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Four weeks ago, Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports reported that Patriots coach Bill Belichick “hates” free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow as a player.  Belichick said nothing about it at the time.

Or at any point in the four weeks since the report surfaced.

But now, nearly a month later, the media-reluctant Belichick has taken a shot at the member of the media who made the report, by talking to the media.

“I wouldn’t get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent,” Belichick told Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com.  “Every single player has strengths and weaknesses but regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible.  It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported.”

Yates then goes all in on the notion that Belichick is being truthful and accurate, saying it’s now “clear that Belichick’s feelings toward the player aren’t what many were led to believe they were earlier this offseason.”

Field, nothing is ever “clear,” with Belichick or any NFL coach.  They often say what they want to say and/or what they think they need to say in deference to strategic considerations or relationships.  In Belichick’s case, it’s entirely possible that his good friend, former Florida coach Urban Meyer, asked Belichick to neutralize the lingering perception that one of the greatest coaches in football has no use or regard for Meyer’s top pupil in Gainesville.

While it’s impossible to know what the truth is, our point is that no one should swallow the hook on this one — including the guy who somehow got Belichick to talk under circumstances when it wasn’t mandated by the NFL that he do so.

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  1. nightofthehipple says: Jun 6, 2013 3:24 PM

    I think New England would be a great place for Tebow to convert to TE. I just think that Belichick does not want the circus that comes with Tebow.

  2. bestbitter says: Jun 6, 2013 3:29 PM

    So we should ignore the words the coach actually says and trusty your buddy Silver? Got it.

  3. jimmyt says: Jun 6, 2013 3:30 PM

    Who is he kidding? He hates everyone.

  4. kwgator says: Jun 6, 2013 3:31 PM

    Chuck Norris and Bill Belichick approval is all you can ask for!

  5. camdenyard says: Jun 6, 2013 3:33 PM

    It took him what, 2 weeks to refute this? Yeah, that is convincing.

  6. johnnycash19 says: Jun 6, 2013 3:35 PM

    He doesn’t hate him. He just doesn’t think hes an NFL player.

  7. sportswannabe says: Jun 6, 2013 3:36 PM

    While it’s impossible to know what the truth is, our point is that no one should swallow the hook on this one —
    ———————-

    Why not? You certainly took the original Silver report at face value. Is it only the reports you like that we should swallow the hook on?

  8. whatnojets says: Jun 6, 2013 3:36 PM

    Belichick lying??? NEVER!!

    The man is honest and would not do anything that’s illegal

  9. rc33 says: Jun 6, 2013 3:36 PM

    it’s entirely possible that his good friend, former Florida coach Urban Meyer, asked Belichick to neutralize the lingering perception that one of the greatest coaches in football has no use or regard for Meyer’s top pupil in Gainesville.
    ———————————–
    Wow does that sound so very Silver-ish.

    Belichick hosted Tebow in Boston for about two days prior to the draft. They were actually seen signing autographs outside of a North End restaurant (well, maybe not Belichick).
    My $0.02, I genuinely believe Belichick likes Tebow as a competitor and as a person. As a football player, it’s likely unclear to him now what he’d do with him.
    Either was, Silver’s conjecture and speculation was baseless and absurd.

  10. logicallvoicesays says: Jun 6, 2013 3:37 PM

    The Redskins should sign Tebow. He would be an instant upgrade over the steroid infused freak show they are hoping is healthy enough to play this season. #BurgundyandGoldSubStandard #RGIIIMrIrrelevant

  11. cincy85 says: Jun 6, 2013 3:46 PM

    Espn and every other news outlet ruined tebows chance of signing anywhere. Nobody wants a 2nd string qb who brings more press then winning a Super Bowl.

  12. apkyletexas says: Jun 6, 2013 3:48 PM

    Official test for whether or not BB is lying:

    Did his lips move?

  13. granadafan says: Jun 6, 2013 3:52 PM

    Urbane Meyer’s top pupil was Alex Smith, not Tebow. Also, it sounds an awful lot like the journalist, Field Yates, is sucking up to Belichick because he felt so honored that a “media-reluctant Belichick” would choose HIM to talk to over anyone else.

  14. timb12 says: Jun 6, 2013 3:53 PM

    You’re pressing that speculation pretty hard. Better idea than Urban calling BB and telling him to lay off, maybe some Tebow loving aliens abducted him and put a replacement out there to refute the report. That also could happen.

  15. boonevol says: Jun 6, 2013 3:56 PM

    Again, for the 50th time, for all you “why won’t he change positions?” freaks.

    What proof is there that he can fill an NFL roster spot as a TE or an archaic H-back over an existing TE who already has experience?

