TWO BITS: Meyer not absent, Tebow not popular

By Adam Silverstein
March 10, 2010

1 » Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer’s leave of absence is supposed to come to an end on March 17 when spring practice begins. While he has certainly taken an uncharacteristic amount of time away from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Meyer has been far from “absent” over the last few months. “It’s not like he’s been here at 6 a.m., but he’s sat in on a couple of meetings,” assistant head coach Dan McCarney told the Orlando Sentinel. “His text messages to us are still going strong. But clearly he’s tried to get away by removing himself from the daily operations, and I’m sure (his wife) Shelley has had a lot to do with that.” Even so, McCartney said Meyer is “ready to start grinding” next week.

2 » So every Jacksonville Jaguars fan wants former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow wearing their team’s colors next season, right? Not so fast. In a poll of 800 Jaguars fans conducted during a telephone fan forum with team general manager Gene Smith Tuesday night, 55 percent of season ticket holder respondents voted against the team drafting Tebow. Needless to say, some were “stunned” by the response.

9 Comments

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    This 800 subset of season tickets holders are hardly the base you want to poll when looking for a fan opinion regarding Tim Tebow. The folks you need to hear from are the fans who don’t buy tickets and the people who aren’t fans that you want to become fans. Drafting Tim Tebow will have zero impact on the hardcore base but the upside on the remaining population would be much different.

  2. npgator says:

    For Tim’s sake I hope he doesn’t land on that sinking ship of a team. They have progressively gotten worse over the past several years. Del Rio sucks as a coach and I can see this team moving out of Jacksonville if things don’t change soon.

  3. Actually, both groups’ opinions are important. You don’t want your FEW season ticket holders who are paying a large amount of money and are very important to your franchise to get disillusioned with your team’s strategy. You obviously also want to grow your fan base and get new people to buy tickets. Drafting Tebow may not have an impact on their season ticket holders for 2010, but if the team loses and Tebow doesn’t do anything, they could all drop in 2011.

    Either way, the front office is not basing their decisions off of what fans think. If they do, they should be replaced with competent personnel who can make their own decisions.

  4. Christy says:

    Agree with two bits. I would get jags tiks if they draft him and I don’t even live in Jax. But one of the articles said the GM said they would not pick him at 9 since he couldn’t come in right away and produce and since they don’t have a second round pick don’t see how they get him anyway. But this now gives them justification for not taking him.

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    I actually think the Jags did this because they do NOT want Tebow and are trying to find justification as to why.

  6. Daniel M. says:

    Could it be the season ticket holders see glaring needs elsewhere? I dunno. Might be an knock on Tebow, might not. One needs to understand their depth chart before making a judgement on what this means.

  7. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Even polling the fans in the first place is really embarrasing…..let’s hope Tebow goes elsewhere…he certainly would sell thousands of season tickets for them but I agree this is a fanchise like the Bucs headed in the wrong direction

  8. ReptilesRule says:

    Would love to see Tim up in Minnesota, reunited with Percy and perhaps under the tutorage of Brett Farve.

  9. g8ter27 says:

    I agree with the few who say the Jags shold not (or would not) draft Tim. I love the Gators and Tim tebow is a legend here but he is not a number 10 pick in the draft overall. Like someonementioned above, the Jags do not have a second round pick (likely where tebow will go) so the chances of the jags getting him are slim to none. The only way to make it possible would be to draft him at #9….draft suicide but then again they have done it before (see Harvey, Matt ones, Reggie Williams).

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