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Tebow gives statement, takes no questions post-practice

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It’s was obvious going in the Patriots wanted to keep from fanning the flames of Tebowmania.

In fact, it appears their strategy is to remove the fuel from the media, and hope the sparks don’t catch fire.

After coach Bill Belichick did his regular Belichick act this morning, Tebow followed by meeting with reporters after practice, giving a statement, but taking no questions.

“First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity,” he said, via the Twitter feed of Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. “I’m very thankful. It’s such an honor to be a Patriot and play for Coach Belichick and Coach [Josh] McDaniels, and learn under Tom [Brady, the starting quarterback, remember him?] and be a part of this great franchise and very successful franchise. I found out first-hand; lost to them several times.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to working hard every single day and getting a lot better and learning under some great people. That’s all I got. Thank you all so much and God bless. I’m sure we’ll be talking more soon.”

Or maybe we won’t. The Patriots have effectively hidden players in the past, namely Randy Moss, and there’s little reason to suspect Tebow will be making a spectacle of himself.

After seeing how it worked out at his last stop, where they had a huge press conference for him, it’s probably the best play, if only to keep expectations in check.

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  1. jonevans83 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:42 PM

    Just wait for the tebowmaniacs to put up billboards for him…. and he responds with his passive aggressive approach of “well, coaches will do what they want” instead of “tom brady is the qb, im here to do whatever is asked”

  2. randomguy9999 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:43 PM

    Tim ‘s lost…. he couldn’t even remember the play progression or do audibles in Demver, he didn’t show enough in practice to even get a snap when Sanchez got benched….

    now Tebow, who among QBs is dead last in TDs and yards per game, is gonna back up Brady?

    is BB losing it?

  3. ratbirdking says: Jun 11, 2013 1:44 PM

    For a network that wishes to distance itself and be better than ESPN, NBC Sports really loves talking about Tebow just as much as their competitor.

    We don’t care about him, and neither does Belichick.

  4. afterthesecrowdedstreets says: Jun 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    Well, Belichick certainly pulls off the friar look quite nicely, which should please Tebow. However, I think they brought in Tebow to bring a modicum of morality to an unethical franchise.

    Quite frankly, the Patriots could probably use him at wide receiver when Amendola gets hurt and Dobson busts… which is sure to happen based on the New England track record with drafted wide receivers.

  5. RexCanCoach says: Jun 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    Patriots are going to look like jackasses when they cut this kid.

    Come to think of it, the Patriots are going to look like jackasses if they waste a roster spot on this kid too.

    Circus has moved to Foxboro, enjoy!

  6. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jun 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    Hey, if Flacco can be a pro QB, so can Tebow.

  7. seaeagle707 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:48 PM

    Oh shucks, I was waiting for the part where Tebow, took off his shirt and scratched his finely sculpted abs………….

    Yeah right! Do you promise to tell us when he charges his iPhone? Files his nails? Combs his hair? Knots his tie?

    C’mon, doesn’t the whole world hang on every detail of his life?

    Howcum you don’t follow Jay Cutler like this?

  8. xtrememachine1 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:48 PM

    Why do the Patriots have to hide him exactly? What controversial thing has he talked about in the past that would be considered a disruption to the team? God? The Bible?

  9. explosionsauce says: Jun 11, 2013 1:51 PM

    Lets see Tebowmaniacs make the case he should start over one of the Top 5 QBs of all time.

  10. robgilman says: Jun 11, 2013 2:00 PM

    Get ready for a very similar scenario to Montana-Young and Favre-Rodgers. In a few years we will see Tebow ready to take over the reigns for the over age Brady. Tom will finish up someplace like Cleveland or maybe Jacksonville

  11. Stiller43 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:02 PM

    Why cant the media treat this guy like any other QB who had a small bit of success but is not very good at what he does, and will most likely be a backup QB or change positions to keep his career going?

    Because he’s overwhelmingly christian?

