Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave almost a 400-word answer on Tim Tebow's "versatility" during his Tuesday conference call with local media.
The typically tight-lipped Belichick rarely goes on and on about anything -- let alone an opposing player. But he took his time detailing Tebow's many attributes: intelligence, speed and, most notably, good throwing mechanics.
(Caution: You made need to grab a cup of coffee to get through this whole thing.)
"Offensively, they’ve pretty much used him at every spot. He’s played more quarterback than anything else. He’s also played running back, he’s played what I would say is tight end, [and] he’s also played a little bit of receiver. They’ve put him in some different spots. 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 or they can run Tebow-type plays there that Denver ran last year or that [Offensive Coordinator Tony] Sparano ran when he was at Miami.
"He gives them a lot of versatility on all those things. 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 in other positions as well. He’s a good runner, strong runner, very strong, good thrower, mobile in the pocket, smart player, can do a lot of different things, has different option plays and things like that. You certainly have to be aware when he’s in there. In the kicking game, he’s dangerous because of his versatility but it’s really no different than any other punting situation in that you have to cover the eligible receivers.
"You have to be alert for them to snap the ball to the personal protector. Whether he runs up the middle or goes in a sweep or however they do it, those are things you have to prepare for every week with your punt return unit. Again, the fact that it’s him and he’s a big strong guy that’s a good runner and can throw the ball, he can do a little bit more than a lot of guys that are back there. But at the same time, those are the kind of things you have to defend every week. So, whoever’s responsibility it is to cover the guy has to cover him. If they run it, we have to have our gaps controlled.
Asked if he can see why the Jets thought it necessary to trade for Tebow, Belichick said: "Yeah. absolutely.
"There’s no question about it. We saw him play last year. He quarterbacked that team to the playoffs in Denver and in addition to some of the quarterbacking things, he’s done a lot of other things for the Jets. Yeah, of course he’s a valuable guy. There’s no doubt about that."