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.
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.
June 7, 2013 |
ONE OBLIGATION as head coach at the University of Oregon used to be a big weekly midweek luncheon attended by some of the football program's most ardent alumni and supporters. It required a trip of about 1 1/2 hours each way, some handshakes, a little speech, a brief Q-and-A. I say used to be, because Chip Kelly put an end to it during his tenure there. Instead, he attended the luncheon via videophone, gaining 3 hours of planning, film viewing. What he didn't gain was any goodwill from those ardent supporters, but if we have learned anything about the man thus far, it is that Chip Kelly is not too keen on Dale Carnegie.
September 15, 2007 |
When he stands on an NFL sideline for 16 Sundays and a few more each year, Bill Belichick is an undisputed master, with a single-minded and cerebral approach that helped him win three Super Bowls during what might still be a Hall of Fame career. But now there's this spying thing. The New England coach tried again yesterday to move on from the sideline spying scandal in which he was fined $500,000 and ordered to forfeit a top draft choice - the latest misstep in a year of distractions for the coach who preaches about avoiding them.
January 18, 2008 |
Assistant head coach Jim Caldwell would replace Tony Dungy if the Indianapolis Colts coach retires, team owner Jim Irsay said last night. Irsay hopes Dungy will return and expects to speak to him this weekend, the owner said at a party celebrating an exhibition of the Jack Kerouac "On The Road" manuscript he owns at The New York Public Library. Irsay said he might be able to make accommodations for Dungy such as allowing him to attend his son's high school football games in Florida on Friday nights.
August 12, 2009 |
In the NFL, as with most professional sports nowadays, many players migrate from one team to another. So when a player faces a former team, there usually is not the awkwardness that, say, Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott felt the first time his Oakland Raiders played the San Francisco 49ers. "It's a business," Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel said. "You signed up with somebody [else] and you move on. That's how it goes. " Last off-season, Samuel left the New England Patriots when he signed a multimillion-dollar contract with the Eagles.