Patriots, Bucs cancel practices, start vacation

AP

And on the third day of the Tim Tebow Era, Bill Belichick saw that it was good, so the Patriots rested.

The Patriots boss decided they had done enough work for the spring, and canceled today’s final minicamp practice, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Players came in for morning meetings, and were informed of the schedule change. That wraps up their football work until training camp opens in late July.

Asked Wednesday about the progress they had made, Belichick replied: “A lot further along, made a lot of progress since then. Now, we have a long way to go.”

As if following his mentor’s cue, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano also decided to start vacation a day early, sending his players to a movie instead of another practice.

While that might excuse players from a little work on the field, it also starts the time of year coaches are most worried about — when players are unsupervised before the start of training camp.

30 responses to “Patriots, Bucs cancel practices, start vacation

  1. When I see a God comment with Belichick, all I can think of is Jay Leno’s line the other night of “Tebow sat down and told Bill Belichick about his friend, Jesus, and Belichick told Tim about his friend, Satan, and they came to an agreement.”

  2. Attention – MEDIA… I think we’ve beat the dead horse enough.

    It’s funny to me that so many of the players in the NFL are God-fearing, God-loving Christians who alway give praise to God whenever given the opportunity. Yet Tebow continues to be attacked for his faith.

    As a fan of the NFL, it’s getting old. Really old.

  3. tatatoothy says: Jun 13, 2013 10:12 AM

    Attention – MEDIA… I think we’ve beat the dead horse enough.

    It’s funny to me that so many of the players in the NFL are God-fearing, God-loving Christians who alway give praise to God whenever given the opportunity. Yet Tebow continues to be attacked for his faith.

    As a fan of the NFL, it’s getting old. Really old.

    Don’t make fun of Tebow Darin. You’ll make his legion of nut job fans upset and hurt..WAH

  4. Probably a smart thing to do. What could players possibly do today that they will retain 6 weeks from now? The Pats certainly do not need another injury.

  5. I’m as tired of the unnecessary Tebow reporting as anybody but “And on the third day of the Tim Tebow Era, Bill Belichick saw that it was good, so the Patriots rested.” is funny.

  6. The Jets played paint ball on their last day, and that led to a ton of bumbling circus comments. Patriots just flat cancel the day and the Bucs go see a movie, and that is all cool.

  7. SHOGUN – You make my point for me. Why are people making fun of the guy when he’s really no different that probably 2/3 of the NFL when it comes to his faith?

  8. Tebow is not attacked for his faith……He is attacked for his [proselytizing every chance he has.. …….Some people would rather you not tell them to follow your faith. Just follow your own beliefs privately……………He takes every opportunity to tell you he is right and any other faith is wrong…………… He also brings kids to games like many other players do..But he makes sure that the press knows about it and even takes the kids to his press conferences to show everyone how nice he is…That irks players who do that all the time but privately…………Then there is “Tebowing”.. making sure you are away from the other teammates. in the spotlight, showing your devotion..While other players usually do these things either privately or in a group prayer…That is why he is attacked for his faith….Not the faith..but his particular way of practicing it.

  9. If Tebow can catch, I can see him filling the void left by Kevin Faulk. But then if Kevin Faulk could catch we wouldn’t have ‘Fourth and 2’.

  10. @ mateo,
    I have never heard Tebow tell anyone what they had to believe. Just what he does believe. Those two things are not the same thing, and I am an atheist.

    Reggie White is universally loved, was a man of outward faith and made negative/non accepting comments about gays. Same with Tony Dungy. So why the Tebow hate? He hasn’t even made negative comments about gays let alone told people what they had to believe religion wise.

  11. mateoelgatto says:
    Jun 13, 2013 10:34 AM
    Tebow is not attacked for his faith……He is attacked for his [proselytizing every chance he has.. …….Some people would rather you not tell them to follow your faith. Just follow your own beliefs privately……………He takes every opportunity to tell you he is right and any other faith is wrong…………… He also brings kids to games like many other players do..But he makes sure that the press knows about it and even takes the kids to his press conferences to show everyone how nice he is…That irks players who do that all the time but privately…………Then there is “Tebowing”.. making sure you are away from the other teammates. in the spotlight, showing your devotion..While other players usually do these things either privately or in a group prayer…That is why he is attacked for his faith….Not the faith..but his particular way of practicing it.

    ….So in other words, he’s being attacked for his faith, right? As an Evangelical, “witnessing”, or what you call “Proselytizing” is a large part of religious expression. Also, why can’t he give honor to God openly? Is there a law against that? Or people who do that irk you somehow?

  12. I’ve never heard Tebow preach a sermon during his interviews about football. Just the mere mention of God makes people uncomfortable in any religion if they aren’t living right. I’ll just leave it at that.

  13. Tatatoothy – Because he is the most prominent figure. For reasons I am unaware of because he is a terrible quarterback. In any event you can make an argument as to why others aren’t getting as much attention when they are every bit as Christian as St. Tebow. Who made Tebow the purveyor of all things Christ? Tebow has an irrational, unobjective cult-like fan base partly because everyone thinks he is just a swell guy. Brian Dawkins is just as “religious” as Tebow and was ten times the player but yet didn’t have anywhere near the amount of fans of Tebow. I find this to be interesting. Given all of this, it makes it more gratifying, and more fun to make fun of Tebow because he is polarizing. And because it is fun to needle Tebow nation and get them all riled up.

  14. Now go back to wearing your Jorts, Visors, flip flops and #15 Gator jerseys that you probably sleep in you Tebow freaks

  15. I love how all the people who yell “I hate this PC nonsense!” with the Redskins or gay athlete stuff are the first ones to cry victim and whine when someone makes a harmless Tebow joke.

  16. I’m beyond tired of hearing the constant Tebow coverage as well as the immature shots at him and his faith. But I don’t understand why anyone is upset with this article at all. It was a harmless and decently funny joke that was merely a reference to a Bible verse, with no intention to ridicule that I can see. Let’s not be so touchy that we flip out ANY time Tebow and his faith are referenced.

  17. rokusaburo says:

    I love how all the people who yell “I hate this PC nonsense!” with the Redskins or gay athlete stuff are the first ones to cry victim and whine when someone makes a harmless Tebow joke.

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    YES! Players should be allowed to have faith and use the cameras and podium as a pulpit, but heaven forbid players would have an opinion on a cause unaligned with Christianity.

  18. Will the tyranny of Belichick ever end? Those players bargained for the right to have that practice and he cancels it? What arrogance.

  19. jimmyt says:
    Jun 13, 2013 9:50 AM
    Got enough film on the Bucs for that upcoming regular season game, eh Bilicheat?

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    nah, nothing on the Bucs – but they do have something with your wife doin your best friend.

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