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Here's how far Mike Vrabel would go to win a Super Bowl

Here's how far Mike Vrabel would go to win a Super Bowl

Mike Vrabel is a three-time Super Bowl champion, but apparently he'd do some drastic (and painful) things to win another.

The Titans head coach and former Patriots linebacker made a bold statement on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast with Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan and former Tennessee linebacker Will Compton. Lewan asked Vrabel if he'd ever "cut his d--- off" for a Super Bowl, and his answer was both hilarious and disturbing.

"Been married 20 years. Yeah, probably," he said. "She’d be like do you want me to do it? Do you want to do it now?"

You can watch the exchange here.

It's admirable of Vrabel to still have the same drive after winning Super Bowls with New England in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Of course, winning as a head coach is a completely different kind of accomplishment, but we don't want to know what the 43-year-old would have done to win his first overall championship.

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Bill Belichick seemed to enjoy shutting down these Josh Gordon questions

Bill Belichick seemed to enjoy shutting down these Josh Gordon questions

We all knew Bill Belichick would be asked about Josh Gordon on Monday. We also knew he wouldn't say much about the reinstated wide receiver.

What we didn't know was that Belichick would turn into a standup comedian (by his standards, anyway).

The New England Patriots head coach first was asked in his Monday press conference if Gordon was in good spirits after being reinstated from his indefinite suspension over the weekend.

"I released a statement on that," Belichick snapped. "I have nothing to add on that."

When another Gordon question followed, Belichick repeated his answer, before turning a mischievous grin on the reporter who dared to press further.

"Did you get a copy of the statement? Sorry, I don't do MyFace, but I'd be happy to give you a copy. That's where I'm at."

Belichick's statement didn't provide much detail on Gordon, only noting the Patriots will "do what we feel is best for Josh and the team" when he returns. But we still don't know when Gordon will return to the Patriots' roster, as he was placed on the non-football injury list Sunday.

NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry asked Belichick about that uncertainty -- and was met with another wisecrack.

"He hasn't even been on the field yet. I think I've covered it," Belichick said.

" ... Is there another line of questioning, or can the witness step down now?"

Belichick likely will continue to field questions on Gordon until the talented wideout returns to the field. But at least the grumpy head coach is having some fun with his non-answers.

You can check out Belichick's exchanges in the video below, starting at around the 2:05 mark:

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Stephon Gilmore aptly captures Bill Belichick's insane attention to detail

Stephon Gilmore aptly captures Bill Belichick's insane attention to detail

Those best equipped to describe Bill Belichick's football genius are the players he shares that genius with.

Take it from Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who's developed into one of the best defensive backs in the league since coming to New England in 2016.

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr, Gilmore recalled a detail Belichick shared with him prior to a 2018 game that may go overlooked on other coaching staffs.

"He said, ‘When the ball is traveling in this certain direction, the wind is blowing hard enough where you should probably trail the receiver just a little bit because the ball isn’t going that deep,' " Gilmore told Orr.

"I mean, nobody looks at those kinds of things. It’s the little things like that. You listen to him."

Gilmore seemingly reaped the benefits of Belichick's extra insight, too. As Orr points out, both of Gilmore's interceptions in 2018 came in outdoor stadiums -- Week 1 vs. Houston Texans, Week 11 at New York Jets -- on underthrown deep balls. (You can see them at the 0:01 and 6:17 marks of the video below).

 

Gilmore's anecdote shouldn't surprise you: Belichick is famous for leaving no stone unturned and makes a habit of surveying the field several hours before a game to gauge everything from wind speed to field conditions to the position of the sun.

But every once in a while, a player like Gilmore gives us a reminder that Belichick's relentless preparation hasn't changed as he enters his 20th season as Patriots head coach.

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