Sometimes Bill Belichick sees something in a player -- both on and off the field -- that makes him want to have him around the team. In Flutie's case, there was great respect for his competitiveness and history in the game, and how he'd fit in the quarterbacks room with Tom Brady and rookie Matt Cassel.
In Tebow's case, he'll join a quarterback room with Brady and third-year player Ryan Mallett. Similar to how he viewed Flutie, Belichick has great respect for Tebow's approach to the game and his team-first approach, and it makes sense to think he'd view that as a positive addition to the locker room. Just as Flutie was the No. 3 quarterback in 2005, Tebow is currently in line to compete for the same type of role after the club released No. 3 man Mike Kafka on Monday (note: the Patriots kept just 2 QBs on the 53-man roster last year, so Tebow is no roster lock).
The difference, of course, is that Tebow potentially brings a media circus that Flutie never did.
I always thought that Belichick would take great satisfaction in bringing Tebow aboard -- even for a month or two -- and squashing the media circus. If Tebow was willing to submerge his ego and all the attention that has followed him in Denver and New York, and put the Patriots first, it would represent one of the strongest endorsements of the team-first approach that Belichick has preached and stressed since becoming head coach in 2000.
Belichick often says that when a team signs a player, it gets everything that comes with him -- on and off the field. With Tebow, he brings a media crush unlike any other.
Watch now as Belichick takes pleasure in extinguishing it.