Bill Belichick talks Tim Tebow
June, 11, 2013
By James Walker | ESPN.com
The much-anticipated Bill Belichick news conference took place Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the New England Patriots signed popular quarterback Tim Tebow.
Dozens of media members showed up to Foxborough, Mass., to ask the Patriots why they made the much-hyped signing of Tebow.
Here is a transcript from the Patriots of Belichick’s question and answer session with the media.
What can you tell us about your decision to sign Tim Tebow? What is it about his personality or attitude that leads you to believe that he can contribute to the team?
Belichick: Anything we do is what we feel is in the best interests of the team. Tim is a talented player that is smart and works hard. We’ll see how it goes.
How much of a consideration was the attention that was going to come before making the decision to sign him?
Belichick: None, we try to do what’s best for the team.
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?
Belichick: In all honesty, we’ve been in front of bigger crowds than this before. 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.
How do you plan to use him? What position?
Belichick: We’ll try to do what we think is best for our football team. I don’t know, we’ll see.
Is it possible he could be used on special teams or defense in addition to offense?
Belichick: We’ll see, I don’t know.
Specific to his off-field traits, what are some things you liked about Tim Tebow when you evaluated him?
Belichick: He’s a talented guy, he’s smart, he works hard. We’ve all seen him play. He can do a lot of things -- we’ve seen that.
Can you talk about your relationship with Tim? You’ve known him a long time, obviously there are things you like.
Belichick: Yeah, I like Tim. I have a lot of respect for Tim.
Have you had a close relationship with him over the years?
Belichick: I’ve never coached him before so I wouldn’t … I’m certainly closer with a lot of the players that I’ve coached through my career.
People around the league question his ability to play quarterback in the NFL. How do you feel about that?
Belichick: I’ve already said that.
I’m talking about specifically at quarterback.
Belichick: I’ve answered the question twice. He’s a talented player who is smart and works hard.
Will you discuss with him some of the ancillary stuff that seems to come with him? You know, the way his training camp was covered last year with the Jets and what he’ll be doing outside of football.
Belichick: We have a team full of players. Everybody has a job to do and I’m sure he’ll try to do it the best that he can. We’ll all try to do our jobs the best that we can.
As you can see, Belichick wasn’t extremely forthcoming. But this is the kind of persistent questioning and media attention the Patriots signed up for when signing Tebow. This is only Day 1 of Tebow and the Patriots.