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Bill Belichick is vacationing in Italy during Aaron Hernandez murder drama

Bill-Belichick-hoodieBill Belichick has not provided any comment on the ongoing Aaron Hernandez murder investigation, and we would not expect him to. For starters, the investigation is still in progress. The NFL would not want anyone commenting about it in detail, but we know Belichick would take that to another level. But to make matters easier, the New England Patriots coach has been out of the country since the story broke.

According to the NY Post, Belichick was spotted at a train station in Venice, Italy with his girlfriend Linda Holliday on Friday. The couple has reportedly been traveling through Italy and stopping at various locations. Talk about convenient.

Many of you will be quick to accuse Belichick of hiding from a major organizational scandal, but he was reportedly out of the country when Hernandez’s name first arose in connection with the murder. That includes when Hernandez went to the Patriots facility before he was arrested and was told he is not allowed there anymore.

Nevertheless, I’m sure Belichick is pleased with the way the timing worked out. He had his hands full with all the Tim Tebow questions before any major news surfaced about Hernandez, and he was already getting cranky about that. Reporters are going to pepper Belichick with questions about Hernandez when he returns from Europe, but allow me to answer for him.

“We’re only worried about players who are with our team.”

Yeah, that about covers it.

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Bill Belichick: We’re not going to give minute-by-minute Tim Tebow updates

Tim-Tebow-PatriotsFor the second straight day on Wednesday, Bill Belichick refused to provide any detailed analysis or insight on the Tim Tebow signing. Belichick has made it clear right from the start that he is not going to feed the media with the Tebow information that they crave, which is sure to result in less buzz going forward.

On Tuesday at his introductory minicamp press conference, Belichick used a combination of about 10 words to answer a couple dozen questions about Tebow. The next day brought more of the same.

“I think everybody out there is pretty much in the same boat: just trying to get better day by day,” Belichick told reporters at practice on Wednesday. “Some guys are starting at different points; he’s obviously starting at a point different than where other players were. They’re all moving along. Guys that are out there are making progress. Guys that aren’t are doing what they can do and they’re falling behind.”

Belichick added that it is difficult to evaluate a player after one day — not that he would share his evaluation anyway — before taking a more clear stance regarding Tebow questions.

“Like I said, we’re not going to get into a minute-by-minute evaluation of a player,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the way to go, especially at this time of year.”

Eventually, most of the reporters will stop showing up. Tebowmania is certainly a real thing, but if the team’s coach won’t talk about him and Tebow isn’t allowed to speak to the media news stations and magazines are wasting their time and resources. Andy Hart of Patriots Football Weekly noted on Wednesday that there were a lot less cameras and reporters at Belichick’s press conference already. Make no mistake about it — Belichick will get his way when it comes to stopping the media frenzy.

Bill Belichick: Report I hate Tim Tebow is untrue, baseless

Bill Belichick hoodieNot long after Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets, there was some speculation that the New England Patriots could be interested in signing him. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been complimentary of Tebow in the past, and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels traded up to draft Tebow when he was head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Based on those two items, it made sense to figure the Pats could be interested in Tebow. But Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver quickly killed all the speculation by reporting that “organizational sources” say the Patriots coach “hates” Tebow as a player. Belichick says it is inaccurate to say that he hates Tebow and the possibility of signing him.

Belichick was reached by ESPN Boston’s Field Yates and denied that is how he feels about Tebow.

“I wouldn’t get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent,” Belichick told Yates. “Every single player has strengths and weaknesses but regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible. It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported.”

If Yates solely asked Belichick to respond to the report that he “hates” Tebow, then he wasn’t asking the proper question. Silver’s report says Belichick hates Tebow as a player, not as a person. Those are two different questions to ask.

And while “hate” is a very strong word, and maybe too strong of a word for the situation, I’m guessing Belichick really isn’t too interested in signing Tebow, regardless of what he says. It seems like most NFL teams aren’t too interested in signing Tebow.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Bill Belichick reportedly ‘hates’ Tim Tebow as a player

tim-tebow-jetsTim Tebow is still in search of an NFL job, and many have speculated that the New England Patriots would be a logical destination if he is willing to give up on playing quarterback. Bill Belichick is known for getting the most out of players and showcasing their versatility, so some have wondered if the Patriots could use Tebow as an H-back or tight end.

