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.
June 11, 2013 |
IF NEW ENGLAND coach Bill Belichick really hates the way Tim Tebow plays, he has a funny way of showing it. The Patriots reportedly are signing the former Jets and Broncos quarterback to a contract and expect him in minicamp today. ESPN.com and NFL.com, citing league sources, reported the news yesterday, the same day the Patriots announced they had released backup quarterback Mike Kafka. The websites reported Tebow was being brought in to play quarterback. CBSSports.com, however, citing a source, reported that he will play tight end. Tom Brady is, of course, the starting QB. His backup is Ryan Mallett.
March 27, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - The NFL owners continued to tinker with replay yesterday, approving a proposal that will allow the on-field referee to consult with members of the league's officiating department during replay reviews. Before they adjourn their meetings at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lake Resort today, the owners will vote on three other replay-related rule proposals, including one by the New England Patriots that would expand the list of reviewable plays to, well, pretty much everything.
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.
January 28, 2015 |
CHANDLER, Ariz. - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered a defiant defense of his organization, coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady amid the ball-deflation controversy on Monday, further entrenching the team's position that it committed no wrongdoing. Kraft even demanded an apology if the league's investigation vindicates the team. "I want to make it clear that I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots have done nothing inappropriate in this process or were in violation of NFL rules," Kraft said.
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.