    The NFL is not a sheltered workshop for rehabilitating QB’s with noodle arms and crappy mechanics.

  16. jjb0811 says: Jun 6, 2013 4:01 PM

    I bet Bill takes him and uses Tebow to destroy the Jets for fun!

  17. NotoriousKDV says: Jun 6, 2013 4:11 PM

    If Tebow would swallow his pride and ego and be willing to switch positions then New England would be a great place for him. Gronk is great when healthy, but obviously he can’t stay healthy. Even Hernandez has been banged up. So TE depth is something that New England could use. Tebow would probably be more of an H-back than a true TE but I’m sure no matter what they do with him(well other than have him play QB), then I’m sure that he would do well there.

    This is the same team that made guys like Danny Woodhead and Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk, just to name a few, into very versatile players. Tebow has enough football skill(not QB skill, just football skill) to be that same kind of versatile player than Belichick likes. So if Tim really is serious about continuing his football career then I think this would be the best thing he could do.

  18. borisbulldog says: Jun 6, 2013 4:17 PM

    After Crennel and Weiss left, the Pats are great regular season team!

  19. all4patriots says: Jun 6, 2013 4:21 PM

    boonevol: “Again, for the 50th time, for all you “why won’t he change positions?” freaks. What proof is there that he can fill an NFL roster spot as a TE or an archaic H-back over an existing TE who already has experience?”

    —-

    There is no proof. There is some elite athletic ability there though, so what’s the harm in contemplating a non-guaranteed contract for him to try out, for minimum money, in a place where there would be no distractions, since there is a tight ship, and no QB controversy is possible in the least?

    no risk,
    totally unknown chance of reward

    It seems like a talent evaluator’s decision to make, and in BB I trust.

  20. thesteelers says: Jun 6, 2013 4:23 PM

    Belicheck’s second life as a spymaster is really quite interesting. He commands an army of assassins. I wouldn’t get on his bad side.

  21. 6ball says: Jun 6, 2013 4:35 PM

    .

    The guy has been in the NFL since the 70’s. During that period he rarely has talked about any player not under contract with his team. When he’s forced to speak about an opponent, he is usually over the top complimentary.

    Saying that he ” hates free agent Tim Tebow ” would not be keeping in character.

    Silver is trying to sell me a cat that barks.

    .

  22. dontrunfromme says: Jun 6, 2013 4:40 PM

    It’s good to see Silver reporting more false info. I guess he got tired of picking on the raiders

  23. ijahru says: Jun 6, 2013 4:54 PM

    In Belichick’s case, it’s entirely possible that his good friend, former Florida coach Urban Meyer, asked Belichick to neutralize the lingering perception that one of the greatest coaches in football has no use or regard for Meyer’s top pupil in Gainesville.

    That my friends is a great example of untrue, baseless, and irresponsible reporting. PFT is the National Enquirer of football reporting

  24. tjacks7 says: Jun 6, 2013 4:57 PM

    He probably just hates the medias obsession of shoving Tebow down our throats 24/7. Just like the rest of us.

  25. supesfan34 says: Jun 6, 2013 5:01 PM

    So in reading between the lines……..Belicheck hates Tim Tebow as a football player?

  26. mtavin says: Jun 6, 2013 5:05 PM

    What master of smear Michael Silver actually wrote:

    “[W]hile there’s plenty of media chatter that Tebow could land with the Patriots, my organizational sources tell me that’s very unlikely to happen, with one going so far as to say that Coach Bill Belichick “hates” Tebow as a player.”

    From which, one can ONLY conclude:

    a. Belichick didn’t actually say he “hated” Tebow.

    b. “Organizational sources” didn’t actually say they HEARD Belichick say he “hated” Tebow.

    c. A whole buncha people are guessing, reporting and reacting to the never-uttered supposition that Belichick “hates” Tebow.

    d. All of the above

  27. 49erstim says: Jun 6, 2013 5:06 PM

    It is MUCH more plausible that there is a conspiracy between BB and Urban Meyer than to believe that Mr Silver is full of it. Yep.

  28. coachbeck says: Jun 6, 2013 5:26 PM

    Yeah urban meyer asks him to do that lol.

    Urban is at Ohio state trying to win. Tebow is a professional and has a career as a speaker. A probably Be a big wig at Florida in the end

  29. slowclyde86 says: Jun 6, 2013 5:33 PM

    Silver is a clown of mammoth proportions. Shame on you for taking him remotely seriously. When is his next article coming out making excuses for Hugh Jackson’s franchise-killing Palmer trade?

  30. dlk47823 says: Jun 6, 2013 5:38 PM

    Belichick bashes report that he “hates” Tebow
    Posted by Mike Florio on June 6, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT
    Getty ImagesFour weeks ago, Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports reported that Patriots coach Bill Belichick “hates” free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow as a player. Belichick said nothing about it at the time.

