Originally written on cover32 - Patriots  |  Last updated 5/3/15

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 5: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots yells during the game against the San Francisco 49ers on October 5, 2008 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Given the length of Bill Belichick’s tenure with the Patriots, there are almost too many memorable plays, games, injuries and acquisitions to cover in a post. So instead, cover32 decided to look at some of the best moments during the last 14 off-seasons, from shock arrests, to big-name trades to legendary retirements. 2000: Belichick’s epic resignation from the New York Jets After Bill Parcell retired (for the second time) as head coach of the New York Jets, Belichick was poised to be the next head coach of the Patriots division rival. Kraft had courted Belichick behind the scenes and the press conference hosted to introduce Belichick turned into an impromptu resignation speech lasting about 30 minutes. He famously wrote his resignation letter on a piece of loose-leaf paper that read, “I resign as HC of NYJ.” After the Jets tried to prevent Belichick from speaking to other teams, he filed an antitrust suit with the league, and eventually ended up in New England where he instantly became head coach and was essentially given the powers of general manager. The dynasty was born. 2002: Gillette Stadium Breaks Ground When the Massachusetts Legislature initially denied a bill providing $75 million in infrastructure improvements necessary to build the new Patriots Stadium in 1998, Robert Kraft was in discussions with Hartford, Connecticut to move the team south. The NFL announced loan incentives of up to $150 million for teams in the top six markets, and there were some issues with the potential construction site in Hartford, so Kraft announced that he was abandoning the process. Eventually, the Massachusetts Legislature negotiated with Kraft to build the new stadium with mutually agreed upon infrastructure improvements. Since opening in 2002 Gillette Stadium has been the most intimidating venue in the NFL for visiting teams. Between 2002 and 2012, the Patriots boasted a 76-15 home record (.835) including the playoffs. You may also be interested in:The Best Off-Season Moments of the Bill Belichick EraCould any of these 10 rule changes benefit the New England Patriots?Top 5 players the Patriots could sign if they release Vince Wilfork
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chris Paul ruled out for Game 1 against Rockets

Stephen Curry thanks father in touching MVP speech

Lawrence Taylor's son pleads guilty to statutory rape

49ers FB Bruce Miller charged with vandalism

Report: Winston snubbed ESPN out of draft interview

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Some Colts players unhappy with first-round pick

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: Focus is on Julio Jones contract

Irvin on Seahawks not picking up option: ‘F— that option’

Brandon Prust rips referee, accuses him of on-ice trash talk

LeBron James ditched headband to look more like teammates

Report: Stephen Curry to be named NBA MVP

WATCH: Chewbacca throws out 1st pitch at Red Sox game

WATCH: Kyrie Irving carves up Bulls' defense for layup

WATCH: Metallica goes Jimi Hendrix for national anthem

Brandon McCarthy shares disturbing info about himself

Ole Miss fan got pregnant because of upset over Alabama

Willie Cauley-Stein legally changes middle name to 'Trill'

Marcus Mariota welcomed to Tennessee with billboard

Five takeaways from the first round of the NBA playoffs

NFL has a Los Angeles Rams webpage

10 undrafted free agents who could become NFL stars

WATCH: ESPN reporter calls first First Take a 'train wreck'

Mike Trout criticized for tweet about Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Cauley-Stein changes middle name to 'Trill'

NFL has Los Angeles Rams webpage

10 undrafted free agents to watch

Report: Winston snubbed ESPN

Life without Love: The new-look Cavs

Drafted player changes Twitter name to ‘Pick 245′

Floyd Mayweather Punch Out mock video game is great

Report: Steph Curry to be NBA MVP

Kelly: Tebow here to compete for job

Tony Allen booed for being rude?

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods break up

Pacquiao fought with injured shoulder?

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.