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January 9, 2013 | Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - To hear Bill Belichick glumly address reporters on Monday, you'd think the Houston Texans blew New England out in the regular season - and not the other way around. "There were several things in that game that went our way, but I don't think that's really that significant at this point," the Patriots coach said in a conference call. "I don't think you can overanalyze that game. " The Patriots beat the Texans, 42-14, on Dec. 10, when Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes.
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January 14, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
If not for a goal-line stand in November, perhaps the Indianapolis Colts would be hosting the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game. Instead, Peyton Manning and the Colts will have to go into coach Bill Belichick's backyard when the former division rivals meet on Sunday afternoon. All that's on the line is a date in Super Bowl XXXVIII against either the Eagles or Carolina Panthers on Feb. 1 in Houston. New England, which owns the NFL's best record and a 13-game winning streak, is seeking its second Super Bowl title in three years under Belichick.
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February 1, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Rodney Harrison remembers watching the Eagles hooping and hollering before Super Bowl XXXIX and thinking that the first-timers would be gassed in the Jacksonville, Fla., humidity by the fourth quarter. "I remember pregame warm-ups, they're coming out and you see Brian Dawkins and all those guys and all the energy," Harrison said. "You see them jumping around hitting each other, and we're just kind of laid back, chilling, [saying], 'Look at these fools over there. They're going to wear themselves out.' "And you saw Donovan [McNabb]
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November 1, 2007
SHAME on Patriots coach Bill Belichick for running up the score in his team's 52-7 rout of the Redskins. With a comfortable lead in the second half, Belichick left star QB Tom Brady in the game along with talented receiver Randy Moss. There's a saying that applies to Belichick: "What goes around comes around. " Matt Engel Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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December 4, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
WHEN SAM BRADFORD walked off the field, carrying his left arm at an awkward angle, the Eagles were 4-4, and were holding a 16-13 third-quarter lead over the visiting Miami Dolphins. This week, Bradford will get back behind the wheel and try to drive the team out of a 4-7 ditch, at the 10-1 New England Patriots. The Eagles last won at New England in 1987. So. Welcome back! "Obviously, the last two weeks have been tough, but I think our effort and energy at practice this week has been great . . . It would be easy for us to hang our heads and get down and go through the motions out there, but that hasn't been the case at all," said Bradford, who told reporters he expects to play this week, barring any sort of setback.
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January 17, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AS WE WAIT to see how new Eagles coach Doug Pederson's Chiefs fare in Saturday's AFC divisional matchup against the Patriots, we can kill some of the time by pointing out that Andy Reid's assistants have outperformed Bill Belichick's assistants when they've moved on to head-coaching gigs. And, really, by pointing this out, all we are doing is killing time. In general, the branches off a coaching tree struggle to blossom. That because coaches in general tend to fail, which is why NFL owners hire new ones every year.
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November 21, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Steve Belichick, the father of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, died Saturday night of heart failure at the age of 86. "I coached this game with a heavy heart," Bill Belichick said after yesterday's 24-17 win over the Saints. "My dad passed away. I found out about it the middle of last night. " The elder Belichick, an Ohio native, played fullback with the Detroit Lions in 1941 and was an assistant coach at Navy for 33 years. He played college football at Case Western Reserve, and also coached at North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Hiram.
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September 4, 2007 | By JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO For the Daily News
Kyle Eckel received a call, almost out of the blue. It wasn't just any call, nor did it come from just anyone. The call for the two-time MVP of the Army-Navy game, who played for Episcopal Academy, was a personal invitation from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Eckel cleared waivers after being released by the Miami Dolphins on Friday, and Sunday evening got the call from Belichick to see if he had any interest in playing for the Patriots. The Pats have always liked Eckel.
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February 10, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell says his team's future rests firmly with coach Bill Belichick. After a second consecutive 7-9 season following a 6-10 season, Modell said yesterday he is optimistic about the team's direction under Belichick and predicted that fans who might have soured on the Browns "will be back when we start to win. " Modell said he is trying to look beyond the midway point of last season, when the Browns were 5-3 and...
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September 16, 2011 | BY TOM MAHON, mahont@phillynews.com
SOME BRONCOS fan are apparently planning to shell out $10,000 to rent billboard space in an effort to convince coach John Fox to replace quarterback Kyle Orton with Tim Tebow. Fans could be heard chanting "Tebow! Tebow!" in the second half of Monday night's loss to the Raiders. But the next day, Fox said Orton would remain the starter. "We were sitting around after Fox said he didn't hear the chants for Tebow, and we figured if he's deaf, we hope he's not blind," fan Jesse Oaks told the Denver Post . Oaks said he and seven friends were planning to use the money to go to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis, but decided instead to "better our team.