  12. xtrememachine1 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:02 PM

    The “Tebowmaniacs” wanted Tebow to start in place of Kyle Orton on a Broncos team that was 1-5. Its a little bit of a different situation now. I don’t think anyone is going to be calling for Brady to be replaced.

  13. winsb31 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:02 PM

    Seriously, WHO CARES about this clown!!! Enough already with this stupid coverage of a third string qb who sucks!!!

  14. blacknole08 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:05 PM

    Glad to see the Pats are giving Tebow a chance. And don’t blame Tebow for not answering questions. The media keeps this guy relevant — Tebow does not go out of his way for press.

    This has been rumored destination forever for Tebow — even before he was drafted. I think NE will be a fine fit for him and Belicheck and co. will get the most out of him.

  15. thechronicjoker says: Jun 11, 2013 2:05 PM

    So that’s how its done, Tebow was castrated his first day on the job.
    No press conference ……..check
    No win contract ……check
    Learn new position ……check
    The only thing Tebow will learn from Brady is how to give the perfect “Dutch Oven” aka “Hot Box”.
    I wish Tebow all the best.

  16. trapshoot says: Jun 11, 2013 2:12 PM

    The press needs to leave him alone and let him prove what he can, or cannot, do. At least he doesn’t have the New York zoo to endure.

  17. jimmyt says: Jun 11, 2013 2:14 PM

    explosionsauce, to start over one of the top 5 QBs of all time he would have to play for a different team. I know, that is hard for a member of the Brady Bunch to understand and deal with. Anyway, it will be fun watching what happens when Brady sees all those Tebow jerseys and signs and hears the chants at home. You know he will cry like a baby.

  18. lightcleric says: Jun 11, 2013 2:17 PM

    Honestly it seems like even Tebow is sick of Tebowmania but until we stop talking about it altogether no one will be happy.

    I vote we all pledge not to comment on any more Tebow stories.

  19. agelardi says: Jun 11, 2013 2:22 PM

    Can’t wait to hear Gisele’s statement.

  20. hatesycophants says: Jun 11, 2013 2:25 PM

    Ridiculous.

  21. tabcdef9 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:27 PM

    I don’t care for the statement Tebow made today as quoted above. The syntax lacks focus, is redundant in parts and doesn’t reflect the fleet and focused mind of a good NFL QB. While Tebow reportedly got a lot of work on his mechanics the past few months, it’s obvious by this statement that similar work has to be done with the way he thinks, if he is to fluently read his progressions and adapt on the fly to game challenges.

  22. mrgroovesd says: Jun 11, 2013 2:28 PM

    So the media wants to get the scoop on the 3rd string QB (If that…) instead of the starting model QB? The media really needs to find more material to write or find a hobby in the off season.

  23. 6ball says: Jun 11, 2013 2:37 PM

    .

    Peter King had spot on analysis in Sports Illustrated.

    Brady is # 1.

    Mallet is # 2 because he’s had a full year running the Patriot’s offense.

    Tebow will have 3 months to prove himself ( at no cost to the Pats), and if successful will become the Patriots #3 quarterback.

    There’s no risk for the Patriots. It’s possible there’s a reward.

    .

  24. orakpocalypse says: Jun 11, 2013 2:38 PM

    I’m sad he goes to another team with a coach who doesn’t really like him where he has no chance to play. Say what you will about his passing mechanics but this is a playoff winning heisman QB who has done nothing but win on the field. The only knock on him is he doesn’t look great in practice. WE TALKIN BOUT PRACTICE? NOT A GAME! PRACTICE!? I don’t understand why Jacksonville wouldn’t give him a shot. Both economically and from a football standpoint it just makes sense.

  25. MasMacho says: Jun 11, 2013 2:40 PM

    Personally I think he should guarantee a SB victory. THAT would start it all off with a bang.

  26. bookofelisha10 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:41 PM

    you can tell tebow didnt write this statement- the word excited didnt get used once.

  27. rc33 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:42 PM

    Reading that statement makes it easy to understand why people hate the guy so much.

  28. fanofevilempire says: Jun 11, 2013 2:44 PM

    as soon as he hands over the Jets play book he will get cut.

