FOXBORO -- New England has carried only two quarterbacks on the roster for four of the last five years. Never has that fact been so interesting as before the 2013 season, when Tim Tebow was axed on Saturday's cutdown day.
Some analysts saw the popular personality making the team, perhaps as a fullback or tight end. Others, noting Tebow's staunch wish to play QB, figured the Patriots not charitable enough to take on a project.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't complicate the decision in retrospect.
"We thought it was the best decision to make for the team," he said. "There are a million things that go into every decision, personnel decision. There are a lot of things that play off one another. In the end, we did what we thought was best for the team, at every position, every one."
When asked about Tebow later returning to the roster, Belichick didn't deny the possibility.
"I don’t know what’s going to happen during the year. Certainly we’ve had a lot of players that have left here and come back here. I don’t think that would be anything -- that’s already happened multiple times this year."