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Belichick declines to say if Tim Tebow will play QB only

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick arrives to address the media regarding the criminal charges against Aaron Hernandez in Foxboro Reuters

When Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the media for the first time at training camp on Thursday, it was all Aaron Hernandez, all the time, and not a single question about Tim Tebow was asked. But on Friday, Belichick got his first Tebow question.

Specifically, Belichick was asked whether the Patriots see Tebow as a quarterback exclusively, or whether they might use him at other positions as well. And Belichick declined to answer.

“I think we’ll use Tim where ever we feel like is best for the team,” Belichick said. “I know that’s what he’s committed to doing as well, whatever that is.”

Asked about Tebow’s practice habits, Belichick said he likes what he sees.

“He’s got a great work ethic — great,” Belichick said.

That work ethic will be especially important if Belichick wants Tebow to practice at more than one position.

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60 Responses to “Belichick declines to say if Tim Tebow will play QB only”
  1. dgreenfi says: Jul 26, 2013 9:04 AM

    Rumor is he is practicing both as waterboy and towelboy until they figure out which plays more to his strengths.

  2. doomsdaydefensetx says: Jul 26, 2013 9:06 AM

    I would like to see Tebow used the same way 49ers integrated Kaepernick while Alex Smith was the starter. Obviously not to take Brady’s job but a change of pace or a boost to the run game.

  3. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 26, 2013 9:08 AM

    You heard it here first. Tim Tebow is a lock to start at TE, HB, DB, Inside or Outside Linebacker, and PK.

    Or any combination thereof.

  4. flmike says: Jul 26, 2013 9:10 AM

    I’m going to play NFL pundent and make a prediction, either Miami or Buffalo go into Foxborough and dismantle the Patriots and that will be the Oh $4!T moment when everyone realizes it’s over…

  5. boblavoie says: Jul 26, 2013 9:11 AM

    Maybe some of the media should read “The Art of War”, then they wouldn’t ask stupid questions. As if the general would hand out his game plan – please. This is not the Jets.

  6. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Jul 26, 2013 9:15 AM

    Now that’s the belichick we all know and love

  7. i, flounder says: Jul 26, 2013 9:15 AM

    tebow throws like hernandez covers up murders.

  8. sbchampsagain says: Jul 26, 2013 9:16 AM

    “I think we’ll use Tim where ever we feel like is best for the team,” Belichick said. “I know that’s what he’s committed to doing as well, whatever that is.”

    What a useless answer.

    The probelm is, personalities like his rub people the wrong way.

    With some recent playoff disappointments, it appears the bloom is from the rose for BB. The Pats arent that scary team they once used to be and might be in for rough year.

    And what happens when Brady retires in 2 years?!

    I forecast some tough years for NE unless thay can find an Andrew Luck-type in the draft…

  9. whatnojets says: Jul 26, 2013 9:16 AM

    De ja vue

  10. jwcarlson says: Jul 26, 2013 9:18 AM

    doomsdaydefensetx says:
    Jul 26, 2013 9:06 AM
    I would like to see Tebow used the same way 49ers integrated Kaepernick while Alex Smith was the starter. Obviously not to take Brady’s job but a change of pace or a boost to the run game.

    —————————————-

    Why would anyone want to take the ball out of the hands of the best player on the team? I really don’t get that notion. As if having Tim Tebow take three snaps a game REALLY makes a difference or “changes the pace”.

    I guess technically it does change the pace… from HOF caliber QB play to failed QB play.

  11. bigblue00 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:18 AM

    Does anyone rely expect him to tip his hand? Come on now…

  12. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 26, 2013 9:18 AM

    The more that comes out about Aaron Hernandez and the overlap with Tim Tebow’s signing, the more clear it is that the Pats signed him as a P.R. move. Remember, how their owner praised his faith just days later saying the Pats wanted guys like him on the team? Ironically, this superficial move by the Patriots may be just the opportunity Tebow needs to surprise us (his critics) and prove he can be a capable QB or other position player.

  13. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 26, 2013 9:18 AM

    However they decide to use him, or not, I am sure of one thing for absolute certainty. This team will be 10 x the team the jests are.

  14. evrybdyhas1 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:20 AM

    Could they use a tight end?

  15. skoobyfl says: Jul 26, 2013 9:24 AM

    He’ll be cut before camp ends.

