Belichick on Tebow questions: We’ve talked enough about him

AP

Patriots coach Bill Belichick met the media for the first time with Tim Tebow on his roster, and it didn’t take long for Belichick to get sick of answering questions about his new backup quarterback.

“Anything we do is what we feel is in the best interest of the team. Tim is a talented player that’s smart and works hard, so we’ll see how it goes,” Belichick said when initially asked about Tebow.

As reporters continued to press him for thoughts about Tebow, Belichick began to grow annoyed.

“I’ve answered that question twice: He’s a talented player who’s smart and works hard,” Belichick repeated.

Asked more questions about Tebow, Belichick urged reporters to find something new to talk about.

“We’ve already talked enough about him,” Belichick said. “I think I’ve covered it. Anything else?”

Some of the questions from the media were about the media, including whether Belichick thought the presence of reporters at this week’s minicamp could become a distraction.

“We’ve been in front of bigger crowds than this before,” Belichick said. “Hopefully there will be more than that at our games on Sundays.”

Asked about how Tebow will be used, Belichick declined to get into specifics.

“We’re gonna do what we think is best for this football team, so, I don’t know, we’ll see,” Belichick said. “We’ll see, I don’t know.”

Belichick did dispute the report that he “hates” Tebow as a player, although he made clear that he didn’t want to talk much about that.

“I like Tim. I have a lot of respect for Tim,” Belichick said.

Belichick may like Tebow. But Belichick doesn’t seem to like all the questions about Tebow.

102 responses to “Belichick on Tebow questions: We’ve talked enough about him

  1. Tebow will be cut shortly. The hoodie will not tolerate the circus that comes, and believe me when I tell you Tebow fans believe he should be starting ahead of Brady. They thought he should ahead of Peyton Manning after all.

  2. Did you hear that! That was the sound of gator nation jumping on the Patriots Bandwagon. Can’t wait for the chants of Tebow! Tebow! at Gillette Stadium. Yeah, right. No story here, move along.

  3. Ummmm,
    Not exactly correct there bucaroo…
    Petyon Manning was brought in AFTER Tebow was let go. Specifically, let go so they COULD go get Manning and go that direction.
    How COULD anyone think he should “start ahead of him” when they were never THERE at the same time genius?

  4. BB knows that he’s the one who can kill the media storm. His entire team will be put on notice about when, where, and how to respond to questions about Tebow and we soon will have stories about Pats players failing to create stories at the behest of the hooded one, rather than stories about Tebow. Business as usual in New England

  5. Although Gruden was a good hire, Al Davis would’ve been better off listening to Trask and hiring Bill as HC.

    He would be the perfect Raider, just get him a black hoody.

    That being said, I do hope the patriots start losing soon, very soon.

  6. I am by far NOT a Patriots fan neither do I care much for Tebow, but I feel and felt kinda bad for him with all this circus bs that follows him and ruin his shot(s) at getting on a team. But I will admit that this is the perfect fit for him, Belichick will not put up with the media like Rex did. I wish him the best to make the squad, congrats Tim.

  7. Little Timmy Tebow is about to disappear from the media’s eye OR little Timmy Tebow is about to disappear from the NFL. Ball’s in your court , Tim.

  8. So in other words, he’s like the vast majority of us that are fed up with tebow questions from the media? At least we have the right HC to deal with guys asking the same questions repeatedly. He’ll just shut you all down which is great. Did you really expect him to give a detailed overview of how they’ll use him?

  9. @Grpatriot Owns the media? Maybe the local media…but Tebows bringing NATIONAL media to NE, good luck coach!!! Sounds Annoyed already. He has no clue what he getting in for…makes no sense, if my teams playing the Pats, and they wanna take Brady out, cool with me!!
    It’s like signing the best backup shooting guard in the NBA…when you already have MJ

  10. Tebow doesn’t bring the media, they follow him. Bill will be good at keeping them out of the way and allow Tebow to be a team mate not an icon. Just leave him alone

  11. Why do the put the ‘report comment’ right nxt to the like or unlike??? I got fat thumbs!!!lol always accidentally ‘reporting’ comments…sorry

  12. I just can’t foresee Brady giving up even 1 snap a game to Tebow. I think this is more of a courtesy to Urban and McDaniels. It really doesn’t cost these teams all that much to kick the tires.

