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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots hugs head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets following their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Belichick Charmingly Pretends He’s Worried About Tim Tebow

About a month ago, before his team's game with the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick went on and on, during his weekly teleconference with visiting media, about Cardinals running back William Powell. He raved about him, he said his team was worried about him, he wouldn't stop going on about him. He hadn't played a snap in the Cardinals' Week One win over Seattle. We didn't play a snap in that Week Two win over New England. But Belichick, that's who he wanted to talk about.

So take what you will from Belichick yesterday. He wanted to talk all about Tim Tebow.

"When he's the quarterback, he's the quarterback: He can run, he can throw, he can run the option, he can run their regular offense," Belichick said. "They can run Tebow-type plays that Denver ran last year, or that (offensive coordinator Tony) Sparano ran when he was in Miami."

"He doesn't always line up at quarterback when he's in there on offense, so you have to be ready to deal with him at other positions as well," he said. "He's a good runner, he's a strong runner, very strong. He's mobile in the pocket, (a) smart player, he can do a lot of different things. Different option plays and things like that, so you certainly have to be aware of him when he's in there."

Honestly, he went on and on about Tebow. He resembled a member of the New York media corps.

Belichick's rundown of Tebow sounds more like someone describing the Jets' magic dream of what Tebow would have been rather than anything Tebow has actually resembled. What's Belichick up to? Who knows with him? This might be his weird way of trying to get a dig at the Jets. Maybe he's trying to make Rex Ryan — who, yawn, says the Jets are gonna win against the Pats on Sunday — look foolish. Maybe he's legitimately worried about Tebow. Maybe his hoodie is too tight. The point is Bill Belichick talked so much about Tebow that you'd think he sees him as the team's primary offensive weapon or something.

Oh. Wait. [Gulp.]

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