Posted June 06, 2013

Bill Belichick: I don’t hate Tim Tebow

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he doesn't "hate" Tim Tebow. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he doesn’t “hate” Tim Tebow. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick disputed a recent report that claimed he “hates” Tim Tebow, calling it “completely untrue.”

“I wouldn’t get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent. 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,” Belichick told ESPNBoston.com’s Field Yates. “It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported.”

In early May, Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver reported, citing “organizational sources,” that Belichick “hates” Tebow as a player. Silver’s report detailed how Tebow’s search for a new team has been derailed, in part, by the media circus that has followed him throughout his NFL career.

Tebow is currently a free agent after being released by the New York Jets in late April.

When Tebow was released, speculation of a possible landing spot included New England because of Tebow’s ties with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. As head coach of the Denver Broncos, McDaniels selected Tebow with the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.


42 comments
Isabella1709
Isabella1709

Reading some of the Tibow haters comments I am wondering about the maturity level here. You must believe you are qualified to judge the competence of all football players & coaches, and by God you'll stick to that no matter what.  Tibow will be an asset to any team if the management and coaches know how to exploit the talent he has. No doubt he will get good training with the Patriots, especially with McDaniel there as he managed to bring out the best in Tim on the field in Denver, despite Elway's dislike of his "style". 

PhillippeParadis
PhillippeParadis

What a bunch of crap. Belichick has been pounding on Tebow critically for years, has earned his own reputation through the process in front of the entire world and now, suddenly, that "is not the way (he) feel(s)"?  What a joke. Before at least he had his reasons regardless of whether you agreed with him. Now he has lost all credibility. Mediocre analysts before. Crappy analyst now. There are much more qualified people in the field. Lets give them a shot.

Handyman1504
Handyman1504

Well, the Pats are signing him regardless of all arguments here by the most speculative of all!  Go Tebow, sell more tickets and gear.  Bring some "light" to a dark place.  My youngest son likes the Pats, my oldest likes the Steelers.  In the meantime, I will stick with the Colts and see what this season has in store.  I hear many say, you will run out of "Luck".  That is not what I am interested in seeing, but rather a good football match!

Come on 2013-14 season!

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

Makes no sense I'm reminded of 8th grade boys and girls involved in dropping little bits of earth shaking data. I heard Jimmy loves you, Oh I hate Jimmy I want to be with Ryan, he's already 12, he'll get a car almost 6 months before Jimmy. But I hate Jena Carpeli she made Colin hate me. Blah blah blah. Bill has no bone to pick with TT, he lives his life likely never thinking about the guy. Let's just lay all our cards on the table. TT had a good, far from great playoff win vs the Steelers. His record as a strarter is 8-6, wowwy. He has had every chance to become a players but he simply isn't a pro QB, in order to use him you rip out 90% of your passing game, relying on defenses to win. The fact he insists on being an NFL does irritant but the real problem is the Tebow worshippers who are not fans of the team TT may be playing on, becoming the worst enemy if he gets waived. No teams currently wish for that drama. I can think of all the games where going in to the 4th he had completet less than 5 passes for less than 20 yards hitting on 40-48% of his tosses. That's TT as a pro passer folks. Josh McDaniel deserves to be locked in a 6x9 with TT and a Bible for 5 years from drafting the guy then gutting the Broncos stars no nobodies. Our fine Christian TT fans recall, claimed that Peyton would spend most of 2012 hospitalized with TT easing to the Super Bowl and then his brother saying he was glad Denver lost in thef the playoffs after what they did to his baby brother. What a sap, give him millions yet he can't thrown, that's being mean alright. Real football fans want to see Tebow playing TE, it would be terrific, he might even stay with a team f he took the switch. For the 1000th time stop brining up TT for the CFL. If he can pass n the NFL guess what on a 110 long, 60 yard wide (guessing) field, you use downs to get a first down passing the ball. If Tebow cannot pass it would even be harder.

JoeMar
JoeMar

McDaniels wont sign Tebow........he doesn't want to get fired twice because of this stiff

2terminal
2terminal

Holden should write for Sports Illustrated or ESPN.  That is the first sensible assessment on the future of Tim Tebow I have read.  Thanks for confirming my sanity. 

NFL_Madness
NFL_Madness

Belichick is to controlled for something like that to get out to the media.  He is very careful with his words, and doesn't really relate to much info in his press conferences.  The only reason he talks to the press is cause he has too.

