Found November 05, 2011 on Shutdown Corner:
Carolina_panthers_v_5a8c
Generally speaking, football coaches have mixed responses to player fights in practice. On the public side, they will usually say that the lack of discipline inherent in such extracurricular activity goes against everything they're trying to establish. But in their hearts of hearts, a high percentage of those same coaches would tell you, if pressed, that a little unscheduled violence fits the bill when you're trying to get your team to play aggressively. Chad Eaton, a former defensive tackle who played for current New England Patriots Bill Belichick during the 1995 season on the Cleveland Browns' practice squad back when Belichick coached there, recently told the Dayton Daily News that Belichick went to the extreme of paying certain players to start stuff in practice at scheduled intervals. "If practice was going slow, he'd look at me and just say, 'It's time,' " Eaton said. "He wanted me to get on somebody's (case) and start a little f...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
HIRED MUSCLE

Belichick paid player to start fights

Chad Eaton, who played for the Patriots from 1996-2000, recently admitted that Belichick would tell him to mix it up by saying "It's time" when practice was going slowly. Eaton would then find some money in his locker.

Former Patriot says Belichick paid him to start fights in practice

By Mike McDermott

Bill Belichick on Chad Eaton's Claim: 'I Don't Remember'

A mini-stir was generated Friday morning, after former NFL linebacker Chad Eaton said in a Dayton Daily News story that Bill Belichick used to pay him to start fights in practice to provide a spark for the team. That practice, if true, would obviously violate a few rules, namely that you can't pay players extra money for anything. Belichick briefly responded Friday to the claim...

Julian Edelman May Have Played Himself Off Bill Belichick's Roster and Other Leftover Patriots Thoughts

The New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick made all-world receiver Wes Welker skip an offensive series in a playoff game for making a few jokes, so you might think there'd be a standard of discipline established in Foxboro. You'd be wrong. Julian Edelman, just six days removed from indecent assault and battery charges for allegedly groping a woman, was back to...

Did Patriots Belichick pay player to start fights in practice?

He’s either crazy or crazy like a fox.New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been accused of paying a player to start fights in practice.Former NFL defensive lineman Chad Eaton told the Dayton Daily News, that when he … [visit site to read more]Did Patriots Belichick pay player to start fights in practice? - The Jet Press - The Jet Press - A New York Jets Fan Site...

Coverage isn’t sole problem

When Bill Belichick said last week that the play of the Patriots cornerbacks against the Steelers wasn’t “at the top of the list’’ of problems the defense had in that game, it raised some eyebrows.

Which Former Patriots Assistant Coach Would You Most Like to See Return to Bill Belichick's Staff?

Romeo Crennel did not enjoy a huge deal of success after leaving New England, posting a record of 24-40 in four seasons in Cleveland. Say this for Crennel, though: Of all the former Bill Belichick assistants to leave town, he's one of the few that didn't leave scortched earth in his wake. Not many of Belichick's former disciples can make the same claim. Eric Mangini and...

Revelations about Secret Life of Bill Belichick

DATELINE: HUMOR! New England Patriots guru, man behind the curtain, genius of the gridiron, and top secret operative, Bill Belichick had the wizard’s curtain pulled back for a few seconds in the days before the Patriots meet the New York Football Giants. Insights and information about Coach Belichick are usually hard to find, yet more than a few nuggets emerged on Friday....

Belichick paid player to start fights?

Former NFL defensive lineman Chad Eaton added to the growing mystique of Bill Belichick's coaching prowess, saying the coach would pay him on the side for starting fights during practice.

newenglandpatriotsuk: Tom Brady & Bill Belichick are...

newenglandpatriotsuk: Tom Brady & Bill Belichick are currently tied with Dan Marino & Don Shula for and NFL RECORD most wins by a Quarterback/Head Coach tandem with 116.

Patriots Loss A Sign Of Things To Come

The New England Patriots dropped a close one in Foxboro today, the first home loss for the Flying Elvii since the invention of the internal combustion engine. The Patriots gave up 80 yards in 1:21 on the final drive by the NY Giants, the final go ahead score coming with :15 seconds left. The game showcased some decent defense by the Pats, but it also exposed their weakness: If Tom...

Giants Fans Show Up in Droves at Gillette Stadium for Game Against Patriots

FOXBORO, Mass. -- While the events of Feb. 3, 2008, remain the low point of many Patriots' fans lives, it remains the greatest moment for Giants fans. That was clearly evident early Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, where fans sporting Giants jerseys were everywhere. The range of the Giants' jerseys covered several eras. There were several old-school Lawrence Taylor jerseys...

Patriots tackle chilly practice as they creep closer to date with the Giants

That Patriots appear to be in good health heading into Sunday’s game with the New York Giants. Colleague Ian Rapoport, who made the trek to the upper practice fields behind Gillette Stadium, to watch the first part of practice, indicated linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb) was missing.  Earlier, during his session with the media, Patriots coach Bill Belichick indicated Fletcher’s...

Churning the Roster: Has Bill Belichick’s Revolving Door Gone Too High Up the Roster

Bill Parcells used to love to try to get the best 53 players on his roster. So constantly tweaking the bottom of the roster was a usual habit. Bill Belichick brought the same philosophy to New England and used it effectively to win three super bowls. However, when is enough is enough? Hines Ward stated that he felt the Pittsburg Steelers didn’t need him against the Patriots...

Who's to Blame for the Patriots Secondary?

Is it Bill Belichick for letting talent go? Is it the players he’s kept? Or is the coaching staff of the group, led by Defensive Backs Coach Josh Boyer and Safeties Coach Matt Patricia? Let's look at a little history. When Belichick came on in 2000, he brought his protege Eric Mangini along with him, who would serve as his DB Coach. Mangini flourished in his work with the...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.