The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired GM Gene Smith, and many expect that team owner Shahid Khan will demand that the first job of the new general manager will be to trade for or to acquire Tim Tebow. Khan more or less said as much when asked if he wanted to trade for Tebow prior to last season.
Khan thanked Smith for his work, but acknowledged that this team needs to win now.
Whether he truly believes that Tebow can change that remains to be seen. But Khan is a smart businessman who knows that if nothing else, Tebow will drastically help improve the ticket sales of the Jaguars in 2013.
“Now it is time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to begin a new chapter,” Khan said in the statement. “We’re not looking back. I’ve made it clear from Day 1 that we pledge nothing less than to deliver the first Super Bowl championship to Jacksonville. Our fans have been remarkably loyal over the years, and they were truly outstanding this past season. We simply must do better for our fans.”
Smith was not a Khan guy from the beginning. When former owner Wayne Weaver sold the Jags to Khan, he convinced him to retain Smith for at least one full season. Khan chose to honor that request, but did not wait long after to let him go. It remains to be seen what fate head coach Mike Mularkey will have once a new general manager is named.
The Jags have many glaring holes, but will have the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. They will also face a large question mark in terms of what to do with running back Maurice Jones-Drew going forward. While becoming a general manager is always a good thing, whoever accepts the job in Jacksonville will have their work cut out for them.
Especially if Khan insists on Tebow as the starting quarterback.
Good luck with that one.