Belichick: Tebow signing in team's best interest
June 11, 2013, 11:00 am
FOXBORO -- "Anything we do, we feel is in the best interest of the team."
As if Bill Belichick would have said anything else.
The Patriots head coach took the podium Tuesday and talked about mini-camp. He talked about OTA's and the continued progression of his football team. He talked about this day's particular kink in the plan being the inclement weather blowing around Gillette Stadium's practice field.
But all anyone wanted to talk about was Tim Tebow.
The media tornado touched down some 12 hours after New England reportedly signed the quarterback. Then came the questions.
Surely, he won't take snaps from Tom Brady, so what position would he play?
"We'll do what's best for our football team," Belichick said. "I don't know. We'll see."
What is there to like about a guy with a completion percentage of 47?
"He's a talented guy, he's smart, he works hard."'
How do you deal with all the fanfare and celebrity that comes with Tebow?
"In all honesty, we've been in front of bigger crowds than this before," the coach retorted.
Wherever Tebow has gone, the circus has followed. The 25-year old remains perhaps the most polarizing figure in sports -- and this when many thought he had "no prayer" of being hired in the NFL only one month ago. Still, with the Big Top was set up at Gillette, as cameras rolled, Tweets shot out in a flurry, and a political reporter from New Hampshire elbowed his way into the Q&A, Belichick stood stolid.
"I have a lot of respect for Tim," he said. And that was that. "I don't have anything to add."