Tebow responds to Bruschi criticism

June, 13, 2012
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi says Tim Tebow spends too much time talking to the media for a backup quarterback. Tebow responded Wednesday by not saying a whole lot.

"To be honest, I just do what I'm told and, on this day, I'm told to talk to you -- so I'm talking to you," Tebow told reporters at minicamp. "I don't get paid enough to make all those decisions. I just do what I'm told ... That's something you'd figure (Bruschi) would understand. I'm doing what I'm asked to do."

Tebow said he has a lot of respect for Bruschi as an NFL analyst and, yes, he was aware of the former Patriot's stinging commentary from last week. In case you missed it, Bruschi said:

"Stop talking to the media so much. You need to disappear, okay, Tim Tebow? You're not the starting quarterback, it's Mark Sanchez's team. I want my voice to come from my head coach and my quarterback -- my starting quarterback. That message has to be consistent.

"I don't want all this competition brewing, and every time you speak and anytime you talk about competition or anything like that, you're twisting things. I want one voice. One quarterback, not two."

For the record, Tebow and Sanchez have talked to the media every other week during the offseason, both speaking on the same day.

Rex Ryan defended the team's media policy regarding Tebow.

"Tim is a very popular player, obviously, a popular person," he said. "I think that's a good thing. Everyone wants to focus on the negative. I think it's a real positive. I think he's a good football player and a heck of a person. I don't know where that's a problem for any team, especially for us."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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