    Or at any point in the four weeks since the report surfaced.

    But now, nearly a month later, the media-reluctant Belichick has taken a shot at the member of the media who made the report, by talking to the media.

    “I wouldn’t get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent,” Belichick told Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com. “Every single player has strengths and weaknesses but regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible. It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported.”

    Yates then goes all in on the notion that Belichick is being truthful and accurate, saying it’s now “clear that Belichick’s feelings toward the player aren’t what many were led to believe they were earlier this offseason.”

    Field, nothing is ever “clear,” with Belichick or any NFL coach. They often say what they want to say and/or what they think they need to say in deference to strategic considerations or relationships. In Belichick’s case, it’s entirely possible that his good friend, former Florida coach Urban Meyer, asked Belichick to neutralize the lingering perception that one of the greatest coaches in football has no use or regard for Meyer’s top pupil in Gainesville.

    While it’s impossible to know what the truth is, our point is that no one should swallow the hook on this one — including the guy who somehow got Belichick to talk under circumstances when it wasn’t mandated by the NFL that he do so.

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    nightofthehipple says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:24 PM
    I think New England would be a great place for Tebow to convert to TE. I just think that Belichick does not want the circus that comes with Tebow.

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    bestbitter says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:29 PM
    So we should ignore the words the coach actually says and trusty your buddy Silver? Got it.

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    jimmyt says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:30 PM
    Who is he kidding? He hates everyone.

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    kwgator says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:31 PM
    Chuck Norris and Bill Belichick approval is all you can ask for!

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    camdenyard says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:33 PM
    It took him what, 2 weeks to refute this? Yeah, that is convincing.

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    johnnycash19 says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:35 PM
    He doesn’t hate him. He just doesn’t think hes an NFL player.

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    sportswannabe says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:36 PM
    While it’s impossible to know what the truth is, our point is that no one should swallow the hook on this one —
    ———————-

    Why not? You certainly took the original Silver report at face value. Is it only the reports you like that we should swallow the hook on?

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    whatnojets says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:36 PM
    Belichick lying??? NEVER!!

    The man is honest and would not do anything that’s illegal

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    rc33 says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:36 PM
    it’s entirely possible that his good friend, former Florida coach Urban Meyer, asked Belichick to neutralize the lingering perception that one of the greatest coaches in football has no use or regard for Meyer’s top pupil in Gainesville.
    ———————————–
    Wow does that sound so very Silver-ish.

    Belichick hosted Tebow in Boston for about two days prior to the draft. They were actually seen signing autographs outside of a North End restaurant (well, maybe not Belichick).
    My $0.02, I genuinely believe Belichick likes Tebow as a competitor and as a person. As a football player, it’s likely unclear to him now what he’d do with him.
    Either was, Silver’s conjecture and speculation was baseless and absurd.

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    logicallvoicesays says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:37 PM
    The Redskins should sign Tebow. He would be an instant upgrade over the steroid infused freak show they are hoping is healthy enough to play this season. #BurgundyandGoldSubStandard #RGIIIMrIrrelevant

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    cincy85 says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:46 PM
    Espn and every other news outlet ruined tebows chance of signing anywhere. Nobody wants a 2nd string qb who brings more press then winning a Super Bowl.

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    apkyletexas says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:48 PM
    Official test for whether or not BB is lying:

    Did his lips move?

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    granadafan says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:52 PM
    Urbane Meyer’s top pupil was Alex Smith, not Tebow. Also, it sounds an awful lot like the journalist, Field Yates, is sucking up to Belichick because he felt so honored that a “media-reluctant Belichick” would choose HIM to talk to over anyone else.

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    timb12 says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:53 PM
    You’re pressing that speculation pretty hard. Better idea than Urban calling BB and telling him to lay off, maybe some Tebow loving aliens abducted him and put a replacement out there to refute the report. That also could happen.

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    boonevol says:
    Jun 6, 2013 3:56 PM
    Again, for the 50th time, for all you “why won’t he change positions?” freaks.

    What proof is there that he can fill an NFL roster spot as a TE or an archaic H-back over an existing TE who already has experience?

    The NFL is not a sheltered workshop for rehabilitating QB’s with noodle arms and crappy mechanics.

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    jjb0811 says:
    Jun 6, 2013 4:01 PM
    I bet Bill takes him and uses Tebow to destroy the Jets for fun!

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    NotoriousKDV says:
    Jun 6, 2013 4:11 PM
    If Tebow would swallow his pride and ego and be willing to switch positions then New England would be a great place for him. Gronk is great when healthy, but obviously he can’t stay healthy. Even Hernandez has been banged up. So TE depth is something that New England could use. Tebow would probably be more of an H-back than a true TE but I’m sure no matter what they do with him(well other than have him play QB), then I’m sure that he would do well there.

