Bill Belichick

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Massive Report Alleges Patriots' Cheating Worse Than Thought

ESPN says 'Deflategate' was 'a makeup call' for Spygate cover-up

(Newser) - In a massive ESPN report —more than 10,000 words put together based on interviews with more than 90 players, coaches, team owners, and league officials, plus "previously undisclosed private notes from key meetings"—Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham lay out their case that the... More »

Bill Belichick: We Followed Rules 'to the Letter'

Patriots' coach makes unscheduled appearance amid DeflateGate

(Newser) - Saying his team "followed the rules to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick explained how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating via deflated game balls . In an unscheduled... More »

Patriots' Belichick: I'm 'Shocked' by DeflateGate

'I have no explanation for what happened,' Pats coach says about deflated footballs

(Newser) - The hands-on head coach who scrutinizes obscure rules in the NFL handbook to come up with controversial plays said today at a news conference that he never fully knew the process behind inflating footballs and that he is "shocked" and has "no explanation" for how 11 out of... More »

11 of 12 Patriots' Game Balls Were Deflated: Report

League says it's still investigating DeflateGate

(Newser) - Allegations that the New England Patriots used deflated footballs in Sunday's game appear to be true: Unnamed NFL sources have confirmed as much to ESPN , though league officials tell the AP that "we're still awaiting findings." The ESPN report holds that 11 of 12 game balls... More »

Patriots Rout Colts for AFC Title

They'll face Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl after 45-7 win

(Newser) - Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are headed to a special place where no coach or player has gone more—the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots dominant duo earned a sixth trip to the Super Bowl with a 45-7 wipeout of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game before... More »

This High School Coach Should Change Pro Football

Kevin Kelley never punts; pro teams shouldn't either: Mallory Rubin

(Newser) - In 2008, high school football coach Kevin Kelley took his team to a state championship without punting a single time , and he still doesn't do it. Pulaski Academy, in Little Rock, Arkansas, nearly always opts for an onside kick, writes Mallory Rubin at Grantland . Statisticians acknowledge the benefits of... More »

Tebow to Join Patriots: Sources

He's expected at New England minicamp today

(Newser) - Reports of the death of Tim Tebow's NFL career were perhaps at least premature: The controversial QB is set to sign with the New England Patriots, sources tell ESPN and the AP . Tebow, who was released by the New York Jets after they failed to find a role for... More »

The 25 Worst Sore Losers in Sports

Steinbrenner, Canucks fans, and LeBron make the list

(Newser) - Losing stinks, but being a gracious loser is always more honorable than throwing a tantrum. Bad sportsmanship, however, did not stop these people—the 25 biggest sore losers in sports history, according to Bleacher Report . A sample: More »

Jets Coach Buries Ball From Patriots Blowout

Rex Ryan wants his team to forget about the blowout

(Newser) - Jets coach Rex Ryan sure likes to make a statement, sometimes even figurative ones: This morning, he gathered his team on sidelines of its practice field and buried a game ball used in Monday's 45-3 loss to New England, reports the New York Post . He told the players he wants... More »

NFL Fines Broncos for Spying on 49ers

Coach, team out $50K each; video director is fired

(Newser) - The NFL has another case of illegal snooping on its hands. In a flap reminiscent of the Patriots' "spygate" scandal , the league has fined the Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels $50,000 each for filming the practice of the 49ers before a game in London last month. The... More »

Belichick Ties Strong in Florida-Bama Tilt

Coaches Meyer, Saban have deep ties to Patriots guru

(Newser) - Though he won’t be on the sidelines again until tomorrow, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick holds the common thread in today’s matchup between college football’s top-ranked. Urban Meyer and No. 1 Florida meet Nick Saban and No. 2 Alabama—both unbeaten—for the Southeastern Conference title... More »

Pats Lose on Belichick Stunner

Colts capitalize on fourth-down screw-up

(Newser) - Bill Belichick’s vaunted genius got the better of him last night, when a gutsy fourth-down gamble cost the Patriots a win in Indianapolis. Up by six with 2:08 left on the clock, New England decided to go for it on fourth-and-two from its own 28. Kevin Faulk made... More »

Best Sports Stories of 2008

Evil Bill, golden Michael, ailing Tiger, and hapless Lions held our fascination

(Newser) - Every fan has favorite storylines from the year in sports, but a few were universally intriguing, Reid Cherner and Tom Weir write in USA Today:
  1. Michael Phelps' eight golds in the 08/08/08 Olympics gave America a reason to root.
  2. Our favorite hoodied villain, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, finally got his
... More »

NFL's Newest Treat: Trick Plays

Dolphins' 'Wildcat' formation not only way offenses trying to fool defenses this season

(Newser) - Sunday’s four-touchdown performance from Miami running back Ronnie Brown may signal the year of the trick play in the NFL, USA Today reports. The Dolphins’ “Wildcat” formation, in which the running back takes a direct snap, seems likely to catch on. “This is a copycat league,”... More »

It's Official: Brady Out for Season

Pats QB will undergo knee surgery, team confirms

(Newser) - After starting 128 consecutive games, Tom Brady will have surgery on his injured left knee and miss the rest of the season, the New England Patriots confirmed today. The superstar QB went down in the first quarter of yesterday's victory over the Chiefs. "It’s a tough setback for... More »

Belichick Needs to Be Suspended

ESPN columnist thinks Spygate will linger as long as coach goes unscathed

(Newser) - columnist Gregg Easterbrook is tired of Spygate, the Patriots videotaping scandal, but not so weary of it to forgive and forget. He argues that the NFL will have to deal with the imbroglio until New England coach Bill Belichick is properly punished. The $500,000 fine and forfeiture... More »

Patriots' Taper Disputes Belichick

He says the team knowingly broke rules to big advantage

(Newser) - A former cameraman for the New England Patriots who helped tape other teams’ signals gave the New York Times details on his experience—and they don’t match the claims of coach Bill Belichick. Matt Walsh insists the team knowingly broke the rules and gained a big advantage over opponents.... More »

NFL Closes Patriots Case

Team didn't tape the Rams in Super Bowl; Herald apologizes for running story

(Newser) - After meeting with former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell effectively closed the book on Spygate. Goodell also determined that a tape of the St. Louis Rams' practice before Super Bowl XXXVI never existed, prompting the Boston Herald to issue an apology for publishing the rumors "... More »

Ex-Patriots Staffer Turns Over Gridiron Spygate Videos

But Rams' Super Bowl practice tape isn't there

(Newser) - A former New England Patriots assistant has given the NFL eight videotapes showing that the Pats broke the rules by recording rival teams' play-calling signals—but the rumored tape of the St. Louis Rams isn't among them, the New York Times reports. There had been reports that the worker had... More »

NFL Will Push for 'Integrity'

Spygate has commissioner worried about cheating in football

(Newser) - Still red-faced from the Patriots' "Spygate" videotaping scandal last season, the NFL is searching for ways to rebuild fan trust and protect the "integrity of the game," reports the Washington Post. Commissioner Roger Goodell has outlined a plan aimed at stemming cheating that is expected to get... More »

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