Patriots coach Bill Belichick last spoke to reporters Thursday morning, about seven hours before news came that the Patriots had acquired cornerback Aqib Talib from Tampa Bay at the NFL trading deadline.
There was no official announcement from the team on the deal, no quote from Belichick on what the former first-round pick might add to the secondary.
And at noon today, when he led off the weekly conference call with himself, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Belichick still wasn’t saying much about Talib.
Here’s the word-for-word transcript of the questions he got about Talib:
Q: What does Aqib Talib bring to the table for your team this season and what went into the thought process of that move?
BB: Right now really, our focus is on the Bills and the players that will be preparing for the game with the team and the players that are here at this time. We’ll take that as it comes. When he gets here, we’ll deal with that then.
Q: When is Aqib Talib eligible to show up?
BB: When the league allows him to; it’s a league suspension, it’s not in our control.
Q: What did you see in Aqib Talib that drew you to him and made you want to acquire him?
BB: I think he’s a good player. I think he can help our football team. That’s why we traded for him.
Q: How much does the work you guys did on him coming out in the draft in 2008 play a factor in the decision making process?
BB: I think that everything that you know about a player is somewhat of a factor. Whatever that whole composite is, or wherever all that information comes from, all put together and you try to boil it down based on everything, all the information that you have.
Q: Did you feel like your time in Tampa in the preseason helped you familiarize yourselves with him or were you focused on other things at that time?
BB: No, I’d say that’s part of the evaluation too, sure. Anything that you have is relevant, absolutely.
Patricia, as expected, didn’t shed any light on things either.
Q: What are some things that you think Aqib Talib might bring to the table? How do you anticipate using him once he is part of this team?
MP: I think we’re obviously going to focus on Buffalo and who is on the team right now. He’s a good player and when we get a chance to work with him, we will address those issues at the time. Right now, we’re just really pushing ahead on Buffalo.
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