Bill Belichick clears the air, says he does not ‘hate’ Tim Tebow as a player

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Former Florida Gators superstar and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow still hasn’t found himself a new home in the NFL after being cut by the Jets. At the very least, however, he can continue his push to sign with a team knowing that Bill Belichick believes he is a far better player than fans had been initially led to believe.

In a recent Yahoo! report, the New England head coach was depicted as “hating the way Tebow plays the game” and that there was “no chance” of the Patriots signing him.

However, on Thursday, Field Yates of managed to catch up with the Super Bowl coach to find out once and for all how he feels about Tebow, and whether the team would be signing him.

“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.”

Belichick’s offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, was the Broncos head coach when Denver selected Tebow in the first round. That, combined with the fact that New England loves playing its personnel all over the field, makes Foxboro look like a logical destination. Plus, of course, with Tom Brady entrenched as the starter, there would be no clamoring to see him start that had frustrated coaches so much in Denver and New York.

We are no closer to knowing if Tebow will be playing in the NFL come fall. Given his popularity, however, people will still be asking questions about him; at least the question of whether or not Belichick is a fan of Tebow’s game can be put to rest.

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