November 7, 2007 |
Take that, Bill Belichick. Don Shula, coach of the only NFL team to have a perfect season, the 17-0 Miami Dolphins of 1972, yesterday complimented the 9-0 New England Patriots. "They've got a real shot at doing it," said Shula, asked if the Pats could finish unbeaten. "They're capable. They make it look easy. " But . . . "The Spygate thing has diminished what they've accomplished," Shula said. "You would hate to have that attached to your accomplishments. They've got it. " Shula implied that if Belichick's team finishes unbeaten, the achievement will be tainted.
January 23, 2005 |
Bill Belichick doesn't smile. He doesn't smirk. The Patriots coach wears a perpetual grimace. In some ways, his personality represents the blustery winters of New England. "He was the dreariest coach you could imagine," recalled former Giants linebacker Harry Carson, who played under Belichick on Bill Parcells' 1986 Super Bowl team in New York. "We called him Captain Sominex because he put us to sleep with his delivery. " People say they haven't seen Belichick smile much since the Patriots won their second Super Bowl last year, although a 21-game winning streak provided ample opportunity.
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....
February 4, 2015 |
Too bad the product could not stand alone. Too bad the discussion after the Super Bowl was not only about Pete Carroll's inexplicable play call and Malcolm Butler's instinctual life-changing play. Too bad this NFL season and this Super Bowl were not just about football. Too bad several dark clouds still hover above the NFL shield and the team that won the league's biggest game on Sunday. Sorry, but it was impossible to watch Roger Goodell posing in front of the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Monday morning with New England quarterback Tom Brady and think of it merely as a pleasant photo op for the league's commissioner and the three-time Super Bowl MVP. Justice, in fact, was served when the inept commissioner was confronted by such an awkward conclusion to the most tumultuous season of his tenure.
March 7, 2015 |
Trying to figure out Chip Kelly's plan for the Eagles is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle whose 1,000 pieces have been strewn and hidden about the house. You have to know where to search just to find the pieces themselves, and it will take a while before you have any idea what the picture is supposed to look like. What follows, then, comes with all the requisite caveats. Given that Kelly hasn't publicly discussed his strategy and likely won't until the NFL owners' meetings later this month, all anyone can do is offer a theory about what's ahead.
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.