Week 5 of the 2013 NFL season is nigh in the books and my favorite quarterback - who many believe is not really an NFL quarterback - is still unemployed. To be fair, playing quarterback in the NFL is not for the faint of heart. It's easy to go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, in the span of a week sometimes.
Last week, Josh Freeman, this season's "What in the world happened to him?" poster boy was in the midst of being unceremoniously dumped by my hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Freeman's situation had been building for some time and while it felt a little uncomfortable, not too many would argue that it was time for a change in Tampa. There are two sides to every story and it may just be a case of the Bucs not being into Josh anymore. However, it seems young Mr. Freeman has received a nice golden parachute in the form of a 1-year, $3 million deal with the Vikings. Meanwhile, the Bucs had the weekend off, hopefully spending a great deal of time working with backups Mike Glennon and Dan Orlovsky. Or, as is my fervent wish, preparing the announcement that will be made during Bucs coach Greg Schiano's press conference (1:30 pm CDT) today regarding Tim Tebow being signed to the club.
Yay! No more Creamsicle Sundays!
As a lifelong Bucs fan, I would dearly love to see Tim Tebow in the red and pewter - or even the creamsickle - of Tampa Bay. But there may be teams in even greater need of an inspirational quarterback after this weekend.
The poster team for Give us Tebow is the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags traveled to St. Louis to battle the previously 1-3 Rams. This definitely looked like a game that Jacksonville could steal. An early 67-yard TD off of a short pass from Blaine Gabbert to Justin Blackmon had us all going. But the rest of the first half unfolded pretty much to script as St. Louis outscored Jacksonville 24-3 the rest of the way, talking a 14-point lead into the locker room at halftime. A late drive by Chad Henne - in for the injured (again) Gabbert - closed the gap but St. Louis responded and, well, oh and five for the Jaguars.
On Friday of last week there were rumors flying that the Jags were going to give Tebow a look. But Caldwell, the Jaguar's version of Captain Queeg, is holding firm. Heck, even Stephen A. Smith over at ESPN has said that the Jags should sign Tebow - and he thinks Tim is a terrible QB!
I think Tebow can do better...
So, if not the Bucs or Jags, then who?
Previous blogs on this subject highlighted the shortcomings of all the quarterbacks in Tampa and Jacksonville, but I've also called out a few other folks as potential Tebow landing zones.
- Minnesota Vikings: Despite their struggles, the Vikes have brought in Freeman from Tampa Bay to round out the competition between Ponder and Cassel for QB. Good luck with that.
- Arizona Cardinals: I had previously called out the Cards and their itinerant veteran Carson Palmer. Save some unrealized expectations in Cincinnati, Palmer - one of the train of QBs out of USC in recent years - has just never lived up to his expectations. But yesterday, Arizona laid it on Carolina 22-6. Not that Palmer lit it up; but a win takes the heat off a little.
- Detroit Lions: Now here's a new entry. Matthew Stafford, the strong-armed Lion's QB out of Georgia, continues to frustrate Detroit football fans. I really don't think that they would be willing to kick Stafford to the curb but after a decent performance with a TD and no interceptions against division rival Green Bay yesterday, the Lion's still lost.
With the season almost a third complete, the options are narrowing. Despite shoddy results by the Giants, Dolphins, and Carolina, I don't see their quarterbacks going anywhere. It's coming down to a two-horse race at this stage of the season: Jacksonville or Tampa Bay?
My heart hopes that the Glazer family rolls the dice and brings Tebow in to fire up the Buccaneer faithful. But my head says Caldwell will eventually cave and Tebow will be offered a shot with the Jaguars.
It could happen!
What do you think?