Tim Tebow: Bill Belichick won’t talk about Tebowing…or much else

June 11, 2013

Bill Belichick moved his lips but said so very little. (Brian Snyder / Reuters)

So many questions for Bill Belichick…so few answers.

Belichick and Tebow after the 2012 playoff game. (Charles Krupa / AP)
Belichick and Tebow after the 2012 playoff game. (Charles Krupa / AP)

This morning, the New England Patriots coach addressed the media for the first time since the team added quarterback Tim Tebow to the roster and Belichick dodged, ducked, dipped, dived and … dodged.

Belichick refused to divulge the reaction of Tebow’s camp when it received the call from the Patriots. He refused to say how Tebow will be used. But there was one thing he was crystal clear about: the media (including, for some reason, CNN) may have flocked to Foxborough, but there’ll be no circus. In Belichick’s scheme of things, no one is bigger than the team.

“We’ve been in front of bigger crowds than this before.”

Oof.

As for Tebowing, Belichick took that as his cue to change the subject. “I think we’ve talked enough about him. We’ll see how he does and we’ll go from there.”


(Reuters)

Another reporter took a run at trying to resolve whether Tebow’s Tebowing propensity might be curbed.

“Yeah, I think I’ve covered it. Anything else?”

A few other snippets on the guy who will wear No. 5…

On why Tebow was signed (a two-year deal that isn’t guaranteed): “Anything we do is what we think is in the best interest of the team. Tim’s a talented player who’s smart and works hard. So … we’ll see how it goes.”

On whether the attendant attention Tebow brings was any consideration: “None. We try to do what’s best for the team.”

 

On how Tebow will be used: “We’re going to do what we think is best for our football team.” Perhaps on special teams? “We’ll see. I don’t know.”

On whether he had talked with Urban Meyer, Tebow’s coach at Florida and a friend of Belichick’s: “Nope.”

On how long it will take Tebow to learn the system: “You can do the math. I don’t know.”

On shooting down the report that he hated Tebow: “I don’t have anything to add .”

Belichick’s offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, traded up to take Tebow in the first round of the NFL draft when he was coach of the Denver Broncos. Belichick was asked if their shared past might help Tebow: “I don’t know.”

Rex Ryan, the New York Jets coach who released Tebow, was a little more open. “If they want to replace [Tom] Brady with him, that’s fine.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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