January 31, 1997 |
Despite broadcast reports to the contrary, the New York Jets never presented a formal proposal of two second-round picks and $1 million in cash or any other firm offer to New England for permission to hire Patriots coach Bill Parcells, the Boston Globe reported. Negotiations were expected to resume today, with part of the drama revolving around an expected decision within 48 hours by Parcells concerning whether he will come back to coach the Patriots despite his problems with the owner or sit out the season.
January 14, 2000 |
The attorney representing former New York Jets coach Bill Belichick said it is against the law for the NFL to enforce Belichick's contract with the Jets because it would make him jobless. "We believe the law is very clear in these circumstances," attorney Jeffrey Kessler said yesterday after a hearing before NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue in New York. "The [team] could not prevent an employee from going elsewhere, essentially because it would totally deprive him of his livelihood.
January 22, 2000 |
Any NFL team that wants to employ Bill Belichick this year must pay the New York Jets to get him. While commissioner Paul Tagliabue didn't completely rule in favor of the Jets yesterday, he did uphold their rights to Belichick through the 2000 season. Tagliabue ruled Belichick breached his contract, which has three years remaining, when he resigned as coach of the Jets on Jan. 4 and cannot work for another team this year without the Jets' approval. "Taken as a whole, the contract and the related memoranda constitute an agreement that Mr. Belichick would be the Jets' head coach except when Mr. [Bill]
November 11, 1991 |
The first impression that Antone Davis left on Cleveland coach Bill Belichick was a lasting one. Last spring, Belichick and Browns executive vice president Ernie Accorsi were touring college campuses, scouting prospects for the NFL draft. Naturally, they visited the University of Tennessee to check out Davis and fellow offensive tackle Charles McRae. Belichick took Davis on the practice field and asked the 6-4, 325-pound tackle to hit him. Davis thought Belichick was joking.
January 31, 1991 |
Now that former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh has turned them down, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to talk to former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan about their vacant head-coaching job. Ryan is one of two candidates scheduled to be in Tampa, Fla., this week for interviews, Phil Krueger, assistant to the president of the Buccaneers, told the St. Petersburg Times yesterday. The other is New York Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick. Ryan could not be reached for comment last night.
February 15, 1996 |
Bill Belichick is out as coach of the team formerly known as the Cleveland Browns, and Ted Marchibroda could be its coach before today is over. In a five-minute phone call yesterday, team owner Art Modell fired Belichick as coach of the team that Modell is taking to Baltimore under a new name. "He thanked me for my hard work and the years, but said he was moving in a different direction," Belichick told the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal last night. "I thanked him for the opportunity.
January 4, 2008 |
Spygate be damned! Bill Belichick of the unbeaten New England Patriots is the Associated Press 2007 NFL Coach of the Year. With the Patriots motivated by a spying scandal - and owning the deepest talent base in football - Belichick guided his team to the first 16-0 regular season in league history. That was enough to offset the major blemish on Belichick's resume: a $500,000 personal fine, $250,000 fine for the team and the loss of a first-round pick in the upcoming draft after the Patriots were caught videotaping New York Jets coaches during the season opener.
October 21, 2011
Nothing like a winning start to make an NFL team flex its muscles. Consider the Buffalo Bills, who are following their 4-2 start with a big ambition: convincing taxpayers to foot the bill for an extensive face-lift of Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills CEO Russ Brandon told the Associated Press that the team has hired Populous, an architectural firm that specializes in sports-facility projects, to do a study on upgrading the stadium. Brandon called the renovations necessary in order to keep the stadium viable and to help ensure the Bills' long-term future in western New York.
February 6, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Tom Brady's two long incompletions in the final minutes, and several missed chances throughout the game cost the New England Patriots a chance at another Super Bowl victory. It also resulted in their second loss to the New York Giants in the big game in five seasons, 21-17, last night. "We just came up a little bit short," Brady said. "There were some missed opportunities out there. It was a very hard-fought game. We fought 'til the end. I'm very proud of that.
February 1, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez provide more than just a clever nickname, although "The Boston TE Party" is rather catchy. Those Patriots are the most productive tight end tandem in NFL history, the epitome of the evolution at the position and perhaps the No. 1 reason New England is back in the Super Bowl this year. Whether they influence Sunday's game against the New York Giants is another matter because there might not be a they in five days. Gronkowski has a high ankle sprain, and even if he plays - as many say he will, including him - there is doubt as to how effective he will be. "It's getting annoying," Gronkowski said after he was asked, literally, for the 20th time about the left ankle he sprained in the AFC championship.