  16. toddvenice says: Jul 26, 2013 9:29 AM

    Absolutely no doubt in my mind that Tim Tebow will not only make the Patriots’ 53 man roster, but that he will also prove to be one of their most valuable assets in seasons to come. I love reading the naysayers comments. They just don’t get it. If Tim Tebow has been consistent at ANYthing it is proving his critics wrong throughout his incredible career. Fasten you r seat belts because “The 2nd Coming of Tebow” is on the way. May not be THIS season, or even the next, but he’ll be developed properly like he deserves to be, and once that happens a pity the team who is pitted against him once he is unleashed.

  17. stevejjones says: Jul 26, 2013 9:30 AM

    I love that Belichick hates the media. We are same! Brothers!

  18. 2ruefan says: Jul 26, 2013 9:31 AM

    dgreenfi says: Jul 26, 2013 9:04 AM

    Rumor is he is practicing both as waterboy and towelboy until they figure out which plays more to his strengths.

    *************************************************

    Rumor is that dgreenfi probably works at McDonalds while the person he is mocking as not having any talent is both a college football hero and a professional football player with millions in endorsements…..

  19. reignjc says: Jul 26, 2013 9:35 AM

    I honestly see Buffalo beating the Pats in week 1

  20. bmobryce says: Jul 26, 2013 9:36 AM

    Once again, we can’t get away from talking about or asking questions about a 3rd stringer.

    Tim Tebow will not impact this Patriots team in any way. He is riding the bench behind of the greatest of all time and behind a solid backup QB, who could probably start on some lower tier teams.

    Who cares about serving the fringe Tebowmaniacs? They’re college football fans in a secular part of the nation.

    Tebowmania died at the end of his tenure with the Broncos and it needs to stay that way.

  21. shackdelrio says: Jul 26, 2013 9:48 AM

    I can’t wait until ESPN spends time every day in August breaking down Tebow’s preseason performances.

  22. bradwins says: Jul 26, 2013 9:49 AM

    In fairness, he always declines to say everything (Wednesday aside). I think it would be a mistake to read anything into it.

  23. dynaco says: Jul 26, 2013 9:59 AM

    Translation: BB (the coach, not the bail bondsman) doesn’t have a clue.
    He’ll be released mid season or sooner.
    Another failed experiment.

  24. teejayss says: Jul 26, 2013 10:03 AM

    coltswin!coltswin! I can say one thing with absolute certainty: the JETS completely tore the colts a new one last season, embarassing them off the field!! HAHA! worry about your team. colts LOL

  25. atxpatfan says: Jul 26, 2013 10:03 AM

    tennesseeoilers says:Jul 26, 2013 9:18 AM

    The more that comes out about Aaron Hernandez and the overlap with Tim Tebow’s signing, the more clear it is that the Pats signed him as a P.R. move. Remember, how their owner praised his faith just days later saying the Pats wanted guys like him on the team? Ironically, this superficial move by the Patriots may be just the opportunity Tebow needs to surprise us (his critics) and prove he can be a capable QB or other position player.
    —————————————————-

    Except they signed him before they ever even knew about Hernandez. So that pretty much pokes a giant hole right through your theory.

  26. ampats says: Jul 26, 2013 10:03 AM

    Some of these comments are hysterical.

    @tennesseoilers, so the Patriots signed Tim Tebow back in May because the Patriots knew Aaron Hernandez was going to murder someone in June ??????????????

  27. atxpatfan says: Jul 26, 2013 10:05 AM

    Tebow can contribute to the Patriots but not as a QB. If he’s on board with that…could be a good move by the Pats.

  28. melikefootball says: Jul 26, 2013 10:10 AM

    Another season and another year of Tebow. can we just admit he isn’t what everyone thinks he is.

  29. hookem6903 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:11 AM

    I think he’d be best used in a Danny Woodhead type of way.

  30. bradymancrush10 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:11 AM

    @flmike are you expecting the Dolphins to be good because they threw around a lot of money in the off season? Apparently they didn’t learn the lesson that the Jets haven’t learned yet….

  31. sillec28 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:14 AM

    Funny that so many seem to think Tebow is completely inept as a passing QB. Take a look at his Broncos numbers for 2011. Except for the completion % they’re pretty good for only 12 games, especially for a second-year QB who didn’t become the starter until the sixth game of the season, who didn’t play much his rookie year, and who got no training camp his second year because of the lockout. Not to mention that the Broncos didn’t have the world’s best receivers at the time. I don’t pretend that he’s an elite NFL QB but under the circumstances I think he showed enough to think that with more experience and commitment to him by a team he could be at least as good as the average NFL QB and maybe better.

  32. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:17 AM

    sbchampsagain says:

    What a useless answer.

    The probelm is, personalities like his rub people the wrong way.
    _______________________

    Awwwww did mean ol’ Bill hurt your feelings ?

