Friday press conferences in Foxborough are generally reserved for last-minute thoughts about the upcoming opponent or Bill Belichick history lessons given his vast array of experience.
But this week was different due to Thursday's news regarding Josh Gordon and his violation of the league's policy on substance abuse, which will take him out of the equation for the Patriots offense for the remainder of the season.
Belichick opened his press conference with the following remarks:
"I spoke to Josh yesterday morning, as I have several times since he's been here, and it's obviously an unfortunate situation," he began. "Personally, I wish him the very best, as we all do on this team. He's made a statement, the organization has made a statement, the league has made a statement. I've spoken with him at length over the last three months. I don't really have anything to add to that. It's a private matter and hopefully he's able to deal with it successfully."
And with that Belichick turned his attention back to the Bills. There were several Gordon-related topics mentioned, but most failed to generate much response from the coach.
"I have nothing to add to it," Belichick said when asked when he found out about Gordon's situation.
As for the offense that is left behind, the coach expressed faith.
"We have a lot of good players who have contributed and performed well for us," Belichick said. "We have a lot of confidence in them and the team."
Belichick was asked a handful of other questions regarding the offense, but offered similarly brief remarks.