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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tebow checks in with Pats media

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow held a conference call with Patriots reporters this afternoon (4:30 p.m. ET), and he was asked a mix of questions -- some about his background, others about Sunday's game against the Patriots.

The call started with Tebow asked to share his impressions of the Patriots' defense.

"They're a very good defense. Obviously they're very well coached, from Coach Belichick," he answered. "They have a lot of playmakers. They create a lot of turnovers. They've been getting to the quarterback a lot and just find a way to make big plays, and keep teams from getting in the end zone. They might give up a little yardage here and there, but they always stand stout in the red area and find a way to come up with the big plays."

Tebow was asked to reflect on his pre-draft visit with the Patriots in 2010.

"It was a great opportunity to get to know a great coach," Tebow said. "All those opportunities, pre-draft when I went to meet with teams and organizations, I know they were trying to get a feel for me but I was also trying to learn something each and every visit. Just to be around Coach Belichick and all those other great coaches in New England, I felt like it was a great opportunity to learn. I tried to take as much as I possibly could, to learn from a great coach, one of the best to coach. It was a phenomenal opportunity for me and I'm very grateful that he was that interested in me."

What did Tebow learn that day?

"I think it was just picking up a lot of different things; certain things [the way] they go about it," he responded. "Different things he's looking for. Just a lot of little things that you try to pick up as a player, from demeanor, to attitudes, to certain things from fundamentals. It was a great opportunity to learn a lot and I feel like I really did."