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....
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.
June 14, 2015 |
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.
January 26, 2015 |
Let's start right at the top and say I had no idea that both teams in an NFL game supplied the footballs for their own offenses. The mystery of how a game ball gets from the Wilson factory to its appointed spot on the field never seemed like an interesting subject. There's a bag of balls, and when they need another, some kid tosses one to the official. What could be complicated about that? What could be more elemental to the game than the mere presence of the football? During one of the previous soccer World Cup preparations, U.S. coach Bruce Arena grew tired of taking questions every day on the ball that had been selected for play, one with a supposedly more aerodynamic cover and super technology that would transform it into an unstoppable scoring spheroid.
January 21, 2015 |
I USED TO THINK that all the talk about the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick being cheaters was just sour grapes. When you lose playoff games and Super Bowls to a team that is as close to an NFL dynasty as there has been in the last 2 decades, there is bound to be talk of improprieties. Of course, the fact that Belichick was fined $500,000 by the NFL for his role in the Patriots spying on, and videotaping of, the New York Jets in 2007 tends to lend credence to charges of underhanded shenanigans.
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.