January 25, 2012 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Season opener or Super Bowl, every game is a big game to Bill Belichick. His consistent approach to preparation for the next opponent, whether a powerhouse or a pushover, is the cornerstone of the coaching that has brought the New England Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl in 11 years. The more intense the practices, the more prepared his players are for the game. "You know what to expect week-in and week-out with him," wide receiver Matthew Slater said.
September 25, 2012 |
PATRIOTS linebacker Brandon Spikes isn't hiding his disdain for the NFL's replacement refs. After Sunday night's 31-30 loss to the Ravens - which featured 24 accepted penalties, including a league-record 13 that resulted in first downs - Spikes took to Twitter to blast the men in the striped shirts, writing: "Can someone please tell these [bleeping] zebras Footlocker called and they're needed Back at work!!!!" No word on whether the NFL will take action against Spikes, but the league is reviewing tape that shows his coach, Bill Belichick, physically grabbing a referee after the game to try to ask if the game-winning field goal by Justin Tucker - which narrowly went through the uprights as time expired - had been reviewed.
February 3, 2015 |
LAST YEAR, Twitter reported that a record 24.9 million tweets were sent during the Super Bowl. That number was expected to be topped last night as the whole world was seemingly atwitter during and after the Patriots' win over the Seahawks. Here are some of the more interesting tweets we came across: * Former running back and NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22): "That was the worst play call I've seen in the history of football. " * Former NFL receiver Terrell Owens (@terrellowens)
November 9, 1993 |
Bernie Kosar lost a three-year power struggle with coach Bill Belichick, and was cut yesterday by the Cleveland Browns. Kosar, who agreed to a non-guaranteed, seven-year, $26 million extension of his contract earlier in the year, had been benched by Belichick in favor of backup Vinny Testaverde, who was signed as a free agent during the summer. The most popular Cleveland player since Jim Brown retired nearly three decades ago, Kosar never fit into Belichick's offense and finally lost his starting job last month.
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.
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.
March 18, 2008 |
Dan Klecko admitted it's an experiment. If it works, he'll be Brian Westbrook's primary lead blocker in 2008 and a full-time NFL fullback for the first time in his NFL career. "It's going to be a lot of hard work in changing my mentality to the offensive side of the ball, but we'll see how it goes," Klecko said yesterday after signing a two-year contract to join the Eagles. "It's going to be an experiment for me too. " In addition to changing his mind-set from defensive tackle to offensive wrecking ball, the 5-foot-11 Klecko must also make some body alterations.
July 18, 1991 |
Three days into training camp, the New York Giants already lead the NFL in suspenseful drama. Among the more noteworthy subjects: Twelve holdouts have yet to join the team, including Dave Meggett, Super Bowl MVP O.J. Anderson and Pepper Johnson, the agentless linebacker working as his own contract negotiator. Ray Handley, 46, the running backs coach a year ago, has succeeded Bill Parcells as head coach. Tight end Zeke Mowatt is back on the roster, issuing the same programmed answer to every question about his role in the Lisa Olson incident at New England last year.
January 20, 1987 |
In a subplot whose intrigue would do justice to the world chess championship, an avid pupil will match intellects with a respected professor Sunday in Super Bowl XXI. The pupil is Bill Belichick, the precocious 34-year-old defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, a team whose stopping power has been little short of awesome this season. The professor is Joe Collier, the highly respected Denver Broncos aide whose official title is assistant head coach/defense. He has been employed by the Broncos for 18 years, a mainstay under five head coaches.
January 14, 2011
MAKE NO MISTAKE, media, the stakes are high this Sunday. This isn't about the Jets or the Patriots. Isn't about Antonio Cromartie or Tom Brady, or Rex Ryan or Bill Belichick. This is about loosening up the dead and dreary world of professional football, so often and aptly referred to as the "No Fun League. " We need the Jets, as currently constructed, in the NFL. We need Rex's team to win Sunday. Not because we hate Brady the way Cromartie claims to, not because we agree with Ryan that Brady is no Peyton Manning.