Posted May 09, 2013

Report: Bill Belichick ‘hates’ Tim Tebow as an NFL player

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The media circus surrounding Tim Tebow's brief NFL career is a detractor to many teams. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The media circus and scrutiny surrounding Tim Tebow’s brief NFL career remains a detractor to many prospective teams. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow’s future as an NFL quarterback has been a hotly debated topic since his freshman season at Florida. Three years after Tebow was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos and nine days after the New York Jets placed him on waivers, the former Heisman Trophy winner finds himself without an NFL job.

Sports television network execs may be waiting to pounce on the world’s most influential athlete according to Forbes, but are there ANY teams still considering taking a chance on Tebow behind center?

Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports reports the same hype and media circus that makes Tebow attractive for ratings and sponsors is likely keeping him out of most NFL camps. Some of the chatter Silver dissects includes a Patriots source saying the team is unlikely to sign Tebow because Coach Bill Belichick “hates” him as a player. The Patriots, with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels — the former Broncos coach who drafted Tebow — have been linked to Tebow as a possible destination. But the Patriots’ source said the team won’t take a chance on Tebow as a situational player because “they wouldn’t like the circus that comes with it.”

PHOTOS: Classic shots of Tebow through the years

Circus seems to be a familiar thread that NFL executives fear when considering adding Tebow to their roster — even if it’s of no fault of his own. He’s a proven leader, but his poor mechanics, footwork, throwing motion and lack of accuracy appear to be too much of a gamble when combined with the media and fan frenzy that have followed his NFL career in Denver and New York.

Silver reports:

“He seems like a great guy to have on a team, and I’d be tempted to bring him in as our backup,” one NFC head coach said  Wednesday. “But it’s just not worth dealing with all the stuff that comes with it.”

In a business in which coaches and general managers strive to avoid distractions, Tebow, as one NFC offensive coordinator told me last spring, carries more of a stigma than Terrell Owens.

Or, in the words of one AFC head coach to whom I spoke recently: “You don’t want to put up with the circus.”


312 comments
TheSteelGeneral
TheSteelGeneral

Tebow just gets a pass cos he's a marketing tool for Christ (who hated business, btw)

TheSteelGeneral
TheSteelGeneral

I mean, you just don't know. Tebow might just stop in the middle of the game, and start praying or something. Or, he might start proselytising in the locker room ... for the Teabaggers. Plus, he's not that good.

GP1
GP1

He could be a perennial all-pro at TE.

matt37
matt37

Excuses for why Tebow doesn't have a job in the NFL right now:  1)  The NFL hates Christians (Apparently, the NFL only hates ONE.  Jason Whitten was the Walter Payton Man of the Year the last 2 years in a row, and he's a born again Christian.)  2)  The NFL would rather sign rapists, dog killers and woman beaters than a moral upstanding young man. (Except that the majority of the NFL players are moral upstanding young men.)  3)  The media created this circus around him and it scares teams off (When's the last time the media reported a story that no one was interested in.  For 4 years.  And when is the last time Tebow said "you know, I'm a 3rd string QB and I need to focus on my game and my team, so I won't be giving anymore interviews of press conferences.)  4)  Tebow is this year working on his throwing and is now ready to play (No NFL team is interested in a 4th year QB who completes 45% of his passes).  5)  Finally, all Tebow does is WIN!  (Except he doesn't just "win".  His last 5 games were historically bad-look it up.  He gets all the credit for that Steelers game like Dilfer gets all the credit for the first Ravens Super Bowl.)  6) He hasn't had a real chance yet.  (I guess being on an NFL roster, and practicing, and offseason activities etc. for 3 years isn't a "chance"?  Why does he get more "chance" than any other player?)  7)  32 teams are all working in collusion for one of the above reason to keep an admittedly hard working, upstanding, great teammate, role model out of work.I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty of excuses.....any others I missed?