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January 22, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, Staff Writer
BRING ON the snow and bring on the conference championship games. Sunday's doubleheader is typically fascinating. Four great quarterbacks. All sorts of talented wide receivers. Denver's great defense. Carolina's great linebackers. Just hope the zebras don't get in the way. There are enough story lines in these games for a dozen daytime soap operas. Here are just a few: Patriots (13-4) at Broncos (13-4) Seeds: Patriots, AFC-2; Broncos, AFC-1. When: Sunday, 3:05 p.m. TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn)
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January 17, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AS WE WAIT to see how new Eagles coach Doug Pederson's Chiefs fare in Saturday's AFC divisional matchup against the Patriots, we can kill some of the time by pointing out that Andy Reid's assistants have outperformed Bill Belichick's assistants when they've moved on to head-coaching gigs. And, really, by pointing this out, all we are doing is killing time. In general, the branches off a coaching tree struggle to blossom. That because coaches in general tend to fail, which is why NFL owners hire new ones every year.
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December 11, 2015 | By Vegas Vic, For the Daily News
EAGLES (+1) over Bills "Uncle!!!" . . . Remember when you were arm wrestling back in the day and cried that to admit defeat? Kinda like tapping out in a UFC mixed martial arts match. Not ashamed to admit that Kelly 's Heroes have given me agita all season long, and predicting the outcome of their games is about as easy as finding a ticket for Bruce Springsteen 's upcoming tour. They come off two of the ugliest games in NFL history (losing by a combined total of 90-31)
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December 8, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The scoreboard decides genius and makes its final judgment over years and decades, not days and weeks. It always looks a lot smarter to win than to lose. Time has already made a call on New England coach Bill Belichick, who has built a football edifice that, even if it fell right now, would still be ranked among the most enduring in NFL history. Chip Kelly? Well, the jury is sequestered and has asked for reams of additional evidence. Get back to us on that one. But if a football analyst from any era took a hard look at the Sunday game between the Patriots and the Eagles, it would be really difficult to determine which guy is the genius and which is considered several answers short of a good SAT score.
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December 8, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - With his team in the midst of a monstrous free fall that would have rendered the season meaningless in a more competent division, Chip Kelly tried something a little different during the Eagles' Saturday night meeting at the team hotel in Providence, R.I. And given the Eagles' stunning 35-28 victory over the Patriots on Sunday, you'd have to say it worked. The head coach's intention was to restore confidence and remind his players that they have the ability to win at a time when the season was on the brink of being lost.
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December 7, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his three seasons as Eagles coach, Chip Kelly has never benched a starter based solely upon performance. He has released or traded only three players in-season never for them to return. He is loyal - some may say to a fault. There is a school of thought that coaches, in order the keep players on their toes and to hold them accountable for poor play, should at pivotal times use benchings or cuts to send a message. Players, the theory goes, perform at their best when motivated by fear, and there is perhaps no greater fear than being deprived of playing in the NFL. While it is difficult to say for certain whether the 4-7 Eagles are playing with or without that kind of motivation, they sure haven't looked like an inspired team over the last three weeks.
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December 4, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
WHEN SAM BRADFORD walked off the field, carrying his left arm at an awkward angle, the Eagles were 4-4, and were holding a 16-13 third-quarter lead over the visiting Miami Dolphins. This week, Bradford will get back behind the wheel and try to drive the team out of a 4-7 ditch, at the 10-1 New England Patriots. The Eagles last won at New England in 1987. So. Welcome back! "Obviously, the last two weeks have been tough, but I think our effort and energy at practice this week has been great . . . It would be easy for us to hang our heads and get down and go through the motions out there, but that hasn't been the case at all," said Bradford, who told reporters he expects to play this week, barring any sort of setback.
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November 13, 2015 | BY VEGAS VIC, For the Daily News
EAGLES (-6) over Dolphins Nailed the Birds last week, and Double V is now on a 4-0 run with the Green Machine. Looking for "one for the thumb," so I gotta try the Eagles against this school of Fish that have no idea which way they are swimming. After Miami fired Joe Philbin and replaced him with Dan Campbell , the Dolphins posted two "so what" wins, beating the Titans (2-6) without Marcus Mariota , and the Texans (3-5), who just stink. Then the Fish reverted back to their losing ways, getting smoked by the Patriots (36-7)
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September 10, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There is a reason that most NFL home teams choose the sideline with its back to the press box and coaching boxes. There is a reason coaches hold the play chart in front of their faces when calling plays or coverages. There is a reason locker rooms are guarded and practice facilities are inspected for hidden cameras and hotel trash cans are emptied lest a morsel of information fall into the wrong hands. The reason is not because Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have turned the league into a cult of cheaters.
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June 14, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
I DON'T THINK releasing Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis dooms the Eagles this season. I don't think any of the stuff Chip Kelly has done since taking over personnel control in January necessarily dooms the Eagles this season, or beyond. I still think there's a real good chance the guy is smarter than all of us. But I do think we'll look back someday on all this restructuring and we'll either cite it as the time when "the Kelly way" turned the franchise toward championship contention, or we will cite this offseason as the beginning of the end, when Kelly's inflexibility irreparably marred his genius and started him on the path back to college coaching.
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