be an option if the Jets released him, Caldwell said no again.
Big ups to Caldwell, because that showed some balls (as a younger Tim might say, “Big Nuts!”). It’s also a major step forward from the way his predecessor, Gene Smith, used to leave people dumbfounded — by a draft strategy that displayed a level of expertise similar to that of a child playing Monopoly without reading the rules.
But Caldwell’s comment was also stupid and unnecessary. Read More →