August 11, 2013

Patriots quarterbacks: One's the star, the other's still trying

Tom Brady is the unquestioned leader of the New England Patriots, and Tim Tebow is just looking to keep his job.

By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press

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Tim Tebow, Tom Brady
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Tom Brady, left, recognizes that Tim Tebow is no threat with the New England Patriots, and is happy to give the former Heisman Trophy winner any help he can in learning the offense.

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Having McDaniels in New England as offensive coordinator provides Tebow with a comfort zone.

When Tebow spent part of a night-time practice on special teams, McDaniels suggested it was a chance for Tebow "just to go out there and take advantage of the opportunities that he has." Then he added, "He's putting in a lot of time and effort into trying to improve his individual skill set to play the position of quarterback in our offense."

That's where Brady has been something of a mentor, albeit in meetings and film sessions more so than on the field. Because Brady recognizes Tebow is no threat to him, he can be totally accommodating with words of wisdom.

"I think for the most part it could be a read here and there, but it's also just watching him, seeing how he handles himself, how he operates this offense and how he runs it. There's a lot that I can pick up from him," Tebow says.

Still, they have little in common, which is magnified on the field. Tebow is a left-hander, Brady a righty. Those southpaw tosses tend to sail in many directions, although Tebow has thrown more pinpoint passes this preseason than he did in his entire stay with the Jets.

Brady's practice throws nearly always are on the money.

Although Tebow was a mammoth success in college ball, he's just trying to hang on in the NFL in his fourth pro season. Brady won his second of three Super Bowl rings in his fourth NFL season.

There is one link that is obvious to everyone -- teammates, coaches, fans, media.

Their diligence.

"He works hard at everything he does," Brady says of Tebow. "He has a very professional approach and wants to improve."

Adds Tebow: "He's someone that's great to be around because he's been one of the best for a long time, and he's still doing extra. He's still working hard.

"He still has that edge and that's awesome to be able to see."

Tebow says he and Brady spent plenty of time together in meetings and talk about non-football matters, too. McDaniels is certain that Tebow is filling those conversations with questions.

"I think Tim probably picks everybody's brain," McDaniels said.

"I'm not sure exactly the volume of questions that he asks per day, but I'm sure Tom probably puts a strict limit on that."


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