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.
February 2, 2015
IF YOU ARE anything like me, when you heard about the Patriots' "deflategate" scandal your thoughts immediately went back to the 2004 Super Bowl. I was in Jacksonville that day, and I attributed the Eagles' loss to some bad decisions by coach Andy Reid, some blown opportunities, and poor leadership by quarterback Donovan McNabb down the stretch (I make no judgment on "vomitgate"). I didn't know that several Eagles later said that it seemed as if the Patriots knew exactly which plays they were calling.
February 3, 2015 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The New England Patriots experienced the agony before, and they were one yard away from living it again. They've been on the field in the Super Bowl when the opponent makes the magical drive and the improbable catch, when the legacies of quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick were interrupted by last-minute defeats. Except on Sunday, all the magic that brought the Seattle Seahawks one yard away from the Super Bowl vanished when Russell Wilson threw a pass that landed in the hands of Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, a stunning and memorable end to the Patriots' 28-24 win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
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.
November 30, 2001 |
The nameplate was gone from Terry Glenn's locker. Only an ankle brace was inside - no warm-up clothes, no uniform. One day after going to practice with headphones but no helmet, the New England wide receiver was suspended yesterday for one game by coach Bill Belichick. His absence could last longer. "You have to ask him," Belichick said when asked if Glenn will rejoin the Patriots on Monday, after the suspension ends. Glenn wasn't available to answer that question and "will be off the premises until next week," Belichick said.