ESPN analyst says Tim Tebow decision could hurt Urban Meyer's credibility with Jaguars' locker room
Last week, news broke that Urban Meyer and the Jaguars were signing Tim Tebow to a one-year deal as he tries to make a comeback as a tight end.
However, that one-year deal doesn’t guarantee Tebow a roster spot. He’ll still be asked to make the 53-man roster, and one ESPN analyst says that could be a problem for Meyer if he does.
“If Tim Tebow is on the opening day roster, it will eviscerate Urban Meyer’s credibility,” Former executive and current analyst Mike Tannenbaum said on Friday morning. “Decisions in the NFL are based on meritocracy … If that organization is based on relationships, they have no chance to win.
“If [Tebow] makes this team, it’s just gonna really hurt Urban’s ability to stand up in front of the team and say ‘Hey, how you play matters. Because it simply won’t. It would be based on a relationship.”
Tebow hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2012, when he was a sparingly-used quarterback for the New York Jets. He started two games that season and completed 6-of-8 passes.
Meyer’s relationship with Tebow dates back to their days at Florida together, where the pair won two National Championships. Tebow attempted a baseball career inbetween NFL stints, but retired earlier this year.
Tebow remains a longshot to make the Jaguars’ roster for Week 1.
Here’s Tannenbaum’s full remarks:
"If [Tim Tebow] makes this team, it's just gonna really hurt Urban's ability to stand up in front of the team and say 'Hey, how you play matters."
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