However, there’s no way that the quarterback will play with the New England Patriots, regardless of what Belichick thinks of him.
Recent buzz surrounding Tebow surfaced yet again after an article by Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports claimed that Belichick “hated” Tebow as a player.
Belichick quickly responded in an effort to end these rumors.
In a report by Field Yates of ESPN, Belichick responded to the Tebow remark, saying:
"I wouldn't get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent. Every single player has strengths and weaknesses but regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible. It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported."
Even though there is buzz surrounding Tebow and the Patriots, there is very little chance he signs with the team, let alone anywhere else in the NFL.
This is not to say Tebow can’t make plays. He showed time and time again that he could make exciting things happen with the Denver Broncos, even winning a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
There are simply too many quarterbacks available who are better than Tebow when it comes to reliable passing.
When you look at the Patriots, their current situation at quarterback is absolutely fine. They have a future Hall of Fame player starting in Tom Brady, along with a developing backup in Ryan Mallett who has all of the tools to eventually become a successful NFL quarterback. The argument could even be made that Mike Kafka, the Patriots’ third-string guy, is a better passer than Tebow.
The reason Tebow has been linked to the Patriots is due to his connection with Josh McDaniels, who was the head coach of the Broncos during the beginning of “Tebow Time”, drafting the young quarterback out of Florida. Still, that’s a bit of a stretch based on the current offensive scheme for this team.
It wouldn’t exactly be a good fit to bring in Tebow, let alone try to find ways to get him on the field.
Plenty of fans and media alike have suggested making Tebow a possible fullback or tight end, but this also doesn’t work for the Patriots. The tight end position is fine, with both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez leading the way.
Above all else, there’s one reason the Patriots, along with likely every other team in the NFL, won’t take Tebow.
The drama surrounding Tebow was crippling in the New York Jets’ locker room. The team fell apart and quarterback controversy was everywhere with Tebow, Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy. While he may be a great guy off the field, the media follows him so closely that even the smallest event can create chaos for a team.
Belichick came out and said he doesn’t hate Tebow, but that doesn’t mean he wants the guy on the team. The Patriots have plenty of talent, and they likely don’t want such a distracting presence in their locker room.