Holden
Holden

There are AT LEAST a dozen bottom-feeders in the NFL which could turn around their fortunes...if only they had the sense to do something different from what made them bottom-feeders, in the first place.  These teams, perennially, assume the role of the Washington Generals in a league that needs "competition" for its high-profile teams--like the Pats...

The people running these doormat teams, such as the Bills, Browns, Bengals (and that's just the teams starting with "B"), must not want the media attention that comes with winning.  Instead, they keep searching for the next Peyton Manning...

Don't forget, it took Peyton to supplant Tebow (who totally turned the Broncos season around, when finally given the opportunity).  It's not the teams with Brady, Peyton, Eli, Rodgers, etc., on their teams that should be looking at Tebow.  Oh, and assembling a team to suit his strengths doesn't cost a fortune.

The Bills, for instance, play some of their games...in CANADA...for lack of local interest.  Do you REALLY think that would be the case, were they to bring in Tebow?  This is a team whose last quarterback of note has been in the HOF since 2002!!!  We all know the definition of insanity...would doing something completely different from what's gotten these miserable teams in their lowly spots, be such a bad thing?

Markus
Markus

If Belicheat says he doesn't hate Tebow, then there is a 50% chance he doesn't hate Tebow.

6marK6
6marK6

This soap opera that is now taking place with Belichick might be a good reason why nobody has signed Tebow. His mere mentioning or presence immediately causes distractions.

Joe65
Joe65

Enough of the "religious oppression" and the "but he's a really nice person" arguments. It's the NFL. If you can play, you play. There's a ton of nice people in this world who don't get what they want.

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

This just in...Contrary to reports, Al Qaeda is not planning an attack on 20 major US cities at 9:00am this morning. John F Kennedy has not resurrected from the dead. Yasiel Puig is not a transsexual.

This is the way "reporting" goes these days. Invent a wild allegation and then declare it untrue. I guess the truth isn't exciting enough anymore.

Fenris
Fenris

Those who love the dark always hate those who love the light.

JimNoonan
JimNoonan

"Silver’s report detailed how Tebow’s search for a new team has been derailed, in part, by the media circus that has followed him throughout his NFL career." 

Well, Mr. Silver, if you report unconfirmed gossip from anonymous sources, you're one of the clowns.  

matt37
matt37

Smart people don't hate Tim Tebow.  Smart people hate Tim Tebow's game.

palmcoast26
palmcoast26

I will never watch another NFL game, I am fed up and sick of all the cry babies

palmcoast26
palmcoast26

Tebow is as good as any in the NFL, like I said ealier, Tebow should tell the NFL to go to hell and head for Hollywood

DaxQuatemaine
DaxQuatemaine

The source used the word hate to make a point. The Patts were not interested despite the rumors. Tebow if flapping in the wind. Good to see Ditka Dungy etc giving kind words. He's not all that....he was wat too hyped....he's also good enough to be a backup somewhere.

matt37
matt37

@Holden The 3 qbs on the 3 bottom feeder teams you mentioned are all far superior to Tim Tebow.  And the Bengals were a playoff team 4 of the last 8 years.  If he was even decent, why don't any of the "smart teams" bring him in as a backup and generate some of this positive attention?  

matt37
matt37

@6marK6 Yep.  That's a lot to take on for a "maybe" 3rd string QB. 

rebonitz
rebonitz

@Joe65 "If you can play, you can play?" Really? Just ask Warren Moon if that's true. He wasn't even drafted and had to go to the CFL for years before he finally got his chance and showed that he had Hall of Fame ability...he ALWAYS had it. So that's debunked. There are many reasons why's he's not playing. Could it be racial, anti-religious, or pure jealousy of the attention he receives? or all of the above?  We'll probably never know.


matt37
matt37

@Joe65 But it's just so hard to be a straight white christian male football player in the US these days!

riley8
riley8

@MattBugaj Exactly!  Confirm 59 dead in tornado disaster at 10 pm.  Wake up the next morning to find out 21 were actually dead.  The media is an absolute disgrace.

matt37
matt37

@JimNoonan Agree 100%.  But ESPN, Yahoo Sports, SI etc. would stop pursuing a story if we stopped reading and watching....

Mkmck
Mkmck

@palmcoast26  Tebow is as good as anyone else in the NFL??? Are you high, or do you have manlove for the guy?

Holden
Holden

@matt37 "Far superior" at what, Matt?  The Bengals stink more often than not...and to what Bills quarterback do you refer?  The one who's no longer there?  I'd bet over 95% of all football fans don't know who's the projected starter for the Bills.  And you missed my point, anyhow.

There are numerous bad teams in the NFL.  They are bad, consistently and have no interest in doing what it takes to produce winners--specifically, to SPEND the money on top front-office personnel and talent.