    I mean Weinke has been telling us for months that Tebow’s motion is fixed and he’s more accurate but he’s still behind TB. Realistically I don’t see the fit. Even if Tom went down, they have Mallet ready and 2 yrs in so they can run the same offense.

  13. Example # 1 as to why NE is a good fit for Tebow. Tebow will NOT have to deal with the media because Belichick won’t let him, and Belichick just isn’t gonna talk about him.

  14. This is why Tebow was radioactive for most teams. It’s truly amazing the media circus that follows that kid around. Nobody deserves this.

  15. They wouldn’t have signed him if Belichick didn’t want him there. As for him not liking the media circus, ummm, think “Spygate” generated more media than Tebow every will. As for Tebow being cut because Belichick will not tolerate the media circus…that isn’t Tebow’s doing. The other thing is Kraft is pretty far up the food chain of NFL owners, wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t make some calls and all of a sudden the number of reporters and camera at practices and during mini camp shrink.

  16. I have no clue what’s going on with Tebow’s role, etc. One thing I know for 100% sure is that BB will squash the media BS around TT. He’s off to a great start, love the comment about hoping there are more people at the games.

  17. So much for Teblow just going away already…thanks alot Belidick for letting this circus continue. Ugh.

  18. Coach Belichick? Do you see some type of scenario where you will use Tebow for the old “hidden ball” trick where Tebow puts the ball behind his back underneath his jersey and then just walks down the field with his arms out in the air like “What? I don’t have the ball” and the defenders are afraid to tackle him because they might get a penalty and Tebow goes all the way to the end zone and scores a touchdown and does the “Tebowing” pose and only then does everybody see the ball sticking up under his jersey like some kind of hunchback or something?

  19. I don’t like the Patriots very much but holy crap am I glad that Tebow signed with them. Finally, a coach willing to refuse to answer silly question after silly question about Tebow.

    Take note Rex/Woody: THIS is how you stop a media circus.

  20. The best part of this whole signing will be watching the media, who think they deserve to get every question answered, get stonewalled by Belichick. This is going to infuriate most of the media because Belichick doesnt care at all what you have to say or want him to answer. I am no means a huge fan of Tebow but the kid has talent and no doubt a desire to play the game. This is the best opportunity he’ll have to make something of himself as an NFL player. IF he makes the roster, he’ll be insulated from all the nonsense and get a shot at making it. Not like that circus he just sat thru with the Jets…

  21. Step 1 – make media realize that they won’t get any quotes from or about Tebow.

    Step 2 – See if Tebow can play…

    Step 3 (optional) – Realize that he doesn’t help team football-wise.

    Step 4 – cut him.

  22. No circus will come….Billy B will just treat the questions as they are. Stupid and deserving of being ignored.

    This is also the team that has had Tom Brady questionable with a shoulder for about 18 years with no one being able to prove other wise. Nothing will come out of that locker room but coach speak regarding Tebow.

    This is a good place for Tebow to concentrate on football….that said….it’s probably also where he’ll disappear if he isn’t 100% into some sort of position change.

  23. NY Jets, take notes. You don’t give a backup QB an introductory press conference. You send out a hoodie wearing grumble monster to slap the media around for being so interested in a third stringer that might not even make the team.

  24. Imagine the kick to the testicles Manning will get when he does his annual 1 & done in the playoffs and Tebow continues playing into the AFC Championship game or even super bowl. BB didn’t do this out of spite to the media, but to Brady’s only competition for best QB of his generation.

  25. Actually this is the perfect place for him. Bellichick will control the media nonsense and Tim can learn and develop.

