In case you haven’t heard, Tim Tebow signed with the Patriots.
Deadspin reported yesterday that ESPN mentioned Tebow 137 times in 120 minutes. Which surprised exactly no one.
Two quick points here. One small. One bigger.
The small point are my thoughts on Tebow. Simply put, I don’t think he could be in a better situation. If you’re a guy who needs to learn how to become an NFL quarterback, I can’t imagine a better spot than watching Tom Brady every day while being coached by Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels. It’s ideal.
But don’t kid yourself. Barring a Tom Brady injury, Tebow will have minimal impact. And I love Tim Tebow. But let’s be real.
So that’s that.
The bigger point has nothing to do specifically with Tim Tebow. Its how deftly coach Bill Belichick controlled the potential circus. Belichick breezed through in ten minutes what Rex Ryan wasn’t able to accomplish all season.
Belichick took the podium looking Belichickian and began fielding questions.
He opened with, “Anything we do we feel is in the best interests of the team. Tim’s a talented player. He’s smart. Works hard. We’ll see how it goes.”
A reporter asked, “Coach I cover politics for a TV station in New Hampshire. But I’m here today. How much was the consideration that the attention I’m sure you knew was going to come with signing Tim Tebow before making that decision?”
Belichick did not hesitate and gave the answer we all knew was coming. “None. We try to do what’s best for the team.”
Another reporter pressed with “How do you deal with a player coming in with all this fanfare and celebrity? Do you have to sit him down and talk to him about about what they’re doing? Is there any way he feels special when he gets all this fuss?”
Again, Belichick answered perfectly with “In all honesty, we’ve been in front of bigger crowds than this before. So. We’ll just keep doing what our job is. We’re going to try to get better as a football team. Individually and collectively. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
The coach was asked what Tebow’s role with the team would be. Most of the writers could have answered for him.
“We have a team full of players and everybody has a job to do,” he said. “I’m sure he’ll try to do the best he can, and we’ll do the job the best we can.”
He closed the presser when a reported asked about Belichick’s thoughts on “Tebowing” by answering, “I’ve already talked enough about him,” he said. “I think I’ve covered that. Anything else?”
Tebow had no press conference like he did for the Jets last year. The reporters were allowed access to the quarterback after practice on the field. Tebow did not take questions but had a short statement.
“First and foremost I want to thank the Patriots. I’m very thankful; it’s such an honor to be a Patriot and play for coach Belichick and coach McDaniels, learn under Tom and be a part of this great franchise,” he said. “It’s a very successful franchise – I found that out firsthand; I’ve lost to them several times.”
“It’s going to be a lot of fun. I look forward to working hard every day and learning under some great people.”
“That’s all I got but thank you all so much and God bless. I’m sure we’ll be talking more soon,” he said as he smiled.
And that was that.
You have to wonder if Rex Ryan watched and said, “Wait. You can do that?”
In just a few minutes, Bill Belichick, Tim Tebow and the Patriots completely squashed the supposedly insurmountable “Tebow Circus”.
At least for today. Just like Belichick said, we’ll see how it goes but given their performance today, I like their chances.
It just doesn’t seem that hard.