Jaguars fan poll: Do not take Tim Tebow
Season-ticket holders talk to GM Gene Smith during forum.
Posted: March 10, 2010 - 12:06am
RICK WILSON/The Times-Union
Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith answers questions from the media in January 2009 concerning the NFL Draft. Smith answered fans’ questions during a telephone Fan Forum on Tuesday night.
JACKSONVILLE.COM POLL: If the Jaguars drafted Tim Tebow, would you buy season tickets?
Tebow being on the team wouldn't affect my decision one way or another
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By Vito Stellino
The conventional wisdom that Jaguars fans want the team to draft former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow might not be accurate.
During the team’s first telephone Fan Forum with general manager Gene Smith on Tuesday night, an event limited to season-ticket holders, fans were asked if the team should draft Tebow.
Of the 800 fans who voted by phone, the answer was no by a 55 percent to 45 percent margin.
Vic Ketchman, the senior editor of jaguars.com who gave the fans’ questions to Smith, said he was “stunned” by the result. In the past, Ketchman has suggested that Tebow would have a better future in the NFL as a tight end than as a quarterback.
The Fan Forum was designed to promote the selling of season tickets and gave the fans a chance to ask Smith questions about the team.
Not surprisingly, the first question was about when Smith thought Tebow would be drafted.
Smith called it a great question, but he didn’t really answer it. Smith said draft boards can vary from team to team.
“I can’t give an answer to that,” Smith said.
When Ketchman asked if there was a chance the Jaguars would draft Tebow, Smith said he didn’t have a crystal ball.
“I’m not going to comment on where he’s going to be drafted,” Smith said.
Despite his success at Florida, there have been a lot of questions raised about Tebow’s ability to make it in the NFL as a quarterback because of his throwing motion and a poor showing in the Senior Bowl.
Smith seemed to indicate he doesn’t expect to draft a quarterback with the 10th pick of the first round when he said it wouldn’t be easy for a rookie quarterback to come in and be better than David Garrard and backup Luke McCow