Bill Belichick addresses Josh Gordon trade in Belichickian manner
Bill Belichick on Thursday finally addressed this week’s acquisition of Josh Gordon. And in typical Belichickian manner, the New England Patriots head coach made sure not to say anything of any substance.
“I think everybody feels like this is a talented player, we’ll see how it goes,” Belichick told Scott Zolak of Gordon during “Coffee with the Coach” on Patriots.com.
Belichick’s one-sentence reply certainly was not as expansive as Tom Brady’s thoughts on the trade from earlier in the week. Although it’s not like Brady revealed much in his comments, either. Further, Belichick’s brief response certainly lacked the whimsical nature of what Rob Gronkowski told the media about the Gordon acquisition.
Given that Belichick would not even enter into a discussion with the media on Wednesday about anything concerning the Gordon trade, Thursday’s comments were about as much as anyone should have reasonably expected out of the notoriously tight-lipped Patriots coach.
Belichick’s refusal to address the trade during Wednesday’s presser gave rise to a surreal scene. Even though Gordon ultimately practiced with the team on the same day — not to mention the trade had hit the transaction wire — Belichick had nothing to say on the matter, arguing the deal was not yet official at the time.
“There are terms that have to be met before the trade is finalized,” Belichick said Wednesday, via CBS Boston. “And when those are completed, then we’ll have a completed trade. And until they’re completed, then I’m not going to get into it.”
It turns out the delay, as it were, had to do with removing the conditional terms of the seventh-round pick the Patriots will receive in the trade. The Browns will still receive a fifth-rounder from the Patriots in the deal.
All that said, Belichick is scheduled to address the media on Friday. It will be interesting to see if the coach goes into any further detail about Gordon. It would not take much.