6marK6
6marK6

Coaches and GMs are all about winning, it is the only thing that matters, they get fired if they don't do it. So don't you think he would have a team right now if anybody thought he would help them win? This is not a conspiracy, experts do not think he is a consistent performer. And some of you that are singing his praises have a pretty selective memory, he looked awful in many games when he played.

alandry73
alandry73

they said the same about Flutie and Jeremy Lin.  Scouts need to leave the hotel bar and mingle in the real world.  Tebow can play and will prove everyone wrong..maybe it will be to take a cellar dweller to a wildcard..but he will play.

Charlie P
Charlie P

Sure, everyone wants a QB who has an accurate, rocket arm with a quick over-the-top release, but do you really want someone who knows how to win or someone who looks pretty throwing the ball?  I'd say any young QB with a 7-4 record as starter and a playoff win only two years ago, after hardly given a chance last year, deserves a shot to show what he is made of over the stiffs like Derek Anderson, John Skelton or Brady Quinn that I can think of right now.  It's safe to say Tebow's employment status in NFL has NOTHING to do with his football skills.

Photonsaway
Photonsaway

So, we have a "good kid" with a work ethic, a sense of morality( which means he isn't a serial rapist, dog-fighter, or drug-dealer), nor does he have 11 "love-children" with the associated lawsuits. At 240, you have an extra running threat in the backfield that actually could be taught to throw, if someone would take the time. I bet this guy wouldn't even demand top dollar, special perks, and would be grateful for the job. He would also be a positive influence on your team.(I am not a christian, so disclaimer here) . This young man has great potential, but is being shunned for his beliefs. 

NFL coaches and owners are a bunch of cowards.

 

redshirt1
redshirt1

He has never had a chance to prove himself.  Many a great college quarterback has 3-4 years developing in the pros before reaching their peak performance.  Tebow's season with the Jets was a complete joke.  When the starter faltered, instead of putting Tebow in, the assinine coach went to the third string quarterback, and he, of course, fell flat on his face repeatedly in the last few games--and not once was Tebow allowed to play. Want my opinion?  Probably not, but I'll say it anyway.  Tebow is an outspoken Christian and in this age of persecution of Christians, he will suffer the shunning that the secular world heaps on Christians.  This garbage about "footwork" and "mechanics" is a sham and a joke.

fedupnlf
fedupnlf

I love all this stink about footwork and his throwing has bad form. You do no not have to  be perfict to be good but you can still be great when your form is so called bad.

Arnold Palmer one of the worst golf swings ever but one of the sports greates players ever. Give the guy a chance to really play. Oh and blame the jets for the media circus.

mbiggsat
mbiggsat

If Tim has fixed his mechanics & footwork the Bears could sure use him as a backup.

rapchef2
rapchef2

Yeah, don't put up with the circus when you're dealing with a moral, upstanding guy.  But the NFL doesn't seem to have a problem with the circus when it's regarding drug scandals, womanizing, rape, drunk driving, and dog fights.  Those kind of circuses are acceptable to deal with.

gatorhator
gatorhator

Tim will be ok whatever happens...Jacksonville should pick him up...he can play football for sure and would sure help ticket sales and tv ratings. If not he will be ok. He doesn't need football, it's just a part of his life.  Go Vols...Gators suck

ddokken69
ddokken69

Who really gives a rats A%$ what Bill Belichick cares about Tim Tebow?? Bill is nothing but a butt kissing suck up to the big wigs at New England and all the Tom Brady blowhards!!

BradH1
BradH1

Mike Silver's Article announced that TEBOW had been working on his throwing mechanics and footwork with 2 former NFL quarterbacks including Vinny Testaverde who have conclued TEBOW's problems were due to back footwork WHICH HAS BEEN CORRECTED AND TEBOW IS THROWING EFFORTLESSLY WITH POWER.  As the 2013 season progresses TEBOW will keep himself in top shape and he will be ready when one or more NFL quarterbacks go down and the backups fail.  I see another Kurt Warner in the making here.

