October 8, 2010
Thumbs up To Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who once again proved why he's the smartest man in the NFL. With the 33-year-old Randy Moss in the final year of his contract, Belichick decided that the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver's declining play - he's got just nine catches in the first four games - and his increasingly bad attitude over the team's disinterest in giving him a new deal, were sufficient reasons to trade him to the desperate Vikings....
May 1, 2015 |
TONIGHT, CLOSURE. Live from Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, shortly after 8 p.m. EDT, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will call the name of Marcus Mariota, either on behalf of the Eagles or some other team. When that blessed moment finally arrives, we can quit speculating on what the Birds might be willing to give to obtain him, or whether he possibly could slide past this or that quarterback-needy team and make the price more palatable. This time tomorrow, sports talk radio and social media will either be in a Mariota-fueled frenzy, with local outlets frantically dispatching reporters to Hawaii (Oh, gosh, such short notice, you're really asking a lot, but I guess I'll take one for the team . . . )
February 1, 2015 |
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]
January 17, 2016 |
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.
January 27, 2000 |
Bill Belichick yesterday dropped his antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, a day after a judge refused to free him to negotiate to coach other teams. Belichick lost his attempt to gain a temporary restraining order against NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue's ruling that keeps him from coaching another team without the New York Jets' permission. U.S. District Judge John Bissell ruled that Belichick could only blame himself for his quandary after quitting the Jets. "It made sense to withdraw the case and assess our position," Belichick lawyer David Feher said.
September 10, 2015 |
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.
December 1, 2001 |
New England Patriots receiver Terry Glenn said he will appeal his latest suspension after missing practice in a dispute with coach Bill Belichick over a hamstring injury. Glenn told the Boston Globe he was willing to drop all his grievances against the Patriots if he can go to another team. "I don't need a big contract," said Glenn, whose five grievances include one to regain the signing bonus the team withheld. "I'd rather be happy than make a lot of money. I'm not happy here.
February 4, 1997 |
He doesn't wear a tough-guy attitude on his sleeve, own a toothy grin or fill a room with his personality. But Pete Carroll, like Bill Parcells before him, knows the rules with New England's football team right now: win. Carroll, 45, was introduced as Parcells's successor by team owner Robert Kraft yesterday at Foxboro Stadium. He comes to the Pats from the San Francisco 49ers, the NFL franchise Kraft envies most. "We've got to win and we've got to win right now," said Carroll, who was the 49ers' defensive coordinator.
June 7, 1996 |
It was a stretch to say Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario won their semifinal matches at the French Open in Paris. It was more a case of Jana Novotna and Conchita Martinez losing them. Novotna performed an act of self-destruction, and Martinez faded out in a pair of error-filled matches yesterday. Graf and Sanchez will meet for the third time in the French Open final. Graf, the defending champion and four-time winner, needed just 67 minutes to complete a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 3 Martinez.
August 17, 2000 |
Bill Parcells, who coached three Super Bowl teams, takes some harsh shots at longtime assistant Bill Belichick, former New York Jets players, and Keyshawn Johnson's agent in a new book that has not been released yet. The New York Daily News reported yesterday that Parcells, who stepped down as coach of the Jets after last season but remains the team's director of football operations, doesn't understand why Belichick left to coach the New England...