  26. BB will diffuse what’s left of the media circus that comes with Tebow but that circus pretty much ran its course in New York anyway.

    Some interest will linger as to where/if Tebow will get to play but that’s about it.

  27. I think they will use him as a third TE/H–back the way gronks arm keeps acting up tebow could b good insurance

  28. I don’t like Belichick, but I respect him. I love this signing for the reason that Belichik will not let a Tebow circus take over New England like the Jets did in NY. This is the one place where Tebow could have stayed in the NFL where we will hear the least about him. Perfect situation.

  29. The circus has left, BB put the smackdown on the media. The media will be lucky to speak to Tebow. I am still in shock that tebow was signed to the Patriots. I want all of the Die Hard Tebow fans to know that he will never ever, ever ever ever start while Brady is in a Patriots uniform.

  30. “We’ve been in front of bigger crowds than this before,” Belichick said. “Hopefully there will be
    more than that at our games on Sundays.”

    This is why he’s already a legend.

  31. 2ruefan says:Jun 11, 2013 11:06 AM

    Ummmm,
    Not exactly correct there bucaroo…
    Petyon Manning was brought in AFTER Tebow was let go. Specifically, let go so they COULD go get Manning and go that direction.
    How COULD anyone think he should “start ahead of him” when they were never THERE at the same time genius?
    __________________________________

    Peyton Manning, signed March 20, rumoured to sign in Denver several days earlier

    Tim Tebow, traded March 21.

    Nice try though.

  32. Well 1 of the pats Qb’s beat the Steelers the last time they played them and 1 got thumped! And the 1 that beat us name isn’t tom Brady! Wonder if belicheat got Tebow just for the Steelers. He tried to steal Sanders in the off-season. He must be really worried about the 6 time super bowl champs!

  33. I am wondering how this decision to bring sign Tebow came to fruition. Did McDaniel initiate it?
    BB is not one to create and deal with a circus atmosphere. I like Tebow as a person but is he an NFL quarterback? He kills a lot of worms (thrown ball into dirt). The year prior to 2011, the Broncos were 4 and 12. They finish ’11 with a record of 8-8. They benefited from a weaker schedule in 2011. They had a run of victories with Tebow. But they were killed by New England-TWICE. To me this defies logic.

  34. Why does everyone have this misconception that Tebow is responsible for the media making a circus and acting like ass clowns? He does not bring anything. The media does all of this on their own without the blessing or the help of Tebow. The Patriots started shutting down the circus today. The entertaining part will be to see who the media will pick next to build up and then rip down.

  35. @toon4life Since when have we not had national media in New England? As BB said, they’ve had some big media crowds there before.

    And the “best backup shooting guard” analogy? Not so much. It’s like adding JJ Redick when you have Jordan — and the media only wants to talk about Redick. Good job by Bill to shut this circus down.

  36. This is the only Tebow story i’m clicking today. Belichick is the perfect HC for him. While you media types fall all over yourselves because you have something to talk about in June, I’ll be skipping the glorified internet trolling that the press pulls over this story.

  37. I don’t think the circus will be a problem in New England, at least not as much as it was in NY for three main reasons.

    1) Belichick will never, ever, give anything to the media that they can use to stir up trouble

    2) Barring a serious injury to Brady, there is zero chance of a QB controversy

    3) Tebow will keep his mouth shut or he won’t be on the roster anymore.

    BTW- I don’t believe for a second that they intend to keep him as the #3 Qb on the depth chart. It makes no sense. Most teams only activate 2 qbs, which means they wouldn’t be able to use him for anything else. If they are serious about using him only at QB, then this is nothing more than a personal favor from McDaniels, who drafted him, and will probably end with Tebow’s release before the season starts.

  38. I kind of get a laugh from the Pats homers. All I hear is this isnt a bad move and BB is a genius bla bla bla. If anyone would have said the Pats would be bringing in Tebow a couple weeks ago to battle for a qb position (reported by couple media outlets) you would have laughed in their face and we all know it. This was a move precipitated by McDaniels because he couldn’t admit he was wrong when he went after him in Denver. Now he talked BB into it which shows just what kind of genius he is by buying into it. We have all seen what Tebow is about on the field so no matter how much you defend the move we know better. The Patswill regret the move trust me.

