JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey insists he wanted quarterback Tim Tebow.
Speaking before a fan occasion Thursday night, Mularkey indicated that reports saying otherwise were false.
Debate: Tebow Time in NYC?
“Don’t think everything you hear or read in the media,” Mularkey stated. “It’s challenging not to want a guy like that. We wouldn’t have tried to trade for him if we didn’t really feel like we didn’t want to have him right here. There had been a lot of things that went into this point to try to get Tim to come right here.
“In the lengthy run, it did not function out. But if you do not want a player, you don’t even get involved with it.”
There had been reports that Jacksonville’s front office and coaching staff didn’t truly want Tebow. Owner Shahid Khan surely did, telling common manager Gene Smith to discover a trade for the polarizing quarterback.
The Jaguars supplied a fourth-round draft choose for Tebow, but the former Florida star ended up going to the New York Jets for two picks.
So if the Jaguars genuinely wanted Tebow, who grew up in Jacksonville, why not give up a third-round choose?
“That’s confidential,” he stated. “The draft is how you construct a football team and that’s what we’re going to continue to do. That’s been the philosophy of this franchise that’s my philosophy. You’ve got to be very careful what you start off carrying out with draft picks and we really feel strongly about the draft.”
The Jaguars have drafted three starters — defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, cornerback Derek Cox and guard Will Rackley — in the third round the final three years beneath Smith. They also chose defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith, who has however to play a down in the regular season simply because of injuries.
Darlington: NYC, Tebow best fit
Mularkey mentioned internal speak about acquiring Tebow included him coming in as a backup QB. The coach declined to say whether the Jaguars intended to use Tebow mainly on particular teams.
“Some of that’s confidential to speak about, but we talked about all scenarios as far as the backup quarterback,” Mularkey mentioned. “He has some rare potential to do some things and all of that was discussed.”
Mularkey also named starter Blaine Gabbert and lately signed backup Chad Henne throughout all the trade speak Wednesday.
“I wanted to make certain they had been updated with exactly where things are and exactly where they aren’t, and that what we told them from the starting had not changed,” Mularkey stated. “We wanted to reconfirm it. We hadn’t been in contact with (Gabbert) for a quantity of weeks because of the way the new CBA is, but I just believed with the way items were going down it was crucial he heard from me and my belief in him and that why we brought him here had not altered.”
(About:) This article was distributed by Syndicated Sports news wire and aggregation service, For much more NFL news see: Mularkey says Jaguars created play to acquire Tebow in trade.