Belichick: Tim Tebow 'valuable' to Jets

October, 16, 2012
10/16/12
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It's Patriots-Jets week. So naturally the biggest topic of conversation is New York backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

OK, that was a joke.

But Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about Tebow during Tuesday's conference call with the media. Belichick is preparing to face Tebow for the first time in a Jets uniform.

Here is what Belichick had to say:
"Offensively, they’ve pretty much used him at every spot. He’s played more quarterback than anything else. He’s also played running back, he’s played what I would say is tight end, [and] he’s also played a little bit of receiver. They’ve put him in some different spots. When he’s the quarterback, he’s the quarterback: he can run, he can throw, he can run the option, he can run their regular offense or they can run Tebow-type plays there that Denver ran last year or that [Offensive Coordinator Tony] Sparano ran when he was at Miami. He gives them a lot of versatility on all those things. He doesn’t always line up at quarterback when he’s in there on offense, so you have to be ready to deal with him in other positions as well. He’s a good runner, strong runner, very strong, good thrower, mobile in the pocket, smart player, can do a lot of different things, has different option plays and things like that. You certainly have to be aware when he’s in there. In the kicking game, he’s dangerous because of his versatility but it’s really no different than any other punting situation in that you have to cover the eligible receivers. You have to be alert for them to snap the ball to the personal protector. Whether he runs up the middle or goes in a sweep or however they do it, those are things you have to prepare for every week with your punt return unit. Again, the fact that it’s him and he’s a big strong guy that’s a good runner and can throw the ball, he can do a little bit more than a lot of guys that are back there. But at the same time, those are the kind of things you have to defend every week. So, whoever’s responsibility it is to cover the guy has to cover him. If they run it, we have to have our gaps controlled. ... We saw him play last year. He quarterbacked that team to the playoffs in Denver and in addition to some of the quarterbacking things, he’s done a lot of other things for the Jets. Yeah, of course he’s a valuable guy. There’s no doubt about that.”

Tebow hasn’t contributed much this year on offense but has made good on fake punts on special teams. Can Tebow make an impact Sunday in this battle of first-place teams?

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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