According to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, that is not going to happen. Citing “organizational sources,” Silver reported on Wednesday that Belichick actually “hates” Tebow as a player and does not feel he could find a use for him. And Tebow is certainly not going to be replacing Tom Brady in certain situations during a game.

“No chance,” a source reportedly told Silver. “Plus they wouldn’t like the circus that comes with it.”

Tebow’s following may have been a positive at one point, but it is now a negative for many teams. It’s not necessarily his fault that fans put up billboards in his honor and consider him to be Jesus himself, but most teams are not willing to deal with those types of shenanigans for a role player.

Josh McDaniels may have fueled the Broncos’ decision to draft Tebow during his short tenure as the head coach in Denver, but Belichick hates distractions. The Jets insist Tebow was not a distraction for the team last season, but we all know what a heaping pile of bull that is. It’s hard to see how the Patriots would benefit from bringing Tebow on board. The fact that Belichick reportedly “hates” him as a player should put the speculation to rest.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Bill Belichick got a Watertown Police Department hoodie with sleeves cut off

Bill Belichick Watertown hoodie

Bill Belichick is supporting the Watertown Police Department with a personalized touch. The New England Patriots coach got a Watertown Police Department hooded sweatshirt and customized it with a Patriots logo, Boston Strong ribbon, and cutoff sleeves, of course.

The Watertown Police said that they got a special request from the Patriots during the week for some police hats for team employees to wear during the draft. According to Watertown Patch, there was a joke at the time that a request would come in for a hooded sweatshirt. Sure enough, the call came in the next day.

Belichick showed off his hoodie during a press conference on Friday to discuss the team’s draft picks.

“To support the Watertown police. Unbelievable job they did … to support the people that protect our safety & our freedom … it’s what makes it possible for us to do what we do. I’m behind them all the way,” Belichick said of the sweatshirt, via the Patriots’ Twitter.

Watertown police apparently used to say they were part of Boston. But after the events that took place last Friday where they apprehended Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the whole world now knows who they are. We love the support from Belichick and the Pats.

Photo credit: Twitter/Patriots

Bill Belichick doesn’t seem too happy with Rob Gronkowski

Rob-Gronkowski-shirtlessBill Belichick was his usual self at the AFC coaches breakfast on Tuesday in Arizona, treating reporters to cliche answers and giving them very little to write about. He spoke about Wes Welker as if he were just another player who had come and gone. Belichick had very little to share when discussing the acquisition of safety Adrian Wilson or the team’s decision to retain cornerback Aqib Talib.

However, Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe pointed out that the Patriots coach did give off the impression that he is a bit irritated with Rob Gronkowski. When asked about Gronk’s rehab, Belichick had the following to say.

“With his rehab?” he asked. “I mean, again, I think every player has a process they go through to get ready for the offseason program and training camp. Every player, or most every player, has to deal with some aspect of it, including the normal things like conditioning, overall training relative to their physical abilities and their position.”

Naturally, the conversation steered toward Gronkowski’s wrestling moves that he put on display in Las Vegas during Super Bowl week while his arm was still in a cast. A reporter asked Belichick if he had seen the video, and a long pause followed. The reporter broke the silence when he asked, “Guess not?”

“Let’s stick to football questions,” Belichick said.

Things have been relatively quiet on the Gronk front since that video surfaced, and you have to wonder if that is a coincidence or if the Patriots have spoken to him. Last year, the team told its tight end that the Summer of Gronk was over just before training camp began. Considering he is nursing a forearm injury this offseason that required multiple surgeries, perhaps Belichick and company had that talk with Gronkowski a bit early this year.

Bill Belichick holds Twitter Q&A on girlfriend Linda Holliday’s account

Here are five words I never thought I would say during my blogging career: Bill Belichick is on Twitter. Well, sort of. On Tuesday night, the man who has made the hoodie famous held a Q&A session with fans on his girlfriend Linda Holliday’s account. Coming from a guy who always seems like he would rather have a root canal than answer questions, it was a bit of a surprise.

Then again, Twitter restricts you from tweeting anything that is more than 140 characters. By retweeting questions and answering them, Belichick had no choice but to give incredibly short answers. He probably wishes all of his press conferences could be held on Twitter so he’d have an excuse to be short with the media. Here were a few of the highlights:

Belichick has been known to ditch an interview or two in his day, so seeing him volunteer for one is pretty rare. Maybe Darrelle Revis was wrong about this guy after all.

H/T Around the League