    Guess what, his job is to win, not to make the media and people on nfl message boards feel all warm and fuzzy and like him.

    I suppose you think Apple should give Samsung and Nokia all their plans so those companies won’t be “rubbed the wrong way” when Apple comes out with a new product.

  33. spammerscrammer says: Jul 26, 2013 10:21 AM

    Whatever you think of Tebow (and frequently, I find him insufferable) he is a big strong guy with awesome football instincts.
    Unfortunately, it does not appear that his skill set is a good match for an NFL quarterback. This is particularly true for the very-complex Patriots offense.
    I would love to see him as some sort of half-back that has the option of throwing the football.
    Pats ran a lot more last year than they had in years past and this year with the balance of skill sets they have (more proven runners, less proven pass catchers) the trend will continue.
    I think a lot of people will be surprised to see how often Tebow will be on the field. Just don’t expect Belichick to tell you that now.

  34. edouble86 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:27 AM

    Finally, a Tebow story out of New England. Aaron Hernandez couldn’t hog all of the spotlight forever.

  35. henry53 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:27 AM

    Some crybaby fan of another franchise said;

    “The Pats arent that scary team they once used to be and might be in for rough year.”
    .
    Ask the Texans how scary the Pats were last year, champ. Pats gave them a severe beat-down TWICE!

  36. dwoofer says: Jul 26, 2013 10:30 AM

    All you haters of Tebow do not have to worry. Can’t you see that the plan by the NFL to appear to be giving Tebow a fair chance to QB on the Jets failed, and it became obvious what was going on?

    So now he is on the Patriots, a “good” organization, where he well get a “fair” chance, of course, as #3 behind a QB whom all of sports hails as a god himself.

    Yeah, the fix is in…again.

  37. waldoampere says: Jul 26, 2013 10:31 AM

    If only the Jets could have gotten one of their players to commit murder last off-season it might have taken the spotlight off Tebow and they might have won a couple more games.

  38. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jul 26, 2013 10:34 AM

    Tebow will play almost exclusively as the backup QB. He might be in for a couple trick plays over the course of the season, but I guarantee he won’t see much PT at TE or any other position.

  39. dlw492 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:39 AM

    Tebow will help the Pats win at least 2-3 games, and he’ll be on the roster for years to come..

  40. marty2020 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:40 AM

    doomsdaydefensetx says: Jul 26, 2013 9:06 AM

    “I would like to see Tebow used the same way 49ers integrated Kaepernick while Alex Smith was the starter. Obviously not to take Brady’s job but a change of pace or a boost to the run game.”

    See, this is the problem. A change of pace from TOM BRADY??? You really want to pull Tom Brady for a “change of pace”?

  41. qdog112 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:43 AM

    The circus comes to Boston.It’s gonna be fun when Tom Terrific throws a couple to the wrong shirts and the whisper begins to play Tebow.

    Get your popcorn ready. Tom, who has a thin skin, is not gonna like being the #2 most popular QB.

  42. therealtrenches says: Jul 26, 2013 10:49 AM

    All outward appearances suggest that this team is officially a mess.

    But don’t be surprised if they continue to have success.

    If there’s anyone who can sort it all out and keep the players focused on doing their jobs, it’s BB.

  43. tedmurph says: Jul 26, 2013 10:52 AM

    Someone may dismantle the Pats, but it’s not gonna be Miami or Buffalo. The real story should be who’s Tebow gonna play for next, because he ain’t makin this team.

  44. citizenstrange says: Jul 26, 2013 10:52 AM

    I see BB using Tewbow in a Mike Vrabel type of role.

  45. footballfan58 says: Jul 26, 2013 11:08 AM

    I’ve actually come to love reading all the comments from naysayers about the Pat’s. It shows how intimidating New England continues to be to other teams fans. Keep up the good work!

  46. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jul 26, 2013 11:15 AM

    I’d love to see a two qb system.

  47. truths4all says: Jul 26, 2013 11:24 AM

    This situation really kills all joy for Tebow Haters. First, Belichick could care less about their hatred for Tebow and he will tell them to take multiple jumps at rolling donuts (meaning fckoff).

    Next, Belichick is likely to play Tebow at QB, TE, RB, Slot Receiver, H-back, LB, waterboy or towelboy (even the Players Union will have to step in to stop that), or weak safety.

    Lastly, as long as Tebow Haters keep voicing their eternal hope that Belichick will cut Tebow, those type of wishful predictions only play into Belichick’s contrarian point of view which means he will probably keep Tebow to prove you ankle biters wrong. Now, THAT would be funny because that means Tebow might have the chance to win another game in the NFL!!!

