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Belichick's comments on Josh Gordon from Wednesday's press conference

Belichick's comments on Josh Gordon from Wednesday's press conference

Question: So, when you say you’re still working through some transactions, we should not ask about Josh Gordon?

Bill Belichick: You can ask. I can’t – we’ll talk about it when it’s done, if it’s done, when it’s done.

Q: So, that transaction is not yet done even though it was on the wire yesterday?

BB: That’s correct.

Q: What is still pending in the process?

BB: The finish of the trade.

Q: What’s the last step that has to be made so it’s done?

BB: I guess it has to be finalized, Tom [Curran]. I guess that would do it.

Q: I’ll sign off on it.

BB: That’s one of the key steps we’ve been waiting for. I’ll make sure everybody knows that. Maybe that can expedite it by a few minutes. 

Q: Can we ask you generally about Gordon as a player previously?

BB: No, I’m not going to talk about players that are not actually, I would say, on our roster totally. So, when that happens, it happens, if it happens.

Q: Since the trade was on the wire, wasn’t it finalized?

BB: There are terms that have to be met before the trade is finalized, 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.

Q: Did you have a chance to meet with Gordon?

BB: Any other questions?

Later in the press conference...

Q: I remember in 2004 or 2005, it was reported widely that you were about to sign Jamal Anderson. That ended up not happening. So when you say you’re not talking about Gordon until it’s finalized, I understand where you’re coming from. Is that more related to why you don’t want to talk about this transaction or because you don’t want the conversation about him?

BB: If and when it happens, I’m happy to talk about it. It’s not completed. So, I don’t understand how we don’t understand that. When it’s completed, it’s completed. If it’s not completed, it’s not completed. And right now, it’s not completed. So, next question.

Q: The reason we don’t understand is because we’ve been out there talking about it for three days and everyone thinks it’s happening, but the person that matters says it’s not.

BB: I’m not saying it’s not going to happen, I’m just saying it’s not completed. It’s a process, and when we’re through with the process, then great. We’re in another situation. Right now, we’re not through the process.

Q: Is this more of an indictment on some of the wide receivers that you have or a testament to the hypothetical opportunity of bringing Gordon in here?

BB: I’d say neither.

NFL MVP Odds: Tom Brady behind these five players in updated rankings

NFL MVP Odds: Tom Brady behind these five players in updated rankings

Tom Brady has received at least one NFL Most Valuable Player vote in each of the past five seasons. That streak is in serious jeopardy of ending.

The New England Patriots quarterback has put up pedestrian numbers (by his standards, anyway) through 10 games this season. As a result, he's pretty far down the leaderboard in the latest NFL MVP odds, which OddsShark shared Wednesday morning.

Drew Brees currently is the odds-on MVP favorite, and with good reason. The New Orleans Saints quarterback boasts the NFL's best passer rating (126.9) and an absurd 76.9 completion percentage for a 9-1 club with Super Bowl aspirations.

Kansas City Chiefs phenom Patrick Mahomes could give Brees a run for his money, though, as he's currently on pace to become just the third QB ever to throw 50 or more touchdown passes in a season.

The Los Angeles Rams quarterback/running back duo of Jared Goff and Todd Gurley are next on the list, while Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck also has better MVP odds than Brady.

The 41-year-old QB hardly is being disrespected here; he ranks outside the NFL's top 10 in every major statistical QB category with the exception of pass attempts.

Then again, you could argue Brady is a pretty strong value bet, as he and the Patriots traditionally play their best football late in the season and have four games remaining against mediocre AFC East opponents.

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NFL Films' feature shows Belichick's tender side and yes, fashion sense

NFL Films' feature shows Belichick's tender side and yes, fashion sense

Bill Belichick - famously outfitted in a ragged hoodie with cutoff sleeves - dispensing fashion advice?

It happened long ago in Cleveland and it's actually a touching story that's part of the NFL Films' feature "Son of Zeus" about Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr.

Brown's father, Orlando, who died in 2011, played for Belichick with the Browns. The coach recalled the story of Brown's rookie year when Belichick ordered his players to wear jackets and ties on all road trips and as the first one approached, Brown came to his coach with a problem. Watch the clip below:   

The gruff coach's seldom-seen tender - and funny - side is on display. And he can look good in a suit and tie, too.

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