It's a time of great change and optimism for the long-suffering fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars. By virtue of last year's 1-15 debacle, Jacksonville landed the most highly touted quarterback prospect in a decade in Clemson's Trevor Lawrence. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan turned over the reins of the franchise to a head coach in Urban Meyer who won a staggering 85.4 percent of his games at the collegiate level, including three national championships.
But dark clouds are already starting to obscure the Florida sun. Before Lawrence has even taken a single snap in the pros, his head coach has made a number of puzzling moves, punctuated by signing a washed-up former quarterback to play tight end.
The Tebowmania sideshow has come to Jacksonville, and with it Meyer has demonstrated something quite clearly:
He's in over his head.
There had been reports for some time that the Jaguars were considering signing Tim Tebow, who starred for Meyer under center at Florida from 2006 to 2009, as a tight end. That signing became official Thursday, and Tebow released a statement thanking the team for the opportunity while embracing the challenge to come:
"I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn the chance to be part of this team. I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace. I am dedicated to taking the direction of our coaching staff and learning from my teammates. I appreciate everyone's support as I embark on this new journey."