Bill Belichick doesn’t “know anything” about Stephon Gilmore trade rumors

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Rumors have emerged regarding the possibility of the Patriots trading cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Coach Bill Belichick was asked about the rumors on Wednesday.

As usual, Belichick didn’t have much to say.

“Yeah, I don’t know anything about those,” Belichick said.

Some think there’s reason to consider it because there’s been some slippage in his play, and because Belichick has a long history of moving on from a player one year too early than one year too late.

“Steph works hard,” Belichick said regarding Gilmore’s performance in single coverage against the other team’s best receiver. “He’s always ready to go. We’ve changed up what he does based on our game plan and who we’re matched up against, the team we’re playing that particular week. But he’s a very flexible player that understands what we’re trying to do and how it all fits together and works hard to do his part in it.”

At times (like against the Seahawks and receiver DK Metcalf), Gilmore has struggled in single coverage. Belichick was asked whether other teams are attacking Gilmore this year.

“I don’t know,” Belichick said. “I think you’d have to ask those teams what their game plan was and all that, but he’s in single coverage a lot. The teams we play, they’ve thrown the ball to a lot of different people. So I don’t know. I wouldn’t say it’s going to any one particular guy.”

Regardless, some will wonder whether Belichick is willing to move Gilmore now, getting what he can before any potential decline in Gilmore’s play becomes more obvious. With the Lions becoming uncharacteristic buyers as the trade deadline approaches, maybe they’ll make a move for the 2019 NFL defensive player of the year.

20 responses to “Bill Belichick doesn’t “know anything” about Stephon Gilmore trade rumors

  1. Bill Belicheck is replying with his version of “It doesn’t look like anything to me.” I don’t believe him.

  2. A player doesn’t go from DPOY to “washed up” in a single season. Why can’t we remember, it’s a team game. Pats aren’t as good, had several players opt out, and therefore Gilmore isn’t as good. It’s not rocket science.

  3. I’m pretty sure it is not a case of him not knowing a lot, but rather just not wanting to share the knowledge. This not a new trait with Belichick.

  4. Any Bills fan can tell you that Gilmore is quick to give up on his team if he wants to be traded. Not saying that’s happening now, but it might be. Or his skills might actually be in decline at this point.

  5. Trade bait for a quality quarterback. Cam is regressing and Stidham and Hoyer would struggle making a high school team. Both are awful.

  6. If they could snag a first rounder, I’d be all over it. They still have a great cornerback group. They would be huge players in the free agent market, and a shot at an elite rookie QB.

  7. Get something for him while you can, there isn’t a player on the offense any team has to gameplan for.

  8. After seeing how Brady is playing with his new team and seeing how poorly the Patriots are playing without Brady, maybe it’s time to admit that Brady was the one most responsible for the Patriots success.

  9. When it comes to giving a straight or truthful answer, Bill Belichick is the NFL’s version of Sergeant Schultz.
    He knows nothing. NOTH-ING!

  10. Funny how “Belichick is playing chess again”? No. He knows his team sucks, they might end up under.500, and he’d trade his mother for a draft pick, if another team agreed.

  11. Brady is playing better with Tampa because their roster is better. They have invested a ton of money into it whereas the Pats lost a lot of players to opt outs, injuries, and free agency. It happens. TB saw this and made a decision to be like Lebron and bail on the roster. It isn’t like it was a hard decision. He wants to win now and the Pats, realistically, are a couple years away right now. We have to face facts that Brady, as a HOF QB, made the team better. Unless you get lucky, you don’t replace that immediately.

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