Tedy Bruschi to Tim Tebow: You need to disappear from the media, you’re a backup

Whether a quarterback controversy in New York is inevitable or not, Tedy Bruschi feels that it is Tim Tebow’s job to not talk about it. Since his official title at the moment is “backup quarterback,” Bruschi believes Tebow should not have a voice. That voice, he says, needs to come from the starting quarterback and head coach.

“Stop talking to the media so much,” Bruschi said on ESPN’s NFL 32 over the weekend. “You need to disappear, okay, Tim Tebow? You’re not the starting quarterback, it’s Mark Sanchez’s team. I want my voice to come from my head coach and my quarterback — my starting quarterback. That message has to be consistent.

“I don’t want all this competition brewing, and every time you speak and anytime you talk about competition or anything like that, you’re twisting things. I want one voice. One quarterback, not two.”

Damien Woody, who was on the same panel, agreed that Tebow needs to stop worrying about the media stuff and leave it to Sanchez. While their reasoning is sound, we all know it’s not that simple. Tebow isn’t forcing the media to hold press conferences for him, he’s just fulfilling his obligation and giving them what they want. There have been reports that he chose the Jets because he feels he can beat out Sanchez, but he hasn’t exactly been jamming that down the media’s throats. Tebow is too much of a celebrity to disappear completely. The Jets knew that when they signed him.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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Tedy Bruschi Goes Off on Chad Ochocinco Over Tweet, Lack of Production

It’s official: Tedy Bruschi is taking the whole Patriot Way thing way too far. We all know they have a certain way of doing things in Foxboro. We all know former Patriots are proud people and they should be considering many of them won multiple Super Bowls. Having said that, lighten up.

A couple weeks ago Bruschi lambasted Arian Foster for tweeting a picture of his injured hamstring, and most of the criticism was deserved.  Any NFL coach would prefer that his players not disclose extremely detailed information about an injury, so in a way Bruschi was saying what many of us were thinking.  With regard to his recent verbal attack on Chad Ochocinco: Not so much.

On a night where Tom Brady broke a career high in passing yardage by more than 100 yards, Ochocinco was minimally involved.  He caught only one pass Monday night, further proving that he is not up to speed with the Patriots offense.  Apparently this is not acceptable for Bruschi, nor was Ocho’s tweet which read “Just waking up after a late arrival, I’ve never seen a machine operate like that n person,to see video game numbers put up n person was WOW.”

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Tedy Bruschi: Arian Foster Tweeting Picture of MRI ‘Incredibly Stupid’

Arian Foster’s hamstring injury has taken on a life of its own for a variety of reasons. For one, he is the top overall pick in most fantasy drafts after his monstrous season last year. Also, Foster seems to enjoy talking about the injury more than the media does.  Earlier this week, Foster lambasted fans for only worrying about his injury because of their fantasy football teams.  On Wednesday, he tweeted a picture of his injured hamstring for the entire world to see.

Imagine what Bill Belichick would do to one of his players if they tweeted a picture of an MRI?  He probably wouldn’t say much, but that player would not be on the Patriots roster more than an hour after the tweet went out.  That is the Patriot way, and apparently the Patriot way is a concept Tedy Bruschi believes everyone should adhere to.

“This was just incredibly stupid, if you ask me,” Bruschi told Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio Thursday morning. “I mean, you’re twittin’ [sic] MRI picture, X-rays, you’re giving other teams intimate knowledge of your playing ability. Incredibly dumb.

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Tedy Bruschi Gives the Patriots’ Four Rules for Speaking to the Media

The Patriots are notoriously aloof with the media. You don’t find them sparking controversies during the season through a war of words, and there are reasons why: they’re taught how to address the media. Sure there are slip-ups here and there, but for the most part, the Patriots are like schooled soldiers when it comes to media dealings. Former Patriot Tedy Bruschi explained on NFL Live the four most important points Bill Belichick emphasized for how his players should deal with the media. Mike Reiss transcribed them, and we got them from Pro Football Talk. Here’s the list:

1. Speak for yourself. “That’s something Coach Belichick always said — ‘Don’t worry about anyone else’s situation, on another team or your team, always think about your job, doing your job, and commenting on that.”

2. Never talk about injuries. “Never let them know if you’re hurt or not hurt.”

3. Pour on the perfume. “This is compliments. You want to spray that perfume on your opponent on Wednesday all the way through Saturday, and then get the job done on Sunday.”

4. Fall back on cliches. “When in doubt, use the old safe cliche. You love those — ‘100 percent’, ‘one day at a time.'”

I think we all could have guessed points 2-4 would be on the list, but I didn’t expect number one to be up there. I guess it’s easy to avoid problems if people are only speaking for themselves. One issue is that it’s easy to preach those points but much more difficult to follow them. Maybe Belichick is able to send his messages through punishments. Or maybe when people arrive to play for New England they learn to fall in line with the Patriot way. Or maybe the Pats do a lot of research on a player’s character before having him join the organization as a free agent or through a trade. I bet it’s a combination of all three factors at work, and it’s part of what makes the Pats such a consistently successful organization.

Thanks to Mike Reiss for the transcription.