Tim Tebow is looking to revive his NFL career at a position other than quarterback.
Tebow recently worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. While no final decision has been made, the Jaguars have discussed the possibility of signing him.
Tebow announced his retirement from professional baseball back in February, and we immediately noted that the timing did not seem like a coincidence. Tebow played for Urban Meyer at Florida, and the two won two national championships together. They have similar religious values and remain close. A few years ago, Meyer even watched Tebow in one of his baseball games.
There was talk of Tebow potentially converting to tight end before he began his NFL career, but he was committed to playing quarterback. He’s now 33, but he has presumably remained in shape.
Tebow last played in the NFL with the New York Jets in 2012. He spent some time in the New York Mets’ minor league system after that.
Tebow is still beloved in the state of Florida, and bringing him to the Jaguars might create some goodwill for Meyer after the coach’s hiring disaster this offseason.
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Alex Smith’s decision to retire from the NFL apparently was not a foregone conclusion.
In an appearance on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Monday, Smith admitted that he visited the Jacksonville Jaguars and did consider playing for his former college coach Urban Meyer before retiring.
“I took a trip to Jacksonville and checked it out,” Smith said. “I left there so excited about what Coach Meyer has going and what he’s building and his vision and the culture that he’s going to bring. Even though it was nearly 20 years ago that I played for him in college, he still has that fire, and that definitely did excite me.
“I wanted to do my due diligence even though I was learning toward retirement, and I wanted to marinate in it a little bit. I wanted to see what was out there. I’m happy I did.”
Had Smith joined the Jaguars, he likely would have served as an insurance policy for expected No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence. That wouldn’t have been a bad gig, but it’s pretty clear that Smith was ready to move on.
Smith called it quits after 16 NFL seasons and a remarkable comeback from a catastrophic leg injury. He can certainly be proud of his accomplishments.
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The robust offseason quarterback market is still moving in the NFL, and a new name may be appearing on it.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Jacksonville Jaguars have received trade calls on quarterback Gardner Minshew. Rapoport adds that it’s too soon to tell if the Jaguars are willing to move Minshew, but that teams are at least interested.
The Jaguars have the first overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, and are exceedingly likely to select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. However, coach Urban Meyer may want to get Lawrence used to the NFL instead of throwing him in as Week 1 starter. If that’s the case, the Jaguars might want Minshew around to handle the starting job until they feel Lawrence is ready for it.
Minshew went 1-7 in eight starts in 2020, though he threw for 2,259 yards with 16 touchdown passes and five interceptions. His career margin of touchdowns to interceptions is a respectable 37 to 11, and he has clearly signaled that he feels he’s good enough to be an NFL starter. He could be a decent option for some teams with quarterback issues.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are doing what they can to ensure head coach Urban Meyer has weapons to work with in his first season at the helm.
The Jaguars have added five players on Monday while also re-signing defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot. There is a clear emphasis on offense, with a wide receiver and a running back being brought in.
Former Seahawks receiver Phillip Dorsett is the speed receiver Meyer wanted. His teammate on the Seahawks, running back Carlos Hyde, will provide insurance at that position. Hyde seems like an obvious addition, as Meyer coached him at Ohio State and Jaguars GM Trent Baalke drafted him with the 49ers.
The biggest addition of the day financially is defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris, who started 13 games in four years with the Bears and signed for three years and $24.4 million. Former Eagles safety Johnathan Ford also signed and is likely to provide competition at that position.
The Jaguars certainly represent a significant rebuilding job. None of these moves are flashy, but they may end up being very beneficial. Couple that with what’s coming in the NFL Draft and the team has a chance to be significantly improved.
If you want to quash a trade rumor going around that isn’t true or you don’t want out there, Jaguars co-owner Tony Khan can show you how.
Khan, son of principal owner Shahid Khan, reacted Monday after SBNation’s Baltimore Beatdown blog shared a rumor claiming the Ravens were nearing a trade that would send offensive lineman Orlando Brown to Jacksonville for wide receiver D.J. Chark. Khan made it pretty clear that the rumor was not linked to reality.
Ouch. That’s a pretty quick and swift move from Khan to quash that trade rumor. To be clear, Brown could certainly be moved by the Ravens, but this apparently isn’t the deal.
