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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Belichick: Tebow talented, smart, works hard
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't mention the signing of No. 3 quarterback Tim Tebow in the opening remarks of his news conference on Tuesday.
The questions came quickly afterwards.
One notable moment came when Belichick was asked if he was concerned about the potential media-based distraction Tebow brings.
“Hopefully there will be more than that at the games on Sunday," Belichick said, smiling.
That was one of the only times that Belichick, who arrived for his news conference in blue coaching gear while twirling a whistle, lightened up during a Tebow-filled news conference.
Asked about Tebow, he said, "Tim is a talented player that is smart and works hard. We’ll see how it goes."
Clearly, Belichick -- who wouldn't reveal at what position he planned for Tebow to work (sources tell ESPN it's quarterback) -- wanted to keep his answers short and his focus on the team.
"We have a team full of players. Everybody has a job to do. I’m sure he’ll try to do it the best he can. We’ll all try to do our jobs the best we can," he said.
Asked about his relationship with Tebow, Belichick said, "I have a lot of respect for Tim."
After about the 14th straight Tebow question, Belichick said, "I think we’ve already talked enough about him ... I think I’ve covered it. Anything else?"
Belichick confirmed that every player on the roster reported for minicamp.