  48. j0esixpack says: Jul 26, 2013 11:28 AM

    For as much flack as Tebow gets from the haters, the reality is that Defenses MUST account for him when he’s on the field.

    Even if he doesn’t touch the ball on a given play he’s going to help open up the rest of the field for others.

    He’s not an every down player but if he can play his way onto the team and if used wisely (something Wrecks Ryan could never do) it can cause problems for a Defense.

    What’s interesting is that despite what Belichick and Tebow said when he was signed (that he was in NE to play QB and only QB), Tebow is willing to play other positions, and it looks like Belichick is willing to let him.

  49. bmobryce says: Jul 26, 2013 11:41 AM

    truths4all,

    Just because people know how Tebow really is as a player, doesn’t make them haters.

    It just makes them right.

  50. sactogary says: Jul 26, 2013 11:47 AM

    jwcarlson says:Jul 26, 2013 9:18 AM

    Why would anyone want to take the ball out of the hands of the best player on the team? I really don’t get that notion….
    ————————————————-
    Last year, Belichick took the ball out of Brady’s hands 500 times. They’re call running plays. The last time Tebow got playing time, he averaged 5.4 yards per carry. If he can improve his completion percentage a bit (from 5 of 10, to 6 of 10), he’ll be a much better weapon than the average backup.

  51. whiningpatriotfans says: Jul 26, 2013 11:49 AM

    Cheaters never win (after they’re caught), and winners never cheat (unless you can get away with it for 3 SBs).

  52. CKL says: Jul 26, 2013 12:44 PM

    qdog112 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:43 AM

    The circus comes to Boston.It’s gonna be fun when Tom Terrific throws a couple to the wrong shirts and the whisper begins to play Tebow.

    Get your popcorn ready. Tom, who has a thin skin, is not gonna like being the #2 most popular QB.
    ___________________________________
    That was one of the funniest things I’ve read here in awhile, thanks dude!
    You were trying to be funny, right?

  53. tootitan says: Jul 26, 2013 12:46 PM

    Whoa! Is it maybe even a little bit possible that back when Bellichick and Kraft signed Tebow, they already knew they were in deep doo-doo with Hernandez?

    Could two of the ‘most brilliant minds in the NFL’, conjure up a plot so devious, so cold and calculating, so Machiavellian? Bringing the Tebow circus to New England (a move no one could figure out at the time) because they already knew there was a good chance they’d be in need of a proven distraction when the s**t h*t the fan?

    Just sayin’. But if I had to vote for somebody in the league who would have the arrogance, the smarts, the nerve and the disregard for consequences (not to mention a stunningly cold and impersonal policy of the betrayal of players’ well-being and trust) to do such a thing, my money would be on BB.

  54. therealtrenches says: Jul 26, 2013 12:52 PM

    truths4all says:

    “…as long as Tebow Haters keep voicing their eternal hope that Belichick will cut Tebow, those type of wishful predictions only play into Belichick’s contrarian point of view which means he will probably keep Tebow to prove you ankle biters wrong. Now, THAT would be funny.”

    ———-

    The idea that BB would keep Tebow just to spite the Tebow haters is about as moronic as it gets.

  55. sactogary says: Jul 26, 2013 1:08 PM

    tootitan says:Jul 26, 2013 12:46 PM

    Whoa! Is it maybe even a little bit possible that back when Bellichick and Kraft signed Tebow, they already knew they were in deep doo-doo with Hernandez?
    ——————————————
    You’re suggesting they knew AH was going to (allegedly) kill someone on June 18 when they signed Tebow on June 10? Wow, these guys are amazing!

  56. jaydeejazzyjeff says: Jul 26, 2013 2:17 PM

    Tebow to TE. Recent events make it clear that Belichick needs some depth there. Injury and murder at that position make it awfully thin.

  57. rcali says: Jul 26, 2013 4:39 PM

    Tebow questions all year long Billy!

  58. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 26, 2013 4:47 PM

    “I think we’ll use Tim where ever we feel like is best for the team,” Belichick said. “ whatever that is.”

    …and therein lies the problem, Bill.

  59. dynaco says: Jul 27, 2013 1:15 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    Jul 26, 2013 11:28 AM
    For as much flack as Tebow gets from the haters, the reality is that Defenses MUST account for him when he’s on the field.

    ==================================
    When Tebow is on the field there will be more fear on the offensive side of the ball than on the defensive side.

  60. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2013 11:42 PM

    Tebow can do it ALL. Some people wear superman pajamas. Superman wears Tebow pajamas.

    Go Tebow!

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