JeffreyEverhart
JeffreyEverhart

Yes, Tebow wears his faith on his sleeve.  Didn't Ocho, Terrell, Boswell, and McMahann  wear their antics on their sleeves?  What is the difference between them and Tebow?  The first guess doesn't count.  The fact is Tebow took the Broncos to the Playoffs and they beat the Steelers in the first round.  Whatever happens, Tebow will be alright on the speech circuit and in the evangelical christian economy.  There is a compelling story here as well.

ginterparkguy
ginterparkguy

Tebow DID create his own "media circus" - no other way around that ? b/c anyone that paints bible verses on his face...c'mon now...you are ASKING for attention.  There is no way he will play at the professional level as a starting quarterback - he doesn't have the arm or speed (as noted by others) to play at the NFL level - end of story.  Now...if only the "Christians" had their OWN football league..now he could play their...and OWN (oprah) could broadcast it !!!...she needs the ratings b/c only women watch that crap anyways !

timisimaginary
timisimaginary

Tebow's fans are his own worst enemy. if a team could sign Tebow as a backup or reserve, put him on the practice squad and spend a few years developing his mechanics and teaching him to play the game at the NFL level, they would. but Tebow's fans won't let that happen. whatever city he signs with, his fans will demand he be the starting QB from day one, and they'll take out ads, put up billboards, carry signs to the games, post all over the internet, and basically cry and moan until they get their way. no team wants to deal with that distraction. it has nothing to do with his faith or his beliefs; it's his FANS. and most of these people aren't even fans of the team he plays for. they're Tebow fans and all they care about is Tebow, not what's best for the team, and the teams know that. it has no more to do with a bias against christianity than Ayanbadejo's and Kluwe's releases did with bias against gay marriage supporters. it's because teams don't want anything that distracts their teams or brings undesired attention, regardless of what the issue or belief in question is.

 

the sad thing is, all these fans don't even realize that they're the biggest reason Tebow can't get an NFL job. the more hysterical and silly their demands get, the less teams want to have anything to do with him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JohnTrout
JohnTrout

The bottom line is, no cares a fig whether Tebow is a devout Christian Muslim, atheist, or a zen monk. If Tebow could play his position on a pro level, the “circus” wouldn't matter. Tebow is a fine football player without a defined  position; he willed himself to be  decent college player by hard work. Pro ball is faster, more exacting, and more specialized, and Tebow has really no place.

rAudiOne
rAudiOne

So no team wants Tebow because of the circus that follows him; even though it's not of Tebow's doing but rather from the media lapdogs. BUT, no team has issues with the circuses that MANY players create themselves by earning DUIs, fathering illegitimate children, crashing expensive cars, checking into rehab, beating their wifes or coming out gay. No-sir-ee Bob..those aren't circuses to fret about..that's GOOD PR! I hope Tebow could break bend his principles just ONE time and flip them all the bird.

matt37
matt37

 @GP1 No way.  You think he's going to step in and be better than Antonio Gates (when healthy), Jason Witten, Vernon Davis, etc.?

matt37
matt37

 @6marK6 I honestly think he might be a backup or 3rd stringer somewhere, but his fans (you'll see many of them here) make signing Tebow a losing proposition.  TO and Ocho brought the circus to town, but teams put up with it.....while they performed.  As soon as their skills diminished, no team wanted to deal with their antics.  Risk vs Reward.  Tebow is not worth it.

