Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell said the franchise has made an effort to start anew under owner Shad Khan. So when Jim Rome asked Caldwell if the team had given any thought into bringing in Jacksonville native and free agent quarterback Tim Tebow, he didn’t hesitate to answer.
“We have not,” said Caldwell.
When Rome brought up a the story about some local fans petitioning the White House into forcing the team into signing Tebow, Caldwell jokingly said he’d pick up the phone if the Oval Office called.
“I wouldn’t let the President’s call go to voice mail,” said the first-year GM. “[But] I think he’s probably got bigger issues than us down here in Jacksonville.”
Caldwell told Rome that after studying the 2013 draft class, and available free agents, the team decided to stay with their current quarterbacks, Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. They came to the conclusions that needed to give their quarterback more time in the pocket and the data they’d studied had them excited with what the former 1st round pick Gabbert can do when he has time to throw.
“Blaine had a significant lesser amount of time to throw in the pocket than a lot of quarterbacks,” Caldwell said. “His passer rating was a lot higher when he had more than 2.6 seconds.”
Which inspired the team to another conclusion – the selection of offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the second pick overall.