Wednesday, January 13, 2010

NFL Tebow: Jags GM Peeks Team's Hand?

"I'm a firm believer that will wins more than skill."

-- Jaguars GM Gene Smith, in a quote that supports the idea that the Jaguars will draft Tim Tebow... but also might provide insights as to why the Jaguars were 7-9.

I'm pretty sure that if he was asked to elaborate, Smith would likely suggest that at the NFL level, the skills are all pretty much the same. At that point, "will" would make a difference.

But whoever the Jaguars backup RB might be, he may have all the will in the world, but he ain't doing a better job than the more-skilled Maurice Jones-Drew. (See Taylor, Fred.)

More from Smith about Tebow, from Tuesday night:

I hope he has a great career in the NFL wherever it's at, whether we're a cat in this hat or somewhere else in the league. He's gonna be successful at anything he pursues in life.

"Whether we're a cat in this hat" is one of the strangest phrasings you'll ever hear. It's certainly new to me. I'll take that as some kind of secret code for "Yes, we're drafting him."

The whole "will beats skill" thing sounds like continued building of an affirmative case for the Jaguars to take Tebow in the 1st round of the NFL Draft in April.

(As if Smith was going to either (a) go against owner Wayne Weaver's previous complimentary comments about Tebow, or (b) say anything to knock Tebow, at all.)

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