  39. 2ruefan

    March 20 2012: Peyton Manning signs with the Denver Broncos.
    March 21 2012: Tim Tebow traded to New York Jets.

    They were there at the same time, albeit briefly. Seeing how you have such a terrible memory, it may be lost on you that Tebow fans did in fact want the Broncos to start him ahead of Manning. That’s why they are Tebow fans. That dude had a fair point.

  40. BB has 90 players trying to make the team and a 15 min press conference.

    No way will he allow the media to spend the whole time on one player. And that is the way it should be.

    He always has, and always will control the press conferences.

  41. “He must be really worried about the 6 time super bowl champs!”

    If he is(and I doubt it), then he is the only one. When was the last time they won a playoff game?

    The 6 time champs are a barely the third best team in their own division.

  42. Take notes — this is how you kill the circus.

    On a side note, I find it peculiar that anyone would think that Bill B. “hates” Tim Tebow.

    There is no way that Owner and GM didn’t consult Bill B. before bringing Tebow in. That’s simply not realistic.

  43. i’ve never been a patriot fan, but i must say that billicheck handles the media very well. good luck to Bill, Tim, and the pats!!!!

  44. “We’ve been in front of bigger crowds than this before,” Belichick said. “Hopefully there will be more than that at our games on Sundays.”

    Guess that answers it.
    Ticket sales.

  45. Get used to it William! It’s just the beginning. Tebow has the big man upstairs on his side, and he allows all questions …

  46. gbmickey says: Jun 11, 2013 11:56 AM

    I kind of get a laugh from the Pats homers. All I hear is this isnt a bad move and BB is a genius bla bla bla. If anyone would have said the Pats would be bringing in Tebow a couple weeks ago to battle for a qb position (reported by couple media outlets) you would have laughed in their face and we all know it. This was a move precipitated by McDaniels because he couldn’t admit he was wrong when he went after him in Denver. Now he talked BB into it which shows just what kind of genius he is by buying into it. We have all seen what Tebow is about on the field so no matter how much you defend the move we know better. The Patswill regret the move trust me.

    —-

    The reason it isn’t “a bad move” is because the contract has no guaranteed money.
    If it doesn’t work out they cut him and nothing is lost. It’s that simple, please quit with all the “This was a move precipitated by McDaniels because he couldn’t admit he was wrong when he went after him in Denver. Really, do you know JM personally?

    How will they “regret” signing a 3rd string QB that they gave no guaranteed money, no strings attached?

    What is it with all these jobbers who think they have it all figured out?

  47. Belichick answers a few questions about Tebow then says he is done talking about him. The J E T S give Tebow, their backup QB, his own press conference. That my friends is the difference between a franchise that is consistantly competing for the Championship and a team described as a circus.

  48. Something tells me that if Belichick is already annoyed with talking about Tebow, then signing him was a big mistake! You are not only signing Tebow the (sort of) quarterback. You’re also signing Tebow, the media circus, & the man with legions of followers.

  49. This is the best team that can handle the Tebow situation. He is the third string QB, Brady is arguably the best QB in the league and he is the leader of this team so there will be no QB controversey at all. This will not turn into a circus. Belichick knows what he wants to do or he would not have put Tebow on the team.

  50. WOW as a NY Jets fan I am psyched that BB allowed this circus act onto his football squad. Talk about self serving delusions, BB is going to have to deal with the national media every day about a player with little to no impact on a good football team.

    Tipping my glass to you BB for opening the door to invite all of the little circus clowns that are travelling from East Hanover NJ up to Foxboro right now, and all of the complications that comes with Tebow!!!

