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.
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.
August 17, 2000 |
Bill Parcells, who coached three Super Bowl teams, takes some harsh shots at longtime assistant Bill Belichick, former New York Jets players, and Keyshawn Johnson's agent in a new book that has not been released yet. The New York Daily News reported yesterday that Parcells, who stepped down as coach of the Jets after last season but remains the team's director of football operations, doesn't understand why Belichick left to coach the New England...
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.
August 18, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Despite the improvements that Alex Henery displayed during training camp, the Eagles kicker hooked a 47-yard field goal wide in the 42-35 preseason loss to the Patriots on Friday night. It was his first field goal attempt of the preseason, and the kick was not even close off his foot. "You've got to make 47-yarders in this league," coach Chip Kelly said. Kelly said Henery was "really good" in training camp, and he is 9 for 9 on extended extra points that are similar to 33-yard field goals.
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.