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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  March 29, 2010 01:34 PM

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...That's what University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer did to Orlando Sentinel reporter Jeremy Fowler after upbraiding Fowler for a quote he used from Florida wide receiver Deonte Thompson that painted Tim Tebow's passing skills in a somewhat unflattering light.

Fowler quoted Thompson talking about the difference between Tebow and the Gators new quarterback, John Brantley, who is a more traditional drop-back passer than Tebow.

Good for Meyer for apologizing for his boorish and bullying behavior. It's understandable that the coach would want to stand up for his player, but he could have shown more tact. And telling Fowler, "You're a bad guy, man. You're a bad guy. If that was my son, we'd be going at it right now," was just ridiculous.

One has to wonder if the real issue here is defending Deonte Thompson or defending Tebow, who has been the subject of NFL debate and doubt due to his mechanics and throwing motion.

I believe it's far more the latter than the former and that's why Meyer made such a big deal about what Fowler wrote.

Tebow has millions of dollars on the line and the perception that his own receivers questioned his passing skills could cost him money. The last thing Meyer, who may harbor visions of an NFL future at some point, needs is to send another skill-position bust to the NFL like Chad Jackson.

But not even Meyer's buddy Bill Belichick, who has as much disdain for the media as any football coach, would make a public spectacle like Meyer did. Like Belichick would say, Meyer should have handled it in-house.
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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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