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Belichick: Tebow’s a “valuable guy”

File photo of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow talking to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in Foxborough Reuters

When the Patriots last saw Tim Tebow, they harassed him into a miserable performance during a 45-10 playoff victory over the Broncos.

Tebow’s a Jet now, you might have already heard something about that, and memories of that 9-of-26 performance haven’t dimmed Belichick’s view of the player he’ll see across the field again this Sunday. Belichick, who has a close relationship with Tebow’s college coach Urban Meyer, was asked about Tebow at his Tuesday press conference and had plenty of nice things to say about Tebow’s versatility as an offensive player and the wrinkle he provides the Jets on special teams.

“Yeah, absolutely. There’s no question about it. We saw him play last year. He quarterbacked that team to the playoffs in Denver and in addition to some of the quarterbacking things, he’s done a lot of other things for the Jets,” Belichick said in comments distributed by the team. “Yeah, of course he’s a valuable guy. There’s no doubt about that.”

Rex Ryan has preached all season that part of Tebow’s value is that teams will have to spend practice time preparing to defend against him, although that’s tempered by the fact that the Jets haven’t used him all that much on offense. Belichick might respect Tebow’s ability, but the combination of his success against Tebow last season and the amount of time Tebow has actually played this year suggests the Patriots won’t be going overboard on the planning front.

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41 Responses to “Belichick: Tebow’s a “valuable guy””
  1. theandy59 says: Oct 16, 2012 3:49 PM

    Something tells me that if the Jets have something special cooked up for Tebow, they’ve purposefully kept it under wraps until this game. Ryan has a pants-tent for beating New England, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to learn that he’s been willing to suffer with poor offense through 6 games just to have a better chance at pulling a surprise against the Patriots.

  2. rdrs68 says: Oct 16, 2012 3:49 PM

    Yeah Timmy is so valuable that Bill uses him to play mind games on the next opponent.

  3. frankietwothumbs says: Oct 16, 2012 3:53 PM

    New York newspapers agree.

  4. succulentnipples says: Oct 16, 2012 3:55 PM

    Bill Belichick is such a nice guy.

  5. 4thquartermagic says: Oct 16, 2012 3:59 PM

    Which translates to:

    “We don’t really take this team seriously since I’m being asked to respond to questions regarding the Jets’ backup QB who starts on the punt team.”

  6. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 16, 2012 3:59 PM

    “He’s a nice guy”

  7. zinn22 says: Oct 16, 2012 3:59 PM

    Tebow’s biggest value so far has been on special teams. he has converted at least 4th down fake punts so far this year without a failure. On a team that has a hard time moving the chains he has made some big plays on those fake punts.

  8. droyer85 says: Oct 16, 2012 4:02 PM

    Sparano just has no idea how to use his value.

  9. realnflmaster says: Oct 16, 2012 4:03 PM

    The JETS are going to beat the snot out of these pretenders. Losing to Arizona and Seattle and beating Tennessee and Buffalo. lololololol

    Jets 28
    Patriots 13

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 16, 2012 4:06 PM

    Is this tampering? Sounds like he is trying to drive a wedge between Tebow and the Jets. If a player is valuable then you should have him on the field. Tebow hardly sees the field, ergo Tebow would likely see the field if he joined the Patriots. But only if he could get out of his contract. This endearing comment should give him motivation to try and make that happen. Maybe the Jets don’t mind though?

  11. getyourownname says: Oct 16, 2012 4:07 PM

    “Yeah, of course he’s a valuable guy. There’s no doubt about that.”

    For his own team, or the opponent?

  12. lightcleric says: Oct 16, 2012 4:10 PM

    You left off the part where he muttered “to our defense.”

  13. jmagnet28 says: Oct 16, 2012 4:15 PM

    You want him?

    signed
    a Jets fan

  14. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 16, 2012 4:16 PM

    dat sarcasm

    Why would anyone in the Patriots org. be afraid of Tebow after last year?

  15. 24chef says: Oct 16, 2012 4:18 PM

    I bet Brad Smith wishes he’d have gotten the love and chances that this guy has gotten…He was and is a much better all around, versatile player….NYJ should have paid him and avoided this sideshow.

  16. kpow55 says: Oct 16, 2012 4:21 PM

    BB is not dumb. Praise Tebow knowing full well Sanchez will be on the hot seat if the Pats dismantle him. Then just watch the fur fly in NY as the media feeds.

  17. cooklynn17 says: Oct 16, 2012 4:23 PM

    Um, no he really isn’t.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 16, 2012 4:23 PM

    Tim stays focused by only worrying about the things he can control. Like floods, hurricanes, miracles, the power of life and death…….

  19. faultylogic29 says: Oct 16, 2012 4:26 PM

    Note that he said a valuable guy and not a valuable quarterback.

    I agree. He’s a very good fullback.

  20. hieveryone12345 says: Oct 16, 2012 4:29 PM

    I don’t get why everyone says Tebow sucks. Yes he does not throw the ball at top 10 quarterback level, that isn’t his game. He is a dual threat type of guy or wildcat type player and they Jets don’t use him enought! He can throw the deep ball very well, he is pretty much a power running back and he is a smart player. Playing Tebow 5 plays a game will do nothing, and until he gets increased playing time, people won’t see the true difference maker he can be in a game and a season.

