Bill Belichick makes the personnel decisions in New England, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft has complete trust in his coach. But Kraft sure sounds like he wishes Belichick had found a spot on the 53-man roster for Tim Tebow.
Kraft said on CBS This Morning that he was really hoping Tebow would make the team.
“I love Tim Tebow and I very much wanted him on the team,” Kraft said.
Still, Kraft understands that Tom Brady is the starter, Ryan Mallett is the backup and there just wasn’t room for Tebow on the Patriots’ 53-man roster.
“If you look at four of the last five years, we’ve only carried two quarterbacks,” Kraft said. “And when cut-down time comes, you need those last three or four positions for depth, and we happen to have, I think, the finest quarterback in the history of the game, and he’s not going off the field except by injury. We have a great second-string quarterback. When he came in, he came in as the third quarterback and we were all rooting for him. Life takes funny turns, so no one knows what’s going to happen in the future, but whatever he does I know he’s going to be a great success off the field and I’m rooting for him to get his opportunity on the field as well.”
It’s quite likely that Tebow won’t get another opportunity on the field. Playing for the Patriots may have been Tebow’s last shot, and although Kraft loved Tebow, Belichick decided that he wasn’t good enough.