Posted tagged ‘Bill Belichick’

Tim Tebow agrees to stay in the AFC East and joins the Patriots

June 10, 2013

VIA ESPN:

20130607-tebow-samsonite-350This picture on the left is what everyone will be seeing at New England’s minicamp tomorrow morning.

Tim Tebow, the three year player out of Florida, has played two seasons with the Denver Broncos and last season with the New York Jets.  “Tebow Time” prospered in Denver 2011 leading his team to the playoffs and pulling off a miraculous overtime win over Pittsburgh but in New York, Tebow’s time was over once he arrived at Jets camp.

But the 25 year old still expects to play at the quarterback position and will compete with Ryan Mallett in training camp for the spot at backup quarterback behind Tom Brady, the star of the franchise.

While this may seem like a crazy move, it is actually the best move for Tebow moving forward. Tim will reunite with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was the Broncos‘ head coach when Denver traded into the first round to draft the Heisman Trophy winner in 2010.

So Tim Tebow could be used at different positions on the New England roster and could even line up at tight end now that Rob Gronkowski will be sidelined for a period of time due to his recent forearm and back injuries.

Bill Belichick values versatility in his players, having used wide receivers Troy BrownJulian Edelman and Matthew Slater at defensive back when injuries hit that position.

While the circus may be headed to New England in 2013, the media monstrosity may be minimized by Belichick, who keeps a tight lid on players’ interactions with reporters.

In the end, Tebow has a new life but that life could change in one week or one year. This journey will be interesting to follow and I am excited to see how it pans out. He could be one of the best role players in the game or he could ride the bench all year.

Start that clock again because “Tebow Time” is now ticking in Foxborough.

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Belichick made the call to let Manningham have his night

February 9, 2012

Via ESPNBoston:

Bill Belichick dared the New York Giants to throw to Mario Manningham and paid the price.

Before the Giants final game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI, the New England Patriots coach told his team not to get beat by receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

“This is still a Cruz and Nicks game,” Belichick was heard saying in audio recorded for NFL Films. “I know we’re right on them. It’s tight but those are still the guys. Make them go to Manningham, make them go to (Bear) Pascoe. Let’s make sure we get Cruz and Nicks.”

The Giants started the drive at their own 12-yard line with 3:46 left in the game and trailing 17-15. On the first play, Giants quarterback Eli Manning dropped a perfect pass down the sidelines to Manningham who somehow made the catch and got two feet down for a 38-yard gain.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was also miked for NFL Films and after watching the replay of the grab, he said “He caught it.”

The Patriots challenged whether Manningham was in bounds. They lost, the Giants were in business and went on to score the go-ahead touchdown. The Patriots actually allowed Ahmad Bradshaw to waltz into the end zone with about a minute left so they would get the ball back.

Before the score, Patriots Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork are overheard telling players in the huddle: “We gotta let them score, got to let them score.”

(Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

The Patriots had been forced to give up the ball after receiver Wes Welker failed to make a tough catch that would have given the Pats a key first down as they tried to eat up the clock.

Referee John Parry, talking to another official, was caught on tape saying of the Welker play: “That was the game.”

Among other interesting audio released by the league, Giants players were trying to figure out the health of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. He had suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC title game and didn’t appear to be at full speed in the Super Bowl.

In the third quarter, Giants linebacker Michael Boley says: “Hey, 87’s a (expletive) decoy, he’s a decoy. .. He’s about to be outta here.”

I think everyone knew that Cruz and Nicks were going to be players the Patriots wanted to stop but I don’t think they expected Manningham to go off like he did in the fourth quarter. Also, I really liked that they got commentary of the referee’s saying that the game was over after that Welker missed catch. That’s something fans wouldn’t expect from referee’s to talk about the game while it is happening. I guess they knew something special would happen. Well something special did happen, The Giants won their second Super Bowl over the Patriots…