6marK6
6marK6

 @alandry73 Right, and Flutie sucked and Lin comes off the Rockets bench. What was your point?

matt37
matt37

 @Charlie P Last 5 games:  1-4.  42% completion percentage.  7 total TDs.  12 turnovers.  6-22 vs the Chiefs.  Embarrassed by the Patriots 2x (don't forget-the Pats pass defense was historically bad.  Matt Moore and Rex Grossman torched them).  Embarrassed by the Bills.  Less than 50% passing in the Steelers game.  3-10 on 3rd down.  Abysmal in the red zone.  Why is it so hard to conceive that the entire NFL looked at that + the Tebow circus and realized Tebow isn't worth a potential 3rd string QB spot?  Only the Tebowmaniacs think there's a conspiracy.

matt37
matt37

 @Photonsaway Just what an NFL team wants to do-sign a QB going into his 4th season and teach him how to THROW.  Hey, maybe they could sign a 7th year RB and teach him how to RUN.  And who cares if he's a great kid (he is)-the NFL is full of good young men......who can play.  Google Jason Whitten for a great example.

matt37
matt37

 @redshirt1 Take 30 seconds and Google Jason Whitten and Walter Payton Man of the Year.  Open your eyes and realize that there are hundreds of PRODUCTIVE Christian players in the NFL.  Where is their persecution?  Did 32 owners get together and decide that he is the one Christian they don't like?  Now imagine you're an NFL owner.  Would you sign a potential 3rd string QB knowing that a bunch of fundamentalists are going to put up billboards and picket your stadium if you don't start him?  The Tebowmaniacs are the final nail in Tebow's coffin.

matt37
matt37

 @fedupnlf But you can't be good when you complete 45% of your passes.  And 3 years on an NFL roster is more of a "chance" than most guys get.  And when did you ever hear Tebow say "you know, I'm the 3rd string qb and I can't sniff the field-I won't be doing any more interviews of press conferences."

matt37
matt37

 @rapchef2 When's the last time TO or OchoChinco's tired act was acceptable?  Oh yeah, the last time they could play.  In the meantime, there are hundreds of moral, upstanding guys that CAN play at the NFL level-those are the guys that get the privilege of playing in the NFL.

matt37
matt37

 @gatorhator Then why don't the pick him up?  Must be some reason preventing it....Otherwise, I agree.  He's got a full life ahead of him, with or without the NFL.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

 @BradH1 I guess if you were an NFL GM that opinion would matter, wouldn't it? What the GMs see is a marginally talented guy who won't help their team. They're not all wrong.

matt37
matt37

 @JeffreyEverhart The difference?  32 teams have no interest in Tebow.  We could debate as to why and there are varied reasons,  But at the end of the day, that's the reason.  PS:  TO and Ocho's antics used to be tolerated by teams......when they could produce.  Funny, no teams are willing to put up with their antics now huh?

ginterparkguy
ginterparkguy

 @timisimaginary

 fans have NOTHING to do with Tebow's current state of "unemployment in the NFL" - teams would LOVE the attention IF he could play at the pro level...he can't...teams aren't going to waste money on a "Christian" 3rd string backup QB ...well...maybe Snyder of the Skins b/c he is so willing to put up big bucks on unproven players

RickDesper
RickDesper

 @rAudiOne 

 

If Tebow could play QB at an NFL level, teams would put him with the circus.  But given that he's at best a medicore backup, teams don't want to deal with the noise.  

I'd be very happy if Tebow flipped the bird to anybody.  Maybe his fans would start giving him the attention he deserves: much less.

rckymtn4
rckymtn4

 @rAudiOne I lived through the Tebow circus here in Denver. The media laps it up only because of his legion of rabid, don't tell me Tebow isn't the greatest quarterback ever fans and the equally rabid, Tebow is the worst ever detractors.. To his fans every success is due to Tebow and every failure is due to someone else and just the opposite for his detractors. I may be coming off as harsh, I personally like Tebow, but to have him on your team is to lose control of your team.

topscientist
topscientist

 @rAudiOne It's absolutely his doing. He's been doing his look-at-me-I'm-holier-than-thou act since he was painting bible verses on his face in college. THAT'S WHAT THE CIRCUS IS. The difference between Tebow and the other circus acts is that some of those other clowns can actually play the game.

redshirt1
redshirt1

 @matt37 Read what I said, "outspoken Christian".  Also read what I said about the 3-4 years of seasoning.  He's never been given that chance--and, as I said, his season with the yokels on the never-say-win Jets was a joke.  What's wrong, sir, with a "bunch of fundamentalists" with signs.  You object to Tebow or Christians?

matt37
matt37

 @JasonMacBride  @BradH1 When you're a first round QB going into your FOURTH NFL season and your main problem is............THROWING......you probably don't have a future at QB. 

