Thursday, June 13, 2013
Bill Belichick wasn't nearly as grumpy during his press conference on Wednesday, though he did make it clear he wouldn't be providing "minute-by-minute" updates on Tebow for the assembled media.
"Like I said, we're not going to get into a minute-by-minute evaluation of a player," Belichick said when asked about improvements Tebow made over the last 24 hours. "I don't think that's the way to go, especially at this time of year."
He's right. And in fairness to Belichick, he'd already been asked five Tebow-related questions and provided more than three-word answers when he got snippy about the comments.
Granted none of those answers featured anything remotely enlightening -- "I think everybody out there is pretty much in the same boat: just trying to get better day-by-day," "Each player is different," "I don't think evaluating players on a couple of plays is really a good practice," etc -- but they weren't "I don't know."
So that's progress. Or something.
What's kind of bizarre is the classification the Patriots have apparently given Tebow, hitting him with the "star" label in order to keep him away from the media.
Tebow obviously doesn't qualify as an on-field "star" and you'd think such a designation could irk some players (Tom Brady is the other designated player), but it's a sensible use of the label. Keeping Tebow away from the media is imperative for making this a sufferable process.
Kraft also apparently said that it's "really exciting" to have Tebow in Patriots camp, said Tebow's throwing motion "looks pretty good" and went full-blown Woody Johnson on the media with a "you can't have enough" Tebow line.
The biggest difference between the Jets and Pats, however? Brady. Kraft pointed out that he doesn't want their starting quarterback coming off the field.