Tag:Bill Belichick
Posted on: August 14, 2010 5:40 pm

Bernie Kosar's tough road after football

Posted by Andy Benoit

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar is one of the best interviews in all of sports. Kosar is intelligent, honest, deep-thinking and, frankly, emotional. This in mind, it’s no wonder Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was able to write a fantastic feature piece on the Cleveland star’s trials and tribulations.

In Pluto’s article, Kosar talks about mending the fences with Art Modell. You may recall, in 1993 Browns head coach Bill Belichick callously cut the beloved quarterback in the middle of the season in order to turn the offense over to Vinny Testaverde. Modell allowed the move to happen, which led to the first of what would turn out to be many spits of venom from the Cleveland faithful towards the Browns owner.

Pluto’s article also focuses on Kosar’s challenging life after football:

"When I was playing, I never thought it would end," he said. "I knew it would happen, but I never thought it would, you know what I mean? I didn't think I'd get hurt. I didn't think I'd get divorced. I didn't think I'd go bankrupt. I thought the money would always be there. No athlete when he's young or in his prime ever thinks it will end."

But end it did.

The divorce was very public, very ugly.

The money disappeared because of some family issues and some poor investments. Kosar also forgot he was an honor student with a finance degree from the University of Miami. He allowed some people to handle his money, and he simply didn't pay attention to where it went.

"I know how to make money, and I know how to spend money," he said. "The saving part never worked for me. My dad was a steelworker. My brother's company closed. Things happen, people needed help."

He paused.

"I was into a lot of Florida real estate," he added. "Anyone who had a lot of Florida real estate and says they didn't get killed [financially] in the last few years is lying."

Kosar is big on personal growth and development. He goes in-depth about his life as a father and his relationships with those in the game (including Belichick) and away from the game (including his new girlfriend). If you have a minute, it’s worth reading.

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 8:04 pm

David Patten's retirement a surprise to him

D. Patten scored 24 TDs in his 12-year career (Getty). New England WR David Patten stepped to the podium to announce his retirement today, and his family didn’t have the first clue about it. That’s how quickly he made up his mind to get out of football. That’s how fast he knew it was time to end his 12-year career.

If it was a surprise to his family – which is a pretty good assumption – it was an absolute shock to Patten.

“This is in no way, shape or form what I anticipated coming back here this year,” Patten told reporters. “I’m actually a little sad that I’m proving some of the naysayers right. I honestly felt like I could still play this game and play it at a high level. I felt like the competitive, spirited nature was still here, but over the course of the last two days, over the course of the break away from the team, there was a lot of reflection, and there was a lot of contemplation and it just felt like it was time. It just hit me yesterday.

“When you lose it mentally, you can’t play at this level. You can’t play at a high level. With my nature, I always felt like whenever I got to that point where I couldn’t go out there day in and day out consistently at a high level, it was time to walk away. It just proved to me. Everything is fine; the body is 100 percent healthy, and the fact that I’m thinking this way, it’s just time to leave the game because it just requires too much.”

Patten signed with New England, because, at first, he still had the hunger to compete. He had a good spring camp, and he was still moving quickly. But apparently he hit some kind of wall – something which he couldn’t leap over. So, he decided to end it today.

“One of the things I would say about David [is] we have a lot of players that work hard, but I think David sets the pace for work ethic,” coach Bill Belichick said. “In the offseason program he's always out in front. He’s always the one that other players try to keep up with and he's got a great attitude, a very professional attitude and his work ethic, his toughness and of course his speed and receiving ability – those are the things that kept him in the league and made him the outstanding player that he was.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 1:41 pm

Belichick has an interesting explanation

Wading through the Bill Belichick news conference transcript, and I found a couple of interesting comments. Belichick doesn’t seem like the kind of coach who wants to share any information with anybody outside the Patriots organization. Media, obviously, but also, other teams as well.

That’s why it’s a little surprising – at least, to me – that New England will practice against other teams during training camp. Belichick was asked about the thought process about holding dual workouts with the Saints and the Falcons.

“I think it starts with just having a real good relationship with both organizations,” Belichick said. “We’ve talked about that from time to time, not just this year, but it just worked out. We’re playing them early in the preseason, and right away we talked about it as something we would want to do that would be beneficial. I think that’s the most important thing – the logistics and then having a good working relationship with the team. Not that we didn’t have good working relationships with Andy (Reid) in Philly or John (Harbaugh) at Baltimore – teams we’ve opened up with in the past – it just didn’t logistically work as well for both of us, but maybe that’s something in the future we could do.

And how does this help from a competitive standpoint? Does this add a little bit of excitement to an otherwise monotonous training camp?

“I think there is definitely an element of that,” he said. “I also think that it gives you a different look at their plays that they run that we don’t run. There are looks that New Orleans and Atlanta will give us that we will see in the preseason games, but we’ll also have a chance to practice against them and I think that is healthy too. You get to evaluate your players against not just your own players, but against other players at a high level and see how you (match up). It’s not always just ability; it’s how a certain player matches up against a player or type of player. I think that’s valuable.

“The other thing that’s always a problem is trying to get your team ready for the first preseason game. You’ve got 75, 70 guys – however many are going to play in the game – and trying to get them practice reps where they are really prepared to play. It’s a lot easier if you can just practice against the team. That is the scouting report; that is the preparation. And then let them go out there and play and the same thing for their team. Rather than us trying to simulate you guys, we’ll be us, you be you, and we’ll let them go out and play in the preseason.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 9:18 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 9:23 pm

Sigh: Sports writers foiled again

When you’ve got a controversy brewing on the team you cover and if the recipient of that controversy isn’t around – or isn’t talking – the next step as a beat reporter is to ask the opinions of his colleagues.

For instance, “So and so isn’t here, but what do you think about his a) desire to not play for your team this season; b) positive drug test; or c) run-in at the local strip club?” More often than not, you’ll get answers, and even if they’re the generic “We support our teammate and we don’t know much more than what’s in the police report” statements, that’s enough to write what we in the business call “a folo.”

The Boston Herald tried to do that today in regards to Patriots Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins and his desire not to sign his restricted free agent tender. But, as the title of the Herald's blog post says, “Ho, hum, nothing to see here.”

Obviously, New England coach Bill Belichick decided not to give his opinion on the matter, but we had two other beautiful side-steps of the issue. One player, guard Stephen Neal, said he didn’t know much about the situation, because he doesn’t have cable TV or the Internet. Read that part again. No cable TV, no Internet, no comment. Another, NT Vince Wilfork, seemed to grow agitated at the repeated attempts of questioners.

“What don’t you understand?” Wilfork said. “I’m not going to touch that. If you’re going to sit here and talk about that all day, I’m outta here. I’m not going to touch that.”

Even stranger? Just about every football writer knows that if you need good, solid, smart, thoughtful quotes from players who rarely say no to an interview request, you go to the offensive line. It's a double shot to the stomach when the guards, tackles and centers blow off your questions.

Mankins touched on the issue briefly Monday when he told ESPN Boston that there was “no way” he would sign his tender offer of $3.26 million.

--Josh Katzowitz

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