Bill Belichick to “evaluate the entire situation” when Josh Gordon returns

AP

Patriots coach Bill Belichick really knows how to roll out the red carpet.

The Patriots released a statement from Belichick after the reinstatement of wide receiver Josh Gordon, and it’s about as Belichickian as you’d imagine.

“For the past eight months, Josh’s situation has been entirely a league matter,” he said. “When Josh returns to our program, we will evaluate the entire situation and do what we feel is best for Josh and the team.”

As statements go, it was slightly less upbeat than the one that came from the league yesterday. Commissioner Roger Goodell said: “We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally. Everyone shares in that hope and will continue to support him to every extent possible. But as Josh acknowledged, ultimately his success is up to him.”

If the Patriots can get Gordon up to speed quickly and he can stay eligible, he could provide a major lift to their passing game. Gordon can join the team this week, and is expected to attend their next preseason game but not play in it.

24 responses to “Bill Belichick to “evaluate the entire situation” when Josh Gordon returns

  1. That’s really the only sensible statement he could have made. He really is one of the few, if not the only, coaches in the league that never says anything stupid.

  2. It’s how he answers questions like that, evaluate and do what’s best for the team. That’s SOP. Why would anyone expect a different answer?

  3. If Gordon makes the roster it will be at the expense of a young receiver who won’t clear waivers.

    Given Gordon’s history, that isn’t a slam dunk

  4. Not up on this rule, nut the Pats may get some sort of roster exemption for JGordon, since his reinstatement is conditional

  5. It would be great if he can come back and contribute but his history is firmly against him. More than player I want him to succeed in his fight against his drug use. Football is great but life is better.

  6. HMMmmm… should I work hard and get a ton of glory and a $50M contract OR smoke some crack!?! Tough decision…

  7. Gordon already came in last year mid season, nursing a hamstring injury and clearly gassed at times, yet he was still the best wr on the field most of the time and made some crucial catches. Hell, Tom Brady trusted him enough to just lob it up there to him after, what? One practice? This is Bill giving us a classic coach speak quote. If Gordon is clean he’ll be out there day 1 vs. the Steelers.

  8. kvvvv2391 says:
    August 17, 2019 at 2:25 pm
    HMMmmm… should I work hard and get a ton of glory and a $50M contract OR smoke some crack!?! Tough decision…
    ————————-
    Crack?!?

  9. bennettstlsf says:
    August 17, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Crack?!?
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    I dunno about crack, but read the article about Gordon. Its more than weed and alcohol with him.

    From the documentary/SI article:

    “I’ve used alcohol on many, many occasions, Xanax on many occasions, cocaine several occasions, marijuana most of my life, codeine, cough syrup, methazine is very prevalent where I’m from,” Gordon says. “It’s what I grew up using.”

  10. billymutt says:
    August 17, 2019 at 1:02 pm
    That’s really the only sensible statement he could have made. He really is one of the few, if not the only, coaches in the league that never says anything stupid
    +++++++++++++++++
    Also one of the only who has been caught cheating multiple times and hasn’t been kicked out the league.
    #lookitup

  11. Its a one year contract i think josh will be available for the whole year looking to cash in after the season.

  12. vaphinfan says:
    August 17, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Also one of the only who has been caught cheating multiple times and hasn’t been kicked out the league.
    #lookitup
    —————————————————————–
    All that “cheating” nonsense has been debunked countless times. At this point what you call “cheating” is just drivel being repeated by jealous parrots.

    Some people will never be able to understand that there is no disadvantage to moving a camera with a zoom lens back 25 feet. Even the stolen draft pick didn’t stop the domination.

    Some people will never be able to understand 7th grade science. The NFL spent considerable effort convincing dimwits to believe that someone let air out of footballs. The NFL then hid the PSI data from the 2015 season because science doesn’t lie.

    That PSI data would show footballs of all 32 teams dropping PSI during cold weather games. The NFL knew that even the even patriot haters might just be smart enough to wonder how one person could let air out of footballs in multiple stadiums at the same time.
    #parrots

  13. BB is sending the message to Gordon that he needs to clean his act up and not screw up or he’s gone. Which is what BB should do. For Gordon’s sake, I hope he gets his stuff together and does not relapse. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he fell off the wagon. Last year the Patriots had their security keep watch on Gordon 24/7 and he still slipped away and got high. It was that high he got busted on with a drug test. Some addicts are so driven to get high that they don’t think about what it costs them in terms of lost income, broken relationships, incarceration, etc. I’m wondering if the root of Gordon’s problem with drugs is a mental health issue that needs to be dealt with. I believe that the symptoms of depression, particularly bi-polar, drive people to drugs for relief. But, what the hell do I know. I’m not educated in psychiatric issues but it’s a gut feeling I have based on years of observation from a few people that I know who have struggled with drugs and mental health issues.

  14. I wonder if it’s actually a thing, to be the first guy to get him to go off his 2 word script.

    Great coach who understandably despises the media and treats them deservedly like mushrooms.

    And Mort is still an unrepentant, duplicitous puppet and is without honor.

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