Four weeks ago, Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports reported that Patriots coach Bill Belichick “hates” free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow as a player. Belichick said nothing about it at the time.
Or at any point in the four weeks since the report surfaced.
But now, nearly a month later, the media-reluctant Belichick has taken a shot at the member of the media who made the report, by talking to the media.
“I wouldn’t get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent,” Belichick told Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com. “Every single player has strengths and weaknesses but regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible. It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported.”
Yates then goes all in on the notion that Belichick is being truthful and accurate, saying it’s now “clear that Belichick’s feelings toward the player aren’t what many were led to believe they were earlier this offseason.”
Field, nothing is ever “clear,” with Belichick or any NFL coach. They often say what they want to say and/or what they think they need to say in deference to strategic considerations or relationships. In Belichick’s case, it’s entirely possible that his good friend, former Florida coach Urban Meyer, asked Belichick to neutralize the lingering perception that one of the greatest coaches in football has no use or regard for Meyer’s top pupil in Gainesville.
While it’s impossible to know what the truth is, our point is that no one should swallow the hook on this one — including the guy who somehow got Belichick to talk under circumstances when it wasn’t mandated by the NFL that he do so.