  51. 2ruefan says:
    Jun 11, 2013 11:06 AM
    Ummmm,
    Not exactly correct there bucaroo…
    Petyon Manning was brought in AFTER Tebow was let go. Specifically, let go so they COULD go get Manning and go that direction.
    How COULD anyone think he should “start ahead of him” when they were never THERE at the same time genius?
    —————————————
    What you say above is correct, but i think that guy just had poor phrasing. People really do think that, I was talking to a Broncos fan last off season and he said he was bummed they cut tebow because he liked him and thought he gave them a better shot at winning than manning (at which point i called him a bandwagoning idiot and walked away)

  52. This will rank up there with the signing of Ochostinko. Actually that one was worse as BB paid him $6 mill for 15 catches and 1 td what a complete waste of money.

    Tebow wont cost as much but between the media circus that will setup tents in Foxboro and Tom Brady looking over his shoulder (you can’t ignore TT) this will cost the Patriots their sanity!

  53. I wish I were a genius so I could understand what Belichik is thinking here. He seems pissed off about taking Tebow questions as if they’re coming as some sort of surprise. And the Patsies are telling Rex Ryan to take notes? Meanwhile, if you went to a Jets game last year you know the antics Tebow gets up to during warmups and on the sidelines, and what a coach and QB killer he is. BB has got to stop shopping in Filene’s basement and pony up for real BFL prospects. No more Haynesworths, no more Ochos. No more trading down for picks to hoard, then squander on second-round busts. Full disclosure, I have no love for the Pats but respect them as a team and as a true NFL fan I hate to see them making this move. And puh-leeze, no more “genius” talk. Let’s get some informed and balanced discussion going on here.

  54. Some of the questions from the media were about the media, including whether Belichick thought the presence of reporters at this week’s minicamp could become a distraction.

    “We’ve been in front of bigger crowds than this before,” Belichick said. “Hopefully there will be more than that at our games on Sundays.”
    ================================

    Classic BB, making the reporters look stupid for asking stupid questions.

  55. People just don’t like facts, do they…Manning was picked up, Tebow was traded, in that order.

  56. Just because BB doesnt talk to the media this is a good move? Plenty of teams dont talk to the media like the team I follow, the Packers. It doesnt make the move any less stupid. We have all seen Tebow play the position and he flat out stunk. Pats fans see what you want to see in that media conference but what I saw was an already frustrated BB after about 10 minutes. Relish in the fact Pats fans at least you will have Skip Baseless in your corne he will keep the circus going.

  57. This is the way Belichick handles anything the media gets excessive about.

    Change the subject or end of presser. Make your choice.

  58. I am in Los Angeles and I will from now watch every game of New England Patriots ! I will watch Tim Tebow as a back-up quarterback in the 2013 NFL season, just like in 1973, I had attended every game at Notre Dame, watching Joe Montana also as a back-up Quarterback on campus (40 years ago)!

  59. I’m not big on Belichick as a person, but as a coach, no question about it. He owns the media, they don’t rule him. You don’t accomplish what he has by being everyone’s buddy. As far as Tebow goes….if Belichick thinks it’s a good move for the team, he’s earned the right to get the benefit of the doubt! One thing Belichick is big on is having good leaders on his roster and he just made it stronger with this move!

  60. Think about it. Tebow is the 3rd string QB or 4th string RB or 5th string TE, so why should he allow the press to focus so much attention to a bit player? Why no questions about how BB will use the 2nd string QB?

  61. if Tebow is so bad why does the media constantly pressure how they will use him right now, you have Brady why people want to see this kid sink so much. People act as if Tebow was out promoting himself like TO and Ohcho but dude did what he did to win the game….that’s where society has fell off in sports its not a team game its all individual now, what his QBR., what’s his completion percentage blah blah blah…..how many victories he had, did we win the game, that should be the concern…I think every man would where their ring proudly regardless if got QB QBR was the lowest in the league, he won you that Superbowl so it wouldn’t matter…..