    This is the same team that made guys like Danny Woodhead and Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk, just to name a few, into very versatile players. Tebow has enough football skill(not QB skill, just football skill) to be that same kind of versatile player than Belichick likes. So if Tim really is serious about continuing his football career then I think this would be the best thing he could do.

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    borisbulldog says:
    Jun 6, 2013 4:17 PM
    After Crennel and Weiss left, the Pats are great regular season team!

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    all4patriots says:
    Jun 6, 2013 4:21 PM
    boonevol: “Again, for the 50th time, for all you “why won’t he change positions?” freaks. What proof is there that he can fill an NFL roster spot as a TE or an archaic H-back over an existing TE who already has experience?”

    —-

    Pata are going to need a TE to replace broken Gronk. Going to need some receivers, too. Rough year ahead for T. Buenchen

  31. contract says: Jun 6, 2013 5:49 PM

    “In Belichick’s case, it’s entirely possible that his good friend, former Florida coach Urban Meyer, asked Belichick to neutralize the lingering perception that one of the greatest coaches in football has no use or regard for Meyer’s top pupil in Gainesville.”

    Are you reporting news or writing a novel?

    Here, I’ll give it a whirl … it’s entirely possible that Mike Silver’s “source” harbors a deep seated hatred of Tim Tebow, but because he knows that no gives a rip about his opinion he decided to pass it along off the record as being Belichick’s opinion, knowing that he’ll never have to answer for his lowlife actions.

    Fair enough?

  32. CKL says: Jun 6, 2013 5:52 PM

    I can take disagreement, but Silver has always come off as patronizing, plain old mean (has anyone ever read his rebuttals to reader comments, he’s a bully) and elitist. He can dish out criticism but can’t take it too which is loathesome. Not a good combo for me to give him any credibility.

    The fact that BB who very seldom comments on any media report about players not on his team should tell people how off base Silver and or his sources are. As the etrade baby would say “Here’s my shocked face”.

  33. contract says: Jun 6, 2013 5:57 PM

    “If Tebow would swallow his pride and ego and be willing to switch positions then New England would be a great place for him.”

    There is absolutely zero evidence that Tim Tebow is capable of catching or blocking or tackling at the NFL level … or even at a Div II college level. There is also no evidence that Tim Tebow can run the ball out of a conventional offensive set as a RB.

    What Tim Tebow needs to do is quit listening to all the experts trying to “fix” his game and simply work on reading defenses and making better and quicker decisions.

  34. nolagirl says: Jun 6, 2013 6:05 PM

    Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Mike Silver is such a drama queen! And while it seems that Coach Belichick is pretty lukewarm on the whole Tebow show, he makes abundantly clear his feelings towards Silver and his ilk with their “completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible” reporting. Is “hate” too strong a word here or strangely appropos?

  35. bizzyb559 says: Jun 6, 2013 6:23 PM

    This is probably Zak Gilbert’s fault too. Although Florio deems Mike Silver “well respected” we see the truth about this phony posing as a journalist.

  36. hartleechung says: Jun 6, 2013 6:24 PM

    Silver is full of crap. Pats just don’t need Tebow.

    Worked for Silver though as we are talking about him (and who can find Yahoo sports articles on a consistant basis anyway?).

  37. thefiesty1 says: Jun 6, 2013 6:41 PM

    It’s official now, everybody hates Tebow. Enough already.

  38. rushmatic says: Jun 6, 2013 7:13 PM

    Mike, you tell these reporters who deal with Belichick daily from your office far away, armed with your opinions that come from bad logic, hearsay and gossip.

    You tell ‘em!

  39. portlandmainefan says: Jun 6, 2013 9:20 PM

    belichik doesnt care what you think.

  40. aljack88 says: Jun 6, 2013 9:31 PM

    Who’s Tebow?

  41. 11thstreetmafia says: Jun 7, 2013 9:00 AM

    Why do all of these people think he can just switch positions and everything will be fine. He’s not going to leapfrog anybody that has been playing TE their whole football life.—also, people, quit blaming anything but TeBlows lack of skills for the reason he isn’t playing. NFL staffs don’t listen to ESPN or anybody els for that matter. It’s all about winning, and this clown doesn’t provide that.

  42. flastrat says: Jun 7, 2013 9:04 AM

    Stop saying, “Tight End! Tight End!”. The ball hits him in the helmut and he drops it. We don’t want that! I like Tebow for something, but NOT a receiver!!!!!

  43. mullman76 says: Jun 8, 2013 11:35 AM

    Silver is a hack.

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