DCMongrel
DCMongrel

 @ginterparkguy  Consider Tebow's stats as a Bronco against the Steelers in the playoffs and tell me Tebow can't perform at the NFL level. Don't be so ignorant.

seminole1098
seminole1098

He can play at an nfl level he proved that in Denver. Maybe not a starter hut he can play. He is a lot better than the Leftwhich, Charlie batch, David Carr, Sanchez and so on. Bet yet they still play and have for years. Why would he change who he is to appease anyone, doing that only shows signs of weakness.

Whatever
Whatever

 @rckymtn4  @rAudiOne I like Tebow, but I also saw him against Kansas City in Denver. He missed wide open receivers by 8-10 yards, and his passes were short, long, left, right, anything but on target. Something that isn't as apparent on TV because of the 2D and the angle is just how badly he misses.

 

The guy has great leadership qualities and intangibles, but he simply isn't an NFL QB. I would like to see him finally admit that and try to catch on with a team in a different position, something like how Hernandez is used by New England as a TE, sometimes in the backfield, receiving screens, etc. I think Tebow could be highly effective and a difficult matchup in such a position, but QB is simply out of the question.

seminole1098
seminole1098

Again it's not his doing. I agree with rAudione it's the media's fault for this circus that follows him. How does painting bible verses make you hollier than though, that's who he is. He doesn't shove in your face, he doesn't get on an interview and talk about hell, fire and brimstone. He is a man of faith and actually good morals that doesn't fit in the typical norm of an nfl player. Because he actually is a decent human being.

fothgt
fothgt

 @redshirt1  @matt37 Many players are Christian, but they aint TimTebow, 2 time NCAA BCS champion, playing in those big games, with Scripture references, backing it up both on and off the field. When Tim went to be recruited by Florida, Brandon Spikes said "wherever this guy is going, so am I." Now that is respect. While at Florida when out, his teammates would protect him from those they thought would take advantage of him. Now that is respect.  And he won big games in big spots and everybody did not know what to do with this guy because he wasn't the usual shacking up, knocking up his college coaches daughter, hanging out at the strip club, getting drunk and arrested and that being covered up by the college rich boosters! Even the NFL announcers (you could here it in their tone) liked Tebow, not of course for his play, but for his life as a young man. So what have many done, tore his game down to the bone. I pray he makes a team, polishes his game and leads a team to the Super Bowl championship with right after he receives the MVP trophy, he immediately disappears with billions of others in the rapture! Yeah!

matt37
matt37

 @redshirt1  You're kidding right?  You ever heard of Ray Lewis?  That guy was caught up in a MURDER trial and is at least as "outspoken" as Tebow, and he was one of the faces of the NFL.  Your conspiracy theory holds no weight.  Secondly, the NFL is about one thing-winning.  Teams will put up with distractions and the circus that some players bring-if they produce.  TO, Ocho Cinco etc.  Those guys had NO problems getting a job.....when they could play.  The second their skills fell off, no team was interested in them.  Same thing with Tebow-regardless of what his circus is, teams don't want to deal with it.  And if I owned a team, or any other business for that matter, yeah, I would object to any group picketing my business with signs.  In this case they're Christians.  PS:  Remember Reggie White?  Remember Kurt Warner?  Remember Tony Dungy?  Etc. Etc. Etc.

matt37
matt37

 @DCMongrel  @ginterparkguy Consider his stats against the Chiefs, the Bills, the Pats twice.....and on and on.  Consider his stats for the whole year.  And take 25 seconds and Google his stats for that Steelers game.  Hint:  His stats were awful for that game.