  21. apistolpeteproduction says: Oct 16, 2012 4:31 PM

    If the Jets start Tebow, he will be the Patriots MVP, just like he was in the playoff game last year.

  22. hyzers says: Oct 16, 2012 4:38 PM

    Ol’ Belichick is a sly one. Doesn’t matter who they play, you can guarantee a healthy dose of patronizing lol

  23. granadafan says: Oct 16, 2012 4:49 PM

    Anyone who takes Belichick’s press conference comments literally is a sucker. Hoodie is full of double entendres, sarcasm, and cliches.

  24. zerole00 says: Oct 16, 2012 4:56 PM

    When it comes to the Jets, Darth Belichick just can’t resist the mind games.

  25. sactogary says: Oct 16, 2012 4:57 PM

    theandy59 says:Oct 16, 2012 3:49 PM

    Something tells me that if the Jets have something special cooked up for Tebow, they’ve purposefully kept it under wraps until this game. Ryan has a pants-tent for beating New England, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to learn that he’s been willing to suffer with poor offense through 6 games just to have a better chance at pulling a surprise against the Patriots.
    ——————————————————-
    There may be something to this. Nobody wins the AFCE without beating the Pats, and the Jets are focused on this. The Broncos hated having Tebow, and had no clue how to utilize him. If Sparano has figured it out (doubtful), they may well have saved it for this game.

  26. omegalh says: Oct 16, 2012 5:11 PM

    Bill B wants to see Tebow on the field. The more he’s on the field, the better it is for the Pats. Just liek Freddie Mitchell.

  27. dowhatifeellike says: Oct 16, 2012 5:11 PM

    Yeah, we know, Bill: Tebow and a 7th are worth a 4th and a 6th.

  28. brutus9448 says: Oct 16, 2012 5:12 PM

    the pats have to stop the run and let sancheezy beat them. Recipe to beat the jets every time.

  29. discosucs2005 says: Oct 16, 2012 5:19 PM

    “He’s very valuable to the Jets and we think he should play every offensive snap for them. And punts. You know, why not just every snap? If Rex Ryan is a good coach he’ll have Tebow on the field for every play of the game.” – BB

  30. themanchine says: Oct 16, 2012 5:21 PM

    Tebow the Tailback will finally be unleashed this week.

  31. vegagreenleaf says: Oct 16, 2012 5:25 PM

    By the time his career is said and done, there will be a Tim Tebow award for the most-overhyped backup in the game. Think of it like the sixth man award in the NBA, without the playing and doing anything to help the team win part.

  32. azarkhan says: Oct 16, 2012 5:27 PM

    The Jets don’t have “something special cooked up for Tebow”. What could they do with Tebow that the Broncos didn’t do last year? The problem the Jets have is they gave Sanchez a 3 year extension with $20 million guaranteed. Kinda tough to not play Sanchez and have to tell the owner “Uhh, we wasted $20 million of your money. Sorry!”

  33. stlpimp says: Oct 16, 2012 6:01 PM

    I hate the jets and patriots and all east coast teams…. They are all overated!

  34. livingsacrifice86 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:07 PM

    @theandy59 & sactogary

    Are you guys saying that the jets wouldn’t mind being 0-6 1-5 and so on as long as they kept their awesome gameplan for Tebow until they played the Pats? You play to win. EVERY GAME

  35. lesterclan says: Oct 16, 2012 7:19 PM

    I bet Brad Smith wishes he’d have gotten the love and chances that this guy has gotten…He was and is a much better all around, versatile player….NYJ should have paid him and avoided
    this sideshow.
    ———————————————————-
    Ya, that’s it…btw where’s that stud Brad Smith now?

  36. foosball11 says: Oct 16, 2012 8:04 PM

    Tim Tebow has more playoff wins than Matt Stafford and Matt Ryan.

  37. mistrezzrachael says: Oct 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    realnflmaster says: Oct 16, 2012 4:03 PM

    The JETS are going to beat the snot out of these pretenders. Losing to Arizona and Seattle and beating Tennessee and Buffalo. lololololol

    Jets 28
    Patriots 13

    NOW THATS A BOY WHO KNOWS HIS FOOTBALL

    yes real nfl master…the jets are a powerhouse..in fact , may have weakest offensive roster in nfl
    Sanchez has got it all going on over Brady..and their ageless D… people fear it so.

    But regardless…Happy 44th anniversary jet fans

    Don’t worry, April coming..and thats when you win your Super Bowls

  38. patsfiend says: Oct 16, 2012 8:37 PM

    I bet the Yets have something special cooked up especially for this game, and will attempt to use Tebow and gimmickery to beat the Pats.

    Good luck with that.

  39. truths4all says: Oct 16, 2012 9:29 PM

    Its a long season so it is dumb to complain and keep pointing out that Tebow hasn’t been used extensively yet. If he plays some major roles in 4 to 5 games during the rest of the season, that still will not appease the peanut/beer gallery.

  40. crappygovernment says: Oct 16, 2012 11:23 PM

    I hope the blacklisting of Tebow for being an outspoken Christian ends soon…

    Tebow haters = Jay Fiedler fans

  41. lgwelsh1 says: Oct 17, 2012 12:44 PM

    Tim will score some crazy touchdowns this year, you know it’s going to happen LOL

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