    I say that to say this let the man grow. the more you emphasise the back up QB and he is not playing is not helping the QB the team or you media outlet because people get tired of hearing bout a dude who doesn’t even play, your losing viewers. now if you want a biblical viewpoint as far being a Christian the bible teaches that man can not touch the annoited. Tebow isn’t an exception I’m annointed your annointed everyone is only difference is his platform is bigger than others he chooses to express Christ the way he chooses before during and after a game we choose to do it in our daily lives differently…

  62. @RexCanCoach, you think Tom Brady is looking over his shoulder at Tebow? Are you insane, or just deluded? Wait, you think Rex Ryan can coach, stupid question…

  63. BB is all about practice and getting better. Last year pats De didn’t do so hot vs. QBs that could run. This signing isn’t about tebow getting better and making a difference, it’s about making his TEAM better. If the pats make the Super Bowl…odds are they will play either 49ers, Seahawks or Packers. All with QBs that all can run.

  64. I don’t think there are any Tebow fans who think he should start ahead of Brady, bucrightoff. In fact, I believe it’s just the opposite. I think Tebow fans would like nothing better than for him to learn to excel at a position, whether that is QB or another. And I have no doubt that Tom Brady welcomed the idea of having Tebow on his team. Brady, unlike Sanchez, is a true QB and isn’t going to let a little Tebow Time affect his playing ability.

    And as far as a circus in New England, it’s not going to happen. Not only will Belichick not allow that to happen, but nobody else within the Patriots organization will either. And despite what some of you Tebow haters think, he just wants to play a game he loves and play it well. That’s what he’s hoping to achieve with New England.

  65. Get used to it. You can bet that when the media finds out that Tim Tebow’s buying a house in the same neighborhood is Tom Brady you’re going to f****** hear about it all day long. Now you might even get a special channel for the Patriots now.

  66. As Bill says, “Let’s see what happens”. There are a lot of scenarios that can take place.

    1. Tebow can be the #3 QB, but if the Patriots can move Mallet for a good trade or draft pick, Tebow could be backup. If Tebow works out, then Mallet is more expendable for a good price. Figure Mallet to be featured a whole lot more than Tebow as QB in preseason games. I don’t think the Pats will show many new creative things with Tebow in preseason. Why give away their plans?

    2. I can see Tebow lining up as FB, HB, double slot, TE on offense. He had problems on the Jets special teams; if the Pats can do better teaching him, he can play where Dan Connolly has played before – remember Connolly returned a short kick 70+ (76?) yards a few years ago; Tebow is at least as fast and athletic as Connolly. If he learns the blocking patterns, he could be good on special teams, but he has a lot to learn and a lot to prove.

    3. Option runs and passes.

    How about Tebow under center, Vareen and Brady in the backfield? Pre-planned plays, Tebow could run, pitch to Vareen, or flip back to Brady. If he learns to read defenses better, we could see some flea flickers, such as the ones that Randy Moss, Tom Brady, and Jabar Gaffney pulled off a few years ago.

    4. Triple alignment split left or right:

    Possible combos:
    Tebow, Hernandez, Gronkowski
    Tebow, Hernandez, Amendola
    Tebow, Amendola, Vareen
    Tebow, Gronkowski, Amendola
    Tebow, Vareen, Slater (power, shifty, speed)

    Many other possibilities with the new potential receivers.

    Variations off of this could be three split left, two split right, empty backfield, then motion to backfield or vice versa.

    If the guys get down the playbook, they could run a whole series of plays across these variations, and if they work, drive the competition crazy. More likely, they’ll only show a few of them here and there, assuming Tebow can make the team.

  67. The “Hooded-One” reminds me of the crusty and very senior college professor who has very strict limits when it comes to silliness…

    You want to go and try and his patience repeatedly with inane, stupid questions?

    Lots of luck….

    Meanwhile it’s great comical theater to watch….

  68. Seriously, it’s not clear to me how anyone can hate on a guy that treats the media exactly how they should be treated.
    Like dirt bags.
    Belichick’s pressers have reached the point that they’re so bad, they’re great.

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