A team not interested in paying $20 million/year for a quarterback could acquire Tebow for $2-3 million, build around him with players particularly suited to that style of play, and win more games.  Oh, and the stands would be PACKED.  What's the very worst-case scenario?  The team wouldn't win any more games than it won before.

Tebow's got a winning record in the NFL and is a proven leader.  Some NFL teams don't sell out their stadiums and losing teams don't end up much on MNF, do they?  Tebow played in some of the highest rated regular season games in TV history.  He certainly changed the atmosphere in Mile High, where the thousands of fans, disguised as empty seats, started showing up, once he was given the reins to the team.


It's wrong to judge a work of art by it's defects and it's wrong to judge a player that way.  He wins, he's popular and he sells gear and tickets.  There are several NFL teams that are struggling in each and every one of those areas.

Azeron
Azeron

@Holden @matt37

"I'm not saying Tebow is better than Peyton,"


Good.  You would lose any credibility if you made such a ridiculous statement.

Azeron
Azeron

@Holden @matt37 "Tebow's got a winning record in the NFL"


So does Vince Young.  So what?  If they're not wanted then tough.

Holden
Holden

@matt37 It's easy, Matt, to pick on his worst games, and deduce he can't play.  It was his FIRST season under center and he had no training camp and no reps...until AFTER game 5.  The TEAM you mentioned had gone 1-4 with a career 65% passer.  Tebow's insertion as starter was the ONLY difference, other than the Defensive Rookie of the Year (Von Miller) breaking his hand and the team's TOP receiver (Brandon Lloyd) getting traded away.

I notice you conveniently didn't mention him racking up over 300 yards against the leagues #1 defense in the playoffs, nor did you compare what Peyton did, with a VASTLY improved team, in an eerily similar setting.  Talk about special teams keeping the team in the game!

The Broncos got TWO kick return TDs in their 35 point total, meaning Peyton only put 21 points on the board...oh, and the Broncos LOST.  I'm not saying Tebow is better than Peyton, I'm merely pointing out the folly of you're statistical argument.

You quote "new articles" which say this and that about what Tebow can't do.  They're no different from what's been written about him, his whole career.  These "experts" do what you're doing, which is ignoring the success of the teams he's quarterbacked.  

All that said, you're STILL missing my point.  Tebow transcends the quarterback position, in that he inspires ALL of his teammates to play harder and better.  That's what LEADERS do.  Look at last year's standings...FIFTEEN TEAMS had LOSING records...and many of those teams have been LOSERS for years and years.  These teams follow "conventional wisdom," and what does it get them?  Squat.

First and foremost, NFL franchises are BUSINESSES.  A team that can't sell out EIGHT STINKING HOME GAMES is an under-performing business!  It's not surprising that some of these sons of the ''good old boys'' are clueless.  For the 2012 season, EIGHT TEAMS played in front of LESS than 90% of their stadiums' capacity.

In DENVER, where no-shows are booed, we had THOUSANDS of them...until Tebow was promoted.  I sold my 2011 and 2012 season tickets in disgust over the teams direction.  Friends told me those seats were mostly empty--yep, no-shows...until Tebow started playing.  Then, I had to overpay to get nosebleed tickets for the last part of the 2012 season.  I was offered $1,000 for my Steelers game tickets (2), but there was NO WAY I was selling them!

When David Garrard, Ryan Fitzpatrick, every Cardinals and Raiders quarterback, Kyle Orton, etc., can find work and Tebow can't, despite what he was able to accomplish, it has to make one question all those ''experts'' out there, doesn't it?

matt37
matt37

And HE didn't win all those games.  The team did.  The only reason most of those "miracles" happened is because Tebow was so awful for the first 58 minutes and the defense and special teams managed to keep them in it.  That's not a long term winning strategy.  And the rest of the league knows it.

matt37
matt37

@Holden @matt37 He won a handful of games, and then the rest of the NFL figured out his gimmick-that he can't throw.  Once they figured that out, he couldn't run either.  Check his last 5 games of 2011.  <45% completion rate.  1-4.  More turnovers than TDs.  I think enough coaches saw 6-22 for 60 yards vs KC and thought that was enough.   New articles illustrate how the guy can't remember the playcall between the sideline and the huddle which means he can't audible and we know he can't read defenses. 

There are definitely some poorly managed teams in the NFL, but all 32 teams have passed on Tebow.  That's enough for me.

Mkmck
Mkmck

@palmcoast26 ...says the guy who can't figure out how to only post a comment once.