Khan hasn’t always gotten along with Jaguars players, but maybe Chark will appreciate the public denial here.
Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars received criticism for their last big staffing hire, but they are making up for it with their latest move, which has been applauded.
Meyer announced on Monday that the Jags have hired Amy Palcic to lead their communications team.
Palcic previously worked for the Houston Texans but was fired by the team in November, leading to criticism. JJ Watt, who later asked for his release from the Texans and was granted it, was unhappy with the firing. Palcic herself called the firing “humiliating.”
Now, four months later, she has a new job working in communications for another NFL team.
The Jaguars could use the good publicity for their hire after the total disaster they had two weeks ago.
Chris Doyle’s tenure as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ strength coach lasted as long as Bill Belichick’s reign as New York Jets head coach.
Doyle resigned on Friday from his job as the Jags’ Director of Sports Performance. Urban Meyer released a statement about the resignation and said that Doyle “did not want to be a distraction.” Meyer also said in his statement that they should have given more consideration to how Doyle’s hiring might have “affected all involved.”
The hiring of Doyle was announced on Thursday, and his resignation was tendered a day later.
The resignation came hours after the Fritz Pollard Alliance criticized the hiring.
Regardless of how good of a strength coach Doyle may be, Meyer’s decision to hire him was stupid from the start.
The spotlight is already shining brightly on Meyer over how he will adjust to the NFL from college. People have already targeted him regarding racial issues. Plus, his tenure at Ohio State ended over his handling of a coach on his staff who faced some ugly accusations. Despite all of that, one of his first moves was to try and redeem a coach who was ousted from Iowa over racism allegations.
This is the person and the time when Meyer wanted to stick his neck out for someone? Both the timing and person he chose were poor decisions.
Urban Meyer is no stranger to controversy surrounding members of his coaching staff, and that theme will continue at the NFL level after the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Chris Doyle as their new director of sport performance.
Many people are familiar with Doyle from the time he spent as the strength and conditioning coach at Iowa. Doyle left the program after he was accused of being racist toward black players. Meyer was asked about that on Thursday, and he spoke about how he has known Doyle for nearly 20 years. Meyer also said he and Jacksonville’s front office “vetted him thoroughly.”
“I vet everyone on our staff,” Meyer said. “The relationship goes back close to 20 years. There are a lot of hard questions asked and a lot of vetting involved with all of our staff. We did a very good job vetting that one.”
Meyer said he feels “great” about hiring Doyle and continued to praise the work Doyle has done as a strength coach. He didn’t directly address the allegations of racism, though he indicated Doyle was asked about them during the interview process. You can hear Meyer’s full comments below:
Meyer left Ohio State not long after he was accused of ignoring domestic violence allegations against a former member of his staff. Some believed he would have remained with the Buckeyes if not for that.
Doyle will be watched carefully by the media, but Meyer is apparently not concerned.
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Urban Meyer has gone for NFL experience in his offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Meyer is bringing in former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to fill the role in Jacksonville. Bevell was also interim coach of the Lions after Matt Patricia’s firing this past season, and was also the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive coordinator prior to his stint with Detroit.
Bevell has been an NFL offensive coordinator since 2006, so he has a ton of experience. He was also a Super Bowl winner with the Seahawks, even if he’s remembered for the infamous Russell Wilson pass at the one-yard line that cost the Seahawks a chance at consecutive titles.
Meyer also settled on his defensive coordinator on Thursday. His staff is coming along nicely.
Urban Meyer is in the process of filling out his coaching staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he has officially decided on a defensive coordinator.
Baltimore Ravens defensive line coach Joe Cullen has reached an agreement to become the defensive coordinator in Jacksonville, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jamison Hensley.
Cullen has been the D-line coach for the Ravens since 2016. He served in the same role for several other NFL and college teams before that, including the Jaguars from 2010-2012.
Meyer spoke several times at his introductory press conference last week about the importance of assembling the right staff around him. He said that will allow him to better manage his health and not coach with as much intensity as he did at the college level.
With their D-coordinator in place, the Jaguars will now focus on finding an offensive coordinator. Meyer may already have his top candidate picked out for that position.