Brady's take on Tebow signing
June, 12, 2013
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady answered questions today, many of which were about Tim Tebow.
The start of the Q&A:
What are your thoughts on the signing of Tim Tebow?
"I don't really make decisions and transactions, whether we cut players or sign players or trade players. My reaction is very much like everyone else on the team -- just trying to focus on what I need to do and what I need to do to be a better player. Certainly any time a new teammate comes in, you welcome him and you try to do whatever you can to help them fit in and understand what we need to do. It's been a fun couple days."
What were your impressions of Tim before he got here and does that match up with what you've seen the last two days?
"I never really was around him much. Anyone who has played in the NFL has a high level of talent to make it this far, to play this long over the course of their entire life, to get to this point. You obviously have to be talented. I have a lot of respect for everyone who plays and certainly what I've seen him do in the past."
Do you worry at all about this being a distraction?
"I don't worry about much these days. I've been around long enough to see all different kinds of things happen -- trades, people being cut, guys joining the team and all the media attention, what happened in 2007, post Super Bowls, tough losses. It comes with the territory. So I think everyone is prepared to deal with some level of different things that happen on a daily basis and to be mentally tough enough to push through and still be able to do your job at a high level is most important. That's really what you owe the team -- to show up every day and do your job the best you can."
Safe to say everyone in the quarterbacking group brings something a little bit different now, with Tim in the mix?
"Yeah, I think honestly every player on the team brings something a little bit different. It's all in hopes of us winning games. So we have to all be able to contribute in some way. Coach always says, 'Your role is what you make of it.' So my role is to try to go out there and try to be a great quarterback -- consistent, dependable, someone that the team can rely on. That's my approach every day that I walk in the door."
How inquisitive has Tim been with you on the field the last couple of days? "Yeah, there has definitely been communication and there has been that with Tim and with Ryan [Mallett]. We constantly talk. I've been lucky to play with so many good quarterbacks over the course of my career. ... We've always had a really strong group and a very close group. I'm excited to have Tim."
If the Patriots decided to use Tebow in a special package, how would you react to coming off the field?
"I have no idea."
You'd be OK with it?
"That's a very hypothetical question. Maybe we'll deal with it if it happens."