Tim Tebow Press Conference Transcript, 06.13.12

June 12, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) during New York Jets Minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Here is the complete transcript of Tim Tebow's remarks following Wednesday's New York Jets mini-camp practice session.

On how it has been learning a new offense...
It has been fun. It has been good. (I'm) just enjoying it. (I'm) still learning the offense - trying to get everything down whether I am in there or not.

On if there has been a learning curve...
Everyday it's been something new, from learning the offense, understanding coaches - building relationships with them, how you interact (with them), how they handle practice, the drills that we do. Everything has been somewhat of a learning curve, but it has been a lot of fun. I have enjoyed it every day and I am looking forward to the future as well.

On if he was worried about his relationship with Mark Sanchez before he got here...
We have been cool for a long time. He is a great guy and obviously we go out there and compete hard in everything we do, but we have a great relationship. It really helps when you are rooting for the other guy as well. I know I am rooting for him and I believe that he is rooting for me, whether that is in the weight room, classroom, locker room or on the practice field, I think that really helps the relationship.

On if he is purchasing a home in Northport, Long Island...
I can deny (that). I have never been there. It is just another one of those rumors like, "I am living in Hoboken."

On if he is anxious to see what kind of plays the Jets are going to put in for him...
Not really. I am just excited right now about learning this offense and getting it down 100% before we move on and throw some other things in there. I think I have to remain focused right now and try to understand the offense. When you have the whole offense down, it is easy to tweak things and work around everything.

On if he feels like the offense is struggling...
Not really. I really feel like as an offense, we have done a good job of understanding and grasping the offense every day. We are pretty much through everything now. Now will kind of be our second time going through the plays. I feel like we continue to get better. I really feel like the last few days we have had pretty good days and done pretty well. You just have to continue and be consistent as Coach Sparano always says.

On having the fans out today...
It was fun. It is great having them out there. We are so busy throughout practice, it is hard to always get out there and see them. They were definitely passionate.

On playing for Coach Sparano and learning his offense...
I think it is fun. Coach Sparano is someone that is very passionate and very excited out there at practice. He is going to let you know when you do it well and he is going to let you know when you do it badly. That is what you want out of a coach. You always know where you stand. It is just fun, because every day regardless of what drill or what you are doing, he is into it 100% and that is fun to see.

On if he has learned anything this spring from playing alongside Sanchez...
I think I have learned something new every day. Whether that is something (with) fundamentals, whether it is something we are learning as an offense, whether it is something we are learning about our defense. Every day is a learning opportunity and I try to get better every single day.

On starting in Denver and then becoming a back-up...
One of my favorite quotes is, ‘I don't know what my future holds but I know who holds my future.' That is something that gives me peace and comfort in whatever situation I am in and whatever circumstances are thrown my way. That is how I try to handle everything. I am not too worried about being the man; I am just worried about being the best man I can be.

On Jets West...
It will be fun. We will have a good time. We will enjoy it. We will go throw it around and hang out and try to get a little bit better.

On how everything has been with the Jets compared to what he expected...
Well, I did not know what to expect to be honest with you. But it has been fun. It has been a great time. From the six weeks or whatever we had in the weight room, to the OTA session, and now to the mini-camp, it has been fun. In our meeting today, we were going over plays from our first practice and Mark and I looked at each other and where like, ‘Gosh, that seemed like forever ago that we have been doing this,' and it has only been four weeks. We have had a good time and it has gone by very fast.

On Dustin Keller winning the offensive offseason award over him...
He (Keller) does a great job in there, so good for him.

On the media attention...
Honestly, I try not to let it bother me one way or another. Really (there is) not too much I can do to control it and I just try to handle it the best I can.

On Tedy Bruschi's comments...
Someone mentioned something to me about it. To be honest, I just do what I'm told. I'm told on this day to talk to you so I'm going to talk to you. And to be honest, I just go about it however the Jets set it up. (I go by) the rules that they want us to follow, who they want us to talk to, who they don't want us to talk to. I don't get paid enough to make all those decisions. I just do what I'm told and try to do the best I can.

On speaking to the media and public...
Well, I don't know that I'm out there talking, I'm here talking to ya'll because that's what they want. So like I said, I just do what I'm told and try to make the most of it. So that's something that you'd figure that Bruschi would understand though, just that I just do whatever I'm asked to do.

On Bruschi's feeling that only the starting quarterback should speak...
I'm not sure. I think Bruschi's a guy that I've always respected and he always makes a lot of great points so I'm sure he had a great reason for it. But like I said, I'm just doing what I'm asked to do.

