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His supporters argue that Tebow was impressive in Denver. But that came in a run-option attack developed by coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. They went that route because their other choice was the faltering Kyle Orton, not Tom Brady.

Tebow might have a comfort zone with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who, while coaching Denver, drafted Tebow 25th overall in 2010. Then again, Tebow did little under McDaniels before the Broncos fired him, and only flourished under Fox/McCoy. And only for a half-season or so.

Many others, including people directly involved in the NFL, say he lacks the skills to be a pro QB.

There never seems to be a middle ground when it comes to Tebow.

It should be stressed, too, that Belichick has worked some successful reclamations throughout his 13-plus years in New England. Randy Moss and Corey Dillon both brought lots more baggage to the Patriots than does the diligent, team-oriented Tebow. Moss became an All-Pro again and Dillon a 1,600-yard rusher.

Revitalizing Tebow as a Patriot would be a direct arrow through the heart of the archrival Jets, especially after the grand experiment fell apart last year.

Belichick has never cared about popular opinion. Or being popular, for that matter. Which is why this most unlikely of pairings might turn out to be the right fit.