Belichick on balance with Tebow (Tks Tawk2 )

By Mike Reiss

During his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick touched on one of the noticeable differences in the team’s offense, depending on who is playing quarterback.

When it’s Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett, the offense takes on a more traditional drop-back passing type of feel.

When it’s Tim Tebow, it looks like almost a completely different attack, more run-based.

The contrast showed up in Friday’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, and Belichick was asked on the Salk & and Holley Show about how he balances the two.

“It’s something that you have to look at with time management. The decisions that you make are important there; you don’t want to waste a lot of time on something that doesn’t benefit you,” Belichick said on the program.

“At the same time, you want to try to be prepared for, and take advantage of, some of the players’ skills that you have. I don’t think it’s uncommon. We’ve had those types of things in our offense before. This is a little bit different, but we’re not trying to reinvent the game or anything. We’re just trying to take advantage of a particular player’s skill, and that’s no different than something we would do with a tight end, or a receiver or running back who has a skill that we want to try to take advantage of.

“I’d say Tim — you’re right — is the first kind of running quarterback that we’ve really had here since [Matt] Cassel. As we know, Cassel gained a lot of yards in 2008 — and he was a quarterback as a runner — and we had a very good rushing offense that year. A big part of it was due to the [270] yards that he gained. I think that we’re hopefully flexible enough offensively to try to take advantage of whoever we have in the game. Tim is certainly a good runner, so when he’s in there, we’ll probably let him carry the ball a few times.”

Belichick then touched on Tebow’s effectiveness as a running quarterback when operating out of an option-type attack.

“Tim has had a lot of experience making those decisions — whether to give the ball to the back or keep it, or pitch it, all those kinds of things. It’s not really like we’re trying to teach him those things. He’s done it a lot. He has to refine the timing and so forth, but it creates just another thing to put pressure on the defense,” Belichick said.

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  1. Lynn says:

    Excerpts from a great Tebow blog I read today.

    CAN TEBOW MOVE THAT RUBBER TREE PLANT?

    Posted by cherylmil24

    “Anyone knows an ant can’t move a rubber tree plant. But he’s got high hopes. He’s got high hopes. He’s got high apple pie in the sky hopes…Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant.” – “High Hopes” by Frank Sinatra

    This little ditty runs through my head just about every time I read or hear a negative word about Tim Tebow…

    If you’ve never heard the Academy Award winning tune by Frank Sinatra, give it a listen. An ant does what everyone says is impossible: after much effort, he moves a rubber tree plant.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWZ-pLUb9L8

    The song is not merely about “high hopes.” Hopes of any sort are pretty much worthless without action. No, this classic from 1959 is about perseverance. It’s about keeping on keeping on while everybody else looks on and snickers. It’s about working hard to achieve when others just sit back and tell you through some form of media that you can’t possibly move the rubber tree plant you’ve been pushing on for years.

    Tebow doesn’t look like he is giving up anytime soon. He remains positive. He stays long after practice… Through all the negativity, Tebow hopes and he perseveres and by doing so, he inspires others to do the same.

    THE QUESTION IS, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? ARE YOU CHEERING THE ANT OR THE RUBBER TREE PLANT, BECAUSE YOU CAN’T PULL FOR BOTH. ARE YOU SENDING OUT WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT OR ARE YOU CRITICIZING THE ANT’S THROWING MOTION, HIS ACCURACY AND HIS “DELIVERY TIME?”

    IN OTHER WORDS, WHEN FOLKS READ OR HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS, DO THEY SEE AN “ANT FAN” OR AN “ANT SQUASHER?”

    If you’re a Tebow “ant squasher,” frankly, that’s just sad. Not just for you, either. YOU PROBABLY HAVE SONS OR NIECES OR YOUNGER SIBLINGS OR ACQUAINTANCES WITH “HIGH HOPES” OF THEIR OWN. THEY ARE LISTENING TO YOU. They are reading your tweets, your comments, your columns. They are listening to your snarky, discouraging words. And even though the jokes and comments aren’t about them, they learn how you view “high hopers” and “dreamers” and “perseverers.”

    AND, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, THEY WILL GIVE UP ON MOVING THEIR RUBBER TREE PLANT BEFORE EVEN GIVING IT A TINY NUDGE, BECAUSE, WELL, IT’S JUST EASIER THAN HAVING PEOPLE MAKE FUN OF THEM. I MEAN, IF FOLKS DO THAT TO A SEEMINGLY NICE, HARDWORKING GUY LIKE TEBOW, THEY’LL DO IT TO ANYBODY…

    Find the complete blog text here:

    http://teamtebowhuddle.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/can-tebow-move-that-rubber-tree-plant/

    • tawk2 says:

      Thanks for finding this uplifting article! I am an ant fan, I believe that we all have dreams and goals in life, it makes me upset when others say we can’t succeed. Tim is truly an inspiration to us all. He never gives up or gets mad he just keeps working hard and moving towards his goals.

      We all need to me more like Tim and never give up.

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