|Matt Light on Tim Tebow: ‘If it happened here, they’d be doing same thing’||12.14.11 at 2:03 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Left tackle Matt Light has been around long enough to know a thing or two about quarterback sensations. He’s been around Tom Brady since No. 12 broke onto the scene in 2001.
He saw his meteoric rise and his ability to play at an extraordinary level in the game’s biggest moments.
With the Tim Tebow craze getting bigger and bigger with every passing fourth-quarter comeback for the Broncos, Light brought some perspective on what Tebow’s been able to accomplish.
“You win that many games and put your team in position to do what they’ve been able to do, I think if it happened here, they’d be doing the same thing,” Light said. “Obviously, he’s gotten things straightened out over there and put them in a really good position.
“I think you have to go out there and prove it, first off, and they’ve obviously been able to do that. They’ve been in a lot of close games. You gain a lot of confidence and build a lot of camaraderie and everything else when you win those close games, especially the overtime games, the three overtime wins and all that stuff. I think it’s just a matter of going out there and doing it and they’ve done it.”
Just like Brady in 2001?
“I can’t remember that far back. I’ve been hit a lot, repetitively,” said Light with a sarcastically dry wit.
Light has his own priorities this week, like protecting yet another impressive pass rush. This is time it’s Denver’s duo of defensive end Elvis Dumervil and rookie linebacker Von Miller.
“They’re good players, no doubt. Von, for a rookie, came in and is a pretty talented guy,” Light said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us.”
Light said the large number of quality pass rushers this season doesn’t faze him.
“From my point of view, it’s been that way for roughly 11 seasons,” Light joked.
Belichick praised Light Wednesday for his play this season in protecting Brady’s blind side.
“Matt has played very well,” Belichick said. “He’s had a solid year. He missed a little bit of that first week of training camp but after that, he’s done everything that everybody else has done. Real experienced player that’s seen a lot of football, seen a lot of good guys out there, competed well. Matt works really hard every week to be ready to go. He’s a very good competitor, smart guy, has good technique, has a lot of experience out there. We’ll need it this week. Those guys, they do a good job.”
“I’m healthy so I’m happy about that,” Light said, before giving props to his linemates Brian Waters, Logan Mankins, Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder. “I’ve got a great crew. Old man B-Waters and my trusty sidekick Logan and all those guys and the guys who has filled in at center. They’ve all done a phenomenal job. Sea Bass and Nate, those guys are playing real well right now. It’s a fun room to be in right now.”
Told that he looks strong and no worse for wear, Light joked before heading off the weight room to work on chest and biceps.
“Yeah, thanks, but my face says it all,” Light said.
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