Belichick, Gailey talk Tebow

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills are the two AFC East clubs reported to be conducting private workouts with University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

With all of the AFC coaches present for a media breakfast Tuesday morning at the NFL owners meetings, we had a chance to ask Chan Gailey and Bill Belichick what they thought.

Tebow is a curious prospect. He's among the all-time greatest college football players, but many scouts and analysts are skeptical his skills will translate to the NFL because of his awkward mechanics and lack of exposure to pro-style quarterbacking.

"He's got every intangible that you'd ever want in a quarterback," Gailey said. "The bottom line on him is, 'Is his delivery going to keep him from being able to play? How much work is there to be done yet?' ... If you go with the delivery he had he will really struggle in this league."

Last week, Tebow showed off revamped passing mechanics at Florida's pro day, his first display since the Senior Bowl in January. Tebow didn't throw at the NFL scouting combine last month.

Gailey said he hadn't seen film of that workout yet, but Belichick sounded impressed.

"I think it's obvious that within the last six weeks that he's worked on his mechanics, and they've improved, which is a credit to him," Belichick said. "He's very coachable, and he works very hard. I'm sure that whatever he feels he needs to do, he'll work very hard at, whatever that is. Athletically, he tested very well at the combine, which you can see on the field."

Some analysts contend Tebow's professional future will depend on learning a new position such as tight end or H-back. Gailey sees that as a possible evolution for Tebow.

"I think guys can do that," Gailey said. "I don't think that's an issue. Quarterbacks normally are good athletes and smart. Them moving to another position isn't an issue normally if they have the makeup to do that physically and if they want to. There's a bunch of guys that only want to play quarterback."

Tebow has told teams he will play whatever position his team tells him to play.

"My sense of Tim Tebow is that if you asked him to play nose, he'd play nose," Belichick said. "I think he's that kind of kid. Whatever you ask him to do, I think he'd do."