    - that was funny!

  29. brazy44 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:44 PM

    what, he wasn’t excited to be a Patriot?

  30. ebr362 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:48 PM

    BB has nothing to lose with this pickup, actually he has just picked up another player from a division rival with inner workings of the team. Its a BB M/O, not that the jets are anything to fear, but knowledge is power.

  31. ebr362 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:49 PM

    rc33 says:
    Jun 11, 2013 2:42 PM
    Reading that statement makes it easy to understand why people hate the guy so much.

    ———————————————-

    Exactly what did he say to make you make that rediculous statement?

  32. rc33 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:50 PM

    The media’s objective throughout has been to make this guy come off as a freak. They simply hate people…er, did I say people?, I meant Christians…that are overtly religious.
    Simply no place for the Tebow’s of the world in “their” society.
    The media is bacteria; complete and thorough disdain for each and every one of us.

  33. massconn72 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:51 PM

    I just assume that after the news conference, he went running to the closest church to thank his god that he got picked up?

  34. szwhtsup123 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:54 PM

    Tebow’s a good kid and he deserves a shot with a legitimate franchise with competent coaching. I hope he kicks butt and all the haters can suck on his success.

  35. patriots123456 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:56 PM

    Tebow is presently the 3rd string quarterback who along with 89 other players is trying to make the 53 man roster cut.

    He is not going to be paraded to the media and afforded his own press conference. He is going to be treated just like the other 89 players. This is what the team concept is all about.

    Quite frankly I enjoy the media getting put in it’s place.

    I wish Tim Tebow the best, he is by all means a hard working humble gentleman.

  36. rdrs68 says: Jun 11, 2013 3:01 PM

    he is there to learn from Brady? my dog has a better chance of learning QB than this proven bust.

  37. infectorman says: Jun 11, 2013 3:10 PM

    jonevans83 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:42 PM

    Just wait for the tebowmaniacs to put up billboards for him

    _____________________________

    By FAR the most absurd post I’ve read in at least 5 years.
    In football terms, Tebow in NE is…. a microbe in the skin of a common house fly, sitting on an elephant in a container ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on earth in the Milky Way compared to Tom Brady in NE.

    Billboards? Not a chance

  38. iced107 says: Jun 11, 2013 3:11 PM

    what is with all the tebow love?

    you guys post so many non stop stories about it but constantly make insinuations that the media should stop..

    how about taking your own advice instead of being a hypocrite?

  39. ayoungandres says: Jun 11, 2013 3:17 PM

    Nothing says shying away from the limelight like giving a statement to the media. He’s an egomaniac with delusions of grandeur with and a bunch of nutter Pantheon fans follow him around because he believes in God. He’s also dumber than a sack of rocks.

    Whatever. He’s already a distraction.

  40. ebr362 says: Jun 11, 2013 3:25 PM

    rdrs68 says:
    Jun 11, 2013 3:01 PM
    he is there to learn from Brady? my dog has a better chance of learning QB than this proven bust.

    ——————————————–

    “This proven bust” ? You mean the QB that took a 1-4 bronco team to a first round playoff win over the heavily favored steelers? How did Manning make out for them last year?

  41. drelms says: Jun 11, 2013 3:26 PM

    Why is there so many people associating the word hate with Tim Tebow. I am tired of some washed up reporters continually saying, “The coach hates him”.
    Having hate does nothing positive for you, let it go. If you dislike Tebow because he is religious and you, as a football enthusiast think that sports can not go hand in hand with a belief in a higher power, you are mistaken. As a former player I can assure you, when a guy is knocked unconscious on the field his teammates pray that he will be okay. Don’t mock prayer folks, and don’t mock Tebow because he says what he feels. Their are other certain individuals that mock many who disagree with their lifestyle, call them bible-thumpers and haters let’s all try to separate Truth from fiction. Let Tim pass or fail on how he learns, he’s got great teachers now and hopefully a Team that can really support him and his efforts.