On Bruschi's comment about needing to disappear...
I don't know that I can help him with that. It would be pretty hard. (laughter)

On whether he wants more reps with the starters...
No, I think, one way you can look is to look at it with the group you're going with if you do a good job with them than you should do an even better job with the ones. So that's how I look at it, from a positive standpoint. And if you're able to communicate with protections, with the routes, with the players, and the twos, who are usually a lot of young guys, then you know if you get to the ones, it just should get easier from there.

On whether he ran with the ones at training camp last year...
Last year, in Denver? No.

On only getting in one rep today...
(I got) two (laughs), two.

On how it felt to get a rep in...
It felt the same, I'm just playing football. I didn't really feel any (different).

On whether it was a surprise to get a rep in...
No, not really. Coach Ryan does that every now and then, just kind of throws you in there. I don't know that it's necessarily planned, I think it's just a feel thing, however (practice is) going. So, the last two plays, (they) threw me in there and I tried to make the most of them.

On whether people should read into the reps he got today...
I don't think so, I don't.

On learning the team dynamic...
I think I'm continuing to do that. I think, overall I'm still pretty young here as a Jet, and so I'm still learning every day. Just from the chemistry in the locker room, I feel like I'm gaining a great relationship with a lot of guys in this locker room. But they're still understanding. Still getting to know guys, from coaches, to players, to front office, so it's still pretty new.

On the locker room dynamic...
You hear all this stuff from the locker room (but this) locker room has been great. It's been a locker room that's been supportive of one another. It's been a locker room that's been encouraging one another. It's been phenomenal.

On getting reps with the starters...
Whatever I'm asked to do, I'm going to do it. I mean, you're running the same plays, I'm still getting timing with those receivers from routes out there, and 7-on-7's sometimes and certain things. So, just whatever I'm asked to do, that's what I'm going to do with all my heart.

On what he heard about the locker room prior to being a Jet...
I mean, yeah, you do hear about certain things. But since I've been here, it's been great. The guys have been encouraging from offense, defense, special teams, regardless. It's been a great locker room.

On working on mechanics...
Yeah, I mean (I am working on that) every day - trying to get a little bit better with my mechanics, with my fundamentals, with timing, rhythm, all those things and understanding the offense. I feel like I am getting better every single day. I feel like I've made a lot of strides, a lot of improvements through this OTA, mini-camp time and hopefully I'll continue that through training camp.

On improving his throwing motion....
I think to improve, that's always a possibility. I think that's what we're trying to do every single day and that's something that I'm trying to do as a quarterback, improvement and I believe I am doing that.

On his level of muscle memory...
You throw it, you do anything enough a new way, and you'll learn it.

On whether the Jets approach to mechanics is different than what he has done in the past...
Well, I was doing a lot of work before I actually became a Jet and then that kind of carried over into my work with Coach Cav (Matt Cavanaugh) and Coach (Tony) Sparano. And I think that will continue for a long time. I feel like we've made a lot of strides and we're continuing to improve every single day.

On whether he will disrupt the offense...
I'll try not to do anything to disrupt the offense too badly. (laughter) I am left-handed. There's not really too much I can do about that. And as far as running, I am trying to work on sealing the pocket, everything that Coach Cav, Coach Sparano are working on with me. But they're also, when everything breaks down, they like me to try and be an athlete and make plays every now and then. Like the second to last one in the scrimmage, they don't discourage that at all either.

On whether being left-handed is disruptive to a defense...

I don't think so. I don't know. You're blind side is different. So usually, they put their best (rusher) in at right end for the left tackle so you get to see them coming more. Maybe that could be an advantage, but for the most part, I feel like it's pretty similar.

On if he has been attending special teams meetings...
Not all of them. I go to some. I more just meet specifically with Coach Ben (Kotwica) and Westy (Mike Westhoff) when he gets healthy and gets back.

On whether Coach Westhoff has called from home...
No, he hasn't called me.

On a target weight...
I've talked to them a little bit about it. They just want me to just be athletic. But I feel like I'm at a good weight right now.

On whether he is at a similar weight to when he was at Denver...
No, I weighed in at 249 (pounds) today and played about 240, 242 (in Denver).

On the added weight...
Yeah, I'm not sure, but I'll probably play at about 250 this year.

On whether the weight gain was for running purposes...
No, I just feel like I'm just training hard and just trying to be in shape and be strong enough to handle anything, but also fast enough to be able to run around a little bit as well.

On whether it's the heaviest he's been in his life...
Yes.

On the opinions of Jets' fans...
I think if they're a Jets fan, hopefully they'll be rooting for me. And I'll do whatever I can to help this team win football games. I'll give my heart and soul whenever I step on that field and even when I'm on the sidelines. And at the end of the day, that's all you can really ask of someone.

On his helmet...
No, I tease the rest of the quarterbacks. I actually wear a helmet and they wear the (same helmet as the) kickers. (joking) But, no, I've always worn that helmet since I was in college so I don't think I'm going to switch right now. (laughter)

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