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Belichick on Tebow questions: We’ve talked enough about him

Bill Belichick

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick pauses during a news conference before NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The Patriots don’t know who they’ll face in their playoff opener. But, they do know plenty about that team. They are familiar with all three potential opponents, the Texans, Ravens and Colts, having played them already this season.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Patriots coach Bill Belichick met the media for the first time with Tim Tebow on his roster, and it didn’t take long for Belichick to get sick of answering questions about his new backup quarterback.

“Anything we do is what we feel is in the best interest of the team. Tim is a talented player that’s smart and works hard, so we’ll see how it goes,” Belichick said when initially asked about Tebow.

As reporters continued to press him for thoughts about Tebow, Belichick began to grow annoyed.

“I’ve answered that question twice: He’s a talented player who’s smart and works hard,” Belichick repeated.

Asked more questions about Tebow, Belichick urged reporters to find something new to talk about.

“We’ve already talked enough about him,” Belichick said. “I think I’ve covered it. Anything else?”

Some of the questions from the media were about the media, including whether Belichick thought the presence of reporters at this week’s minicamp could become a distraction.

“We’ve been in front of bigger crowds than this before,” Belichick said. “Hopefully there will be more than that at our games on Sundays.”

Asked about how Tebow will be used, Belichick declined to get into specifics.

“We’re gonna do what we think is best for this football team, so, I don’t know, we’ll see,” Belichick said. “We’ll see, I don’t know.”

Belichick did dispute the report that he “hates” Tebow as a player, although he made clear that he didn’t want to talk much about that.

“I like Tim. I have a lot of respect for Tim,” Belichick said.

Belichick may like Tebow. But Belichick doesn’t seem to like all the questions about Tebow.