  42. iowahbr says: Jun 11, 2013 3:28 PM

    I hope PFT is giving Tebow a special bonus as he’s causing a great number of clics and they should be able to raise their ad rates.

  43. gacoltfan says: Jun 11, 2013 3:32 PM

    Yet another reason to hate the Patriots.

    I thought we were done with all this ridiculous Tebow coverage, but now we’ll have to put up with it at least for the rest of the summer.

    Thanks, Bill.

  44. skinsfan91 says: Jun 11, 2013 3:41 PM

    Tebow needs to be in an option offense. Anything else just won’t work.

  45. bonniebengal says: Jun 11, 2013 4:04 PM

    This is a great opportunity for him to learn.

  46. flannlv says: Jun 11, 2013 4:04 PM

    “I’m sure we’ll be talking more soon.”

    Don’t count on it Tim. Clearly he hasn’t learned how things are done in NE.

  47. ranger764 says: Jun 11, 2013 4:06 PM

    Get ready for a very similar scenario to Montana-Young and Favre-Rodgers. In a few years we will see Tebow ready to take over the reigns for the over age Brady. Tom will finish up someplace like Cleveland or maybe Jacksonville
    —————————————————–
    See!! THIS is what we’re talking about. The above statement was made by a Tebowmaniac, not a person with sound rationale thought and obviously someone who knows very little about football. Come on man!

  48. liquidmuse says: Jun 11, 2013 4:15 PM

    I love this…did any “Tebowmaniacs” put up billboards last year? OR was it just the one year where the team was 1-4, 4-18 under Orton, & Tebow was a 1st round QB who was 1-2 in starts…WAY different then the NE situation.

  49. jonevans83 says: Jun 11, 2013 4:25 PM

    “nfectorman says:
    Jun 11, 2013 3:10 PM
    jonevans83 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:42 PM

    Just wait for the tebowmaniacs to put up billboards for him

    _____________________________

    By FAR the most absurd post I’ve read in at least 5 years.
    In football terms, Tebow in NE is…. a microbe in the skin of a common house fly, sitting on an elephant in a container ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on earth in the Milky Way compared to Tom Brady in NE.

    Billboards? Not a chance”

    Tebowmaniacs don’t care about the team. They care about Tebow.

  50. westof1club says: Jun 11, 2013 4:27 PM

    Ayoungandres says it best.

    Nothing says shying away from the limelight like giving a statement to the media. He’s an egomaniac with delusions of grandeur with and a bunch of nutter Pantheon fans follow him around because he believes in God. He’s also dumber than a sack of rocks.

    The guy’s ego is fully fueled by the morons who appreciate his beliefs more than his on field prowess.

  51. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2013 4:31 PM

    I don’t think I could care less….

    Wait there was a post about Sedrick Ellis…. Ok I think I care less about that… but not much.

  52. annapterp says: Jun 11, 2013 4:34 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says: Jun 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    Hey, if Flacco can be a pro QB, so can Tebow.

    If you really believe this then you should stick to watching the WNBA!

  53. baddegg says: Jun 11, 2013 5:11 PM

    Put Tebow on Mt. Rushmore now! Do it!

  54. finsguy says: Jun 11, 2013 5:14 PM

    Issues a bland statement and then takes no questions? What? Did he get elected President or something?

  55. andyisfat says: Jun 11, 2013 5:24 PM

    Statement? Did he finally come out of the closet so he can give up the virgin farce?

  56. thebigtim2012 says: Jun 11, 2013 5:27 PM

    There’s is only one organization to lay the blame on if you don’t like what tebow has become. The steelers. If he doesn’t win in the playoffs then he’s back to being a below avg qb. That’s my theory

  57. stankytoes12 says: Jun 11, 2013 5:30 PM

    Tebow annoys the hell out of me, the non stop god talk is just too much. Its pretty tacky and repetitive. I got this crazy theory, if god watched as much football as some players imply, hed probably of picked a favorite team, probably the team in the city/state with most religious people lol, and theyd go 19-0 every year just wouldn’t even be fun.

