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.
July 26, 2013 |
A grim-faced coach Bill Belichick said in Foxborough, Mass., on Wednesday that the New England Patriots will learn from the "terrible experience" of Aaron Hernandez's arrest on a murder charge and work to improve their player evaluation process. Speaking publicly for the first time since the then-Patriots tight end was arrested four weeks earlier, Belichick, who opened his 22-minute news conference by speaking from prepared notes, said he was "shocked and disappointed" to learn of the criminal investigation while he was out of the country.
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.
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.
August 14, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Nick Foles' star has risen since he was last on a practice field with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but he's not yet in Brady's class. So the Eagles' three practices in New England will provide Foles with a chance to further study the future Hall of Famer. "Of course, Tom's one of the best to ever play the game," Foles said. "It's great to watch him and see how he conducts an offense and where he throws a ball. It's great being out here from a learning standpoint.
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.
September 16, 2007 |
Is it just me, or did Roger Goodell come off looking like the shill for the NFL owners that many players in the league have always thought him to be when he opted not to suspend Bill Belichick on Thursday? In Goodell's opinion, Belichick cheated, or at least oversaw a team that was cheating, last Sunday when a team official videotaped the New York Jets' defensive signal callers. Goodell had the camera and the tape, and what he saw convinced him that the Patriots - i.e., Belichick - were cheating.
January 5, 1995 |
Now stepping up to the NFL karaoke machine and belting out a few bars of "My Way," the dedicated but dour, self-assured but oft-misunderstood head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Mr. Bill Belichick. "My job is to win. I'm not worried about popularity contests or whatever," said Belichick, 42, who takes his surprising Brownies into Three Rivers Stadium for an AFC division playoff game Saturday against the rough, tough Pittsburgh Steelers. So there is your cue. Ridicule him for his apparent lack of a sense of humor, or for his flat, computer-programmer monotone.
April 18, 1995 |
Eagles coach Ray Rhodes recently warned Cleveland coach Bill Belichick not to rule out a rerun of last year's draft day. Before last year's draft, Belichick didn't see Rhodes as a threat. Rhodes was the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, who held the 23rd pick. The Browns were picking ninth. "I was at the workouts, next to Belichick at Notre Dame, sitting there with a late draft pick," Rhodes said. "Belichick was drooling over Bryant Young, saying, 'Ray, I'm going to draft this guy. I love him. I've got to draft this guy.' And on draft day, I jumped ahead of him (to No. 7)