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)
October 22, 2009 |
Picture a phlegmatic football brain like Bill Belichick, then picture him combined with the verve and showmanship of, say, Buddy or Rex Ryan. You'd end up with a pretty good coach, and possibly an arrogant loudmouth who irritates nearly everybody because he hardly ever loses. Fly him across the pond, and you might have somebody like Brian Clough, regarded in England as perhaps the greatest football (soccer, if you prefer) coach in the country's history. "The Damn United" is a lively biopic based on Clough's controversial professional life.
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.
August 14, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Nick Foles' star has risen since he was last on a practice field with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but he's not yet in Brady's class. So the Eagles' three practices in New England will provide Foles with a chance to further study the future Hall of Famer. "Of course, Tom's one of the best to ever play the game," Foles said. "It's great to watch him and see how he conducts an offense and where he throws a ball. It's great being out here from a learning standpoint.
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.
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.