  58. stankytoes12 says: Jun 11, 2013 5:31 PM

    “There’s is only one organization to lay the blame on if you don’t like what tebow has become. The steelers. If he doesn’t win in the playoffs then he’s back to being a below avg qb. That’s my theory”

    pretty sure no one is convinced tebow isn’t already a “below avg qb” even with that playoff win, as impressive as it was.

  59. therealhazer says: Jun 11, 2013 5:46 PM

    Good, let’s move on!

  60. jrcoop says: Jun 11, 2013 5:55 PM

    No circus here, nope, not in NE. Just your typical backup QB sign on presser. Stop kidding yourselves.

  61. sidelineshot says: Jun 11, 2013 5:58 PM

    Patriots owner Kraft had to do something to get some press time in Boston – the Bruins are having all of it .

  62. jprcox says: Jun 11, 2013 6:08 PM

    Tebow has proven when he gets real playing time he does well. In his playoff win he threw for over 300 yrd – 2 TD against the best D in NFL. You don’t do that in the NFL on accident.

    He was also a Heisman Trophy winner AND MVP in the NCAA National Championship game.

    People who say he isn’t a good QB need to redefine their threshold for that statement.

    He will backup Brady until he retires – and then Tebow will have refined himself to be a great QB.

  63. jomochiefsfan84 says: Jun 11, 2013 6:24 PM

    What I’m tired of hearing from all the “Tebow Supporters” everybody needs to quit hating on his because he is a christian. I’m a christian & that has nothing to do with it people are tired of hearing about somebody who has done little to nothing in this league & he is praised like he’s a top 5 QB in this league. Guess what? He’s not & that’s why people are tired of hearing it! Religion doesn’t have anything to do with it. We are all just tired of it all & every news station covering every little baby step Tebow makes on the football field!

  64. iowahbr says: Jun 11, 2013 7:28 PM

    To jomochiefsfan84
    Scooter,

    PFT does a fairly good job of labelling their articles so just don’t read the Tebow ones and leave them for us Tebowmaniacs.

  65. 4ever9er says: Jun 11, 2013 8:20 PM

    I Loved BB’s press conference and I’m glad that Tebow didn’t take any questions. What everyone forgets is that these reporters will sell their Mothers or 1st born for a non story.
    No matter how many times Tebow answers a question there will be some Jackass trying to rephrase it hoping to get him (or any other player or coach) to say something just a little different so they can then put their own spin on it and the little sheep will latch and take it as the truth!
    The only circus around Tebow is the media and the teams who allow it.
    Good Luck to Tebow and yes BB is my 2nd favorite coach in the NFL.
    9ers Today-Tomorrow-Forever

  66. cuda1234 says: Jun 11, 2013 8:39 PM

    Let’s recap once again for the Tebowmaniacs:

    Tebow started three years at Florida and won 1 (ONE) championship. He’s been in the NFL three years and has yet to play for a winning team. He does not have a winning record as a starting qb. He’s the most divisive player in the league and has been undermining his team’s starting qb since 2006.

    Calling him a “winner” does not make it so.

  67. lanman11 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:57 PM

    What isn’t being said, and I know this from living in both places, is that Tebow is now in the northeast part of the country, about as far from the Baptist Bible Belt as you can get. Most people who classify themselves as Christians in New England, are not of the born again type, but rather Catholics and Protestants. Mostly Catholics. They won’t respond to Tebow the same way they would elsewhere. Oh they will probably feel good if he does good, and maybe they hope he brings a little of God’s favor to the team, but generally they won’t be toting signs and camping out like perhaps elsewhere. They keep their religeon in a box up there. The issue is the media. If they failed to show up, it wouldn’t be a story. But they need a story. That’s what they are selling. They are media Ho’s, but Ho’s got to be eatin’ too.

  68. denverdude7 says: Jun 12, 2013 12:54 PM

    Belichick is getting ready to “Bledsoe” Brady. Better watch out Tommy-Boy, you’re on the way out of town.

    Timahhhhhh !!!!!!!!

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