January 30, 2015 |
PHOENIX - LeGarrette Blount's football career seemed in peril after he threw a punch at an opposing player following Boise State's upset of Oregon in 2009. The incident came in Chip Kelly's first game as the Ducks' head coach. Kelly needed to make a decision about Blount's future. He suspended the running back but kept Blount on scholarship and in the football program. Kelly ultimately reinstated Blount after the running back met certain academic and behavioral conditions. That helped save Blount's career, which continues Sunday when he plays in the Super Bowl as a key part of the New England Patriots' offense.
November 21, 2005 |
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.
September 4, 2007 |
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.
February 10, 1994 |
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...
September 16, 2011 |
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.
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 1, 2015 |
PHOENIX - The two most recent coaches of the New England Patriots looked very relaxed, quite happy to spend a half-hour or so in each other's company yesterday morning. They turned the annual Friday Super Bowl coaches' joint news conference into a talk-show chat, hosted by affable, telegenic Pete Carroll, with Bill Belichick as the eager guest who has a movie, book or show to plug. In this case, the show airs tomorrow evening at 6:30, when Super Bowl XLIX kicks off. The quest of Belichick and the Patriots to rise above "Spygate" and "Deflategate" for the fourth championship of the Belichick-Tom Brady era runs head on into the quest of Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks to become the first repeat champions in 10 years, and vanquish any doubts about their dominance of the league at mid-decade.
January 31, 2014 |
HOLLIS THOMAS played defensive tackle for the Eagles at 300 pounds, so sticks and stones wouldn't put a dent in him. Words? Spitballs off a battleship! So, go ahead and call him a sore loser. Tell him he's up to his eyeballs in sour grapes when he yelps about Super Bowl XXXIX, Patriots 24, Eagles 21. "Sore loser?" Thomas barks angrily. "We got cheated! It's not sour grapes. We got cheated!" Ten years later, time wounds all heels, and Thomas can't hide his disdain for Bill Belichick, the grumpy coach of the Patriots.