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QUICK HIT: Bill Belichick on Tim Tebow
By Joe Quinn (@joequinnshow)
If there's one man in the world who could care less about "Tebow-mania" than me (and Ken for sure), its gotta be Bill Belichick.
During his press conference today, he was asked about a total of four players, and not a single one more, over about a ten minute span. Ryan Mallet, Alfonso Dennard, Rob Gronkowski, and...wait for it... Tim Tebow.
Guess which one of those three will likely get the least time on the field, and easily took 80 percent of the time today?
Give credit to Belichick - he didn't give into the circus at all. Here's a portion of the press conference transcript, from Patriots.com (read the full thing here)
New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick addresses the media at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
We’re rolling into our fourth week here of OTAs/minicamp. I feel like the team has been out there and they’ve done a pretty good job. We’ll have another day here of work in the elements. Hopefully by the end of this week we’ll be in decent position to go into training camp. We’ve installed a lot of information, a lot of our schemes and had a chance to execute – obviously without pads on, so there’s still a lot of work to do there. But I think for the most part we’ve gotten good cooperation from everybody; good work on the field. We’re definitely better than we were a few weeks ago and we still have a long, long way to go. We’ll just keep taking it one day at a time and hopefully we finish up well this week and put things in place to start off to a good training camp.
Q: What can you tell us about your decision to sign Tim Tebow? What is it about his personality or attitude that leads you to believe that he can contribute to the team?
BB: Anything we do is what we feel is in the best interests of the team. Tim is a talented player that is smart and works hard. We’ll see how it goes.
Q: How much of a consideration was the attention that was going to come before making the decision to sign him?
BB: None, we try to do what’s best for the team.
Q: How do you deal with a player coming in with all this fanfare and celebrity? Do you have to sit him down and talk to him?
BB: In all honesty, we’ve been in front of bigger crowds than this before. We’ll just keep doing what our job is. We’re going to try to get better as a football team, individually and collectively, and that’s what we’re going to do.
Q: How do you plan to use him? What position?
BB: We’ll try to do what we think is best for our football team. I don’t know, we’ll see.
Q: Is it possible he could be used on special teams or defense in addition to offense?
BB: We’ll see, I don’t know.
Q: Specific to his off-field traits, what are some things you liked about Tim Tebow when you evaluated him?
BB: He’s a talented guy, he’s smart, he works hard. We’ve all seen him play. He can do a lot of things – we’ve seen that.
Q: Specific to that position though, do you have an ideal number depth-wise for the 53-man roster?
Q: Can you talk about your relationship with Tim? You’ve known him a long time, obviously there are things you like.
BB: Yeah, I like Tim. I have a lot of respect for Tim.
Q: Have you had a close relationship with him over the years?
BB: I’ve never coached him before so I wouldn’t…I’m certainly closer with a lot of the players that I’ve coached through my career.
Q: People around the league question his ability to play quarterback in the NFL. How do you feel about that?
BB: I’ve already said that.
Q: I’m talking about specifically at quarterback.
BB: I’ve answered the question twice. He’s a talented player who is smart and works hard.
Q: Will you discuss with him some of the ancillary stuff that seems to come with him? You know, the way his training camp was covered last year with the Jets and what he’ll be doing outside of football.
BB: We have a team full of players. Everybody has a job to do and I’m sure he’ll try to do it the best that he can. We’ll all try to do our jobs the best that we can.
Q: From a team standpoint, you try to eliminate distractions. Are you worried this will cause a distraction? Just look at the number of people who are here.
BB: Hopefully there will be more than that at the games on Sundays.
Q: Will you have an objection to him kneeling down after a big play and ‘Tebowing’ if you will?
BB: I think we’ve already talked enough about him. We’ll see how he does and just go from there.
Q: Can you answer that question? Will you care if he does it?
BB: I think I’ve covered it.
Q: How is Ryan Mallet's offseason going?
BB: Good, solid. He’s improved every year he’s been here. He’s done a good job.
Q: Tim Tebow had a chance to work with Vinny Testaverde. Did that weigh into this decision at all?
BB: I haven’t talked to Vinny in a couple years.
Q: Is Ryan Mallett entrenched as the second quarterback or do you see Tim Tebow coming in and competing for that spot?
BB: Right now, everybody is out there just trying to learn their position, learn their assignments and we’ll let the competition go in training camp, like we usually do.
Q: How much does a player have to learn coming in at this part of the season to adapt to the system?
BB: I don’t know.
Q: Is it different with everyone?
BB: We’ve been in three weeks of OTAs so whatever that is, that’s what it is. Four weeks, it’s four weeks. A week of training camp is a week of training camp. A regular season game is a regular season game. It all adds up every day. You do the math, I don’t know.
(more follows...this is about the first 2/3)
Get the point? The dude is a circus. No questions about Tom Brady, a sure fire-first ballot hall of famer.
No questions about the depleted WR corps. One measly question (which didn't even make the first half of the presser!) on Rob Gronkowski, who has had multiple off-season surgeries.
No questions about the team. Not one. Just a ton of questions about where the third string QB with just 17 career TD passes will fit in.
Tim Tebow won ONE postseason game. Know how many Tom Brady has won? Try SEVENTEEN (17).
Mark Sanchez has won FOUR. Matt Hasselbeck FIVE. Rex Grossman has won TWO.
In fact, TJ Yates has won exactly as many postseason games as Tim Tebow. When does he get his media time?