Whatever
Whatever

 @seminole1098 His QB ability is also very apparent when the Jets skipped over Tebow and went to McElroy when they benched Sanchez last year.

Whatever
Whatever

 @seminole1098 No, in Denver he proved that he can't play as an NFL QB because he can't be accurate. A team has to totally revamp its offense to be much more of a running attack with him at QB, and the danger of an interception is huge due to his inaccuracy. He succeeded in Denver because the rest of the team was very good around him and Denver changed its offense to something the NFL was not used to, not because he lifted the team to new heights. As was apparent as the season went on, teams were catching on shutting Tebow down, forcing him to throw (see Kansas City game in Denver), which he could not do consistently.

matt37
matt37

@fothgt @matt37 @Whatever @rckymtn4 @rAudiOne Yeah, don't bring your sky wizard into my football and I won't play catch in your church.  I won't pretend to know religion, but I fear you and your ilk will continue to push your beliefs on those who don't desire it. 

In the meantime, what I DO know is that while an upstanding young man, Tebow is not an NFL caliber QB.

fothgt
fothgt

 @matt37  @Whatever  @rckymtn4  @rAudiOne Fundamentalist wackos are people who have been paying thousands of dollars for a sport that in reality gives nothing back in return! But as for the term FUNDAMENTALIST, you do not even know what it means. In Christian circles a fundamentalist is one who believes that Bible is Gods Word, but does not speak audibly to His people today. In other Christian circles, the Bible is Gods Word, but He speaks not only by Scripture, but by the role of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of those who believe. Many do not understand the difference and also many just don't care. They love football more than they love God. We want Tebow to succeed on the football field as a player, share his faith, and live a  holy Christian life being free from the pressure to commit sexual immorality which is a sign of a  Christ rejecting culture. If Tim does not play football, there are still billions of people, who do not care about American football anyway, but need the gospel for forgiveness of sins/eternal life. I pray Tim continues to lift up the name of Jesus which brings salvation to all who believe (Romans 1:16). . 

rckymtn4
rckymtn4

 @Whatever  @rckymtn4  @rAudiOne

 Unfortunately many successful college quarterbacks seem wedded to the idea of playing quarterback in the NFL or nothing. The Broncos had a quarterback name Bradley Van Pelt who was probably better than Tebow as a quarterback but would have been an outstanding power rusher or maybe linebacker. His father, Brad Van Pelt played for many years with the Giants. It appeared he was finally going to get his chance but then the Broncos drafted Jay Cutler and that was the end of Van Pelt.

matt37
matt37

 @Whatever  @rckymtn4  @rAudiOne How many performances like the one in KC does a team (or league) need to see before they decide a guy isn't worth the circus that follows him?  That day he was 6-22 for 60 yards.  Versus the CHIEFS!  Just what I want:  30,000 Tebowmaniac Fundamentaist Wackos pocketing my stadium for this guy  to start.And for all those who blame the media.....the media does stink.  But guess what?  The media only reports what the people watch/listen to.

matt37
matt37

 @ZombieGirraffe  @seminole1098 I love the folks that blame the media.  When's the last time the media spent 2 years running a story that no one followed?  Approximately never.

ZombieGirraffe
ZombieGirraffe

 @seminole1098 He doesn't shove it in your face, but  he literally paints it on his, which is about the same thing.  If some muslim player painted "Allahu Akbar" on his face for games, or some athiest player painted "Your gods are all make-believe." on his face, then started all their interviews with "Praise Mohammed" and "Kneel before the flying spaghetti monster!" they'd be creating the same circuis that Tebow creates through his actions.  The guy can't get through a sentence without thanking Jesus for giving him the strength  to thank Jesus some more, and he can't cut it as as a starting NFL quarterback, which is why he's not worth the distraction to have on a team.