How Will the New England Patriots Handle Media Circus Around Tim Tebow?
By the time the New England Patriots are done with it, Tebowmania, at its best, will be a dull roar.
There's plenty of mystery and intrigue surrounding the team's intentions for arguably the most polarizing athlete in professional sports. But Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will lead the crusade against Tebowmania and will halt the seemingly immortal media-driven monster once and for all.
Here's why the reigning AFC East champs will ultimately reduce Tebowmania, the once SEO treasure, to an undesirable afterthought.
In-season Tebowmania is provoked by quarterback controversy. In fact, Tebowmania was born in Denver when Kyle Orton, a guy fresh off back-to-back career years as the Broncos starter, flubbed his way to a 1-4 start at the outset of the 2011 campaign.
Then, the deafening Tebow chants begun.
Tebow started. Orton was traded.
The rest is history.
Although head coach Rex Ryan never surrendered to the relentless cries for the man who "saved" the Broncos a year before, Tebowmania was able to sustain itself and move forward.
Nothing remotely similar to what transpired in Denver in 2011 and New York in 2012 will occur in New England in 2013.
There's absolutely no possibility of a Patriots quarterback controversy, and even if there was—can you imagine Tom Brady in a quarterback controversy?—it would feature backup Ryan Mallett, not Tebow.
Patriots fans have been fortunate to witness quarterbacking mastery at its finest for more than a decade now—they're authorities on what elite quarterback play looks like. Therefore, the chances of them clamoring for Tebow are about as good as them calling for Brady's benching.
Remember, New England's averaged 12.25 regular-season wins since Brady returned from an ACL tear in 2009.
Brady can shred secondaries, and he definitely has the power to smother Tebowmania into oblivion, which is what will happen in 2013.
Belichick the Boring
Belichick and Ryan may be comparably brilliant when it comes to creating a confusing defensive game plan, but they couldn't be any different when placed in front of the media.
Ryan loved the Tebow madness. Actually, he welcomed it.
In classic Belichick form, the Patriots head coach solemnly took the cliched, politically correct approach when answering every Tebow question in his first Tebow-centric press conference.
Tebow questions are going to get really old, really fast with Belichick at the lectern.
Only a few minutes into his Tebow presser, Belichick put a proverbial foot down with this statement:
"We've already talked enough about him." - Bill Belichick after a few minutes of #Tebow questions.This is hilarious— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) June 11, 2013
If Ryan was Tebowmania's fuel, Belichick's the fire extinguisher.
Now, with the way Rob Gronkowski's handled himself during his NFL career, the famed "Patriot Way" has rightfully come into question over the last few seasons, but remember how chatterbox Chad Ochocinco went mum in New England in 2011?
Belichick has taken his chances on a variety of reclamation projects in New England—previously big names who found themselves unwanted by other NFL clubs—and while most said projects failed, the players themselves never became a bigger story than the team. Ever.
Tebow won't be treated differently.
And his role will clearly be defined as "situational."
New England. Where Tebowmania will go to die a quiet, peaceful death.
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