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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Different feel for Belichick presser

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s news conference had a much different feel to it Wednesday.

With a much lighter media crowd in attendance, and less of a focus on Tim Tebow, it was mostly back to the regular routine.

Belichick, who arrived with his daughter Amanda, had fielded 14 straight questions on Tebow on Tuesday before saying, “I think we’ve already talked enough about him ... I think I’ve covered it. Anything else?”

It wasn’t until the sixth question Wednesday that Belichick was asked about Tebow, and it came from a New York-based reporter still in town: “How did Tebow look yesterday?”

“I think everybody out there is pretty much in the same boat, just trying to get better day by day. Some guys are starting at different points; he’s obviously starting at a point that’s different than where other players were,” Belichick answered. “They’re all moving along. Guys that are out there are making progress. Guys that aren’t [out] there are doing what they can do, they’re falling behind.”

Asked if what he saw from Tebow on Tuesday reflected what the team saw in studying him in the draft, Belichick cautioned about making snap judgments.

“I don’t think evaluating players on a couple plays is a real good practice,” he said. “We’ll wait until we have a little more information, make our evaluations as a staff, talk about players kind of after a chunk of time, after we’ve had a chance to see things. Any player you put out there the first day, it’s kind of a learning experience. As you do it the second, third, fourth time, just like when we all do anything multiple times, we get better at it hopefully -- get more experience, get more comfortable and do it better. I don’t think that’s any different than any football player at any position.”

This came after Belichick was asked about veteran safety Adrian Wilson, how much of the playbook is installed at this time, chemistry between receivers Danny Amendola and Michael Jenkins and quarterback Tom Brady, and tryout players.