Found March 28, 2014 on cover32 - Patriots:
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

Footage of Bill Belichick giving reporter the stink eye as good as it gets (video)

Bill Belichick was his typical curmudgeonly self during the NFL’s annual meetings this week down in Florida, although he did manage to crack a pretty good joke about how he chose to skip the group photo of current NFL head coaches by saying he could be Photoshopped in. He also provided a tongue-in-cheek quip about […] The post Footage of Bill Belichick giving reporter the stink...

Bill Belichick doesn't appreciate reporter's question about Gronk

Come on reporter, are you seriously asking Bill Belichick about Rob Gronkowski this offseason? You should know better than to come at The Hoodie with questions about Gronk.

Patriots send six staff including Belichick to work out FSU wide out

According to Gil Brandt of the Patriots have shown quite a bit of interest in wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. @Gil_Brandt: Bill Belichick and 6 members of his #Patriots staff worked out WR Kelvin Benjamin at #FSU last Friday. One of Pats coaches threw to KB. The post Patriots send six staff including Belichick to work out FSU wide out appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick pitches extended PATs - NFL Videos

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Most coaches didn't want Bill Belichick's proposed rule which would allow any play to be challenged

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Patriots get decent return on rules change proposals

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Bill Belichick Hates Reporters Rob Gronkowski Question

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Bill Belichick is glad the Patriots were able to retain Julian Edelman

Count Bill Belichick among those who are happy to see Julian Edelman on the Patriots for the foreseeable future. The Patriots head coach was asked about what it means for the team to have Julian back and Belichick responded in his trademarked straightforward style: "I'm glad we were able to work things out with Julian," Belichick said, via Jamey Eisenberg...

Patriots re-sign center Ryan Wendell

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Report: Bill Belichick, Patriots Work Out Kelvin Benjamin, First-Round Wide Receiver

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Are the Patriots rebuilding in the image of Seahawks?

Like them, dislike them, or truly despise them, the New England Patriots are a model of efficiency in the NFL. You can argue style and character all you want but you can’t argue with their results. Since 2001 Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and company have made it to the Super bowl five times and missed the playoffs exactly twice. While much of the credit is due their clutch quarterback...


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When the dust settled, Vince Wilfork was still a Patriot

Bob Kraft said he wanted the big man in Foxborough.  Bill Belichick had no comment.  Vince Wilfork was so elusive that he was becoming as notorious as a prohibition era gangster, surfacing without notice and ripping innocent name plates off of lockers......but unlike those thugs, Wilfork has worked very hard for his money and the only violence inherent in his system results in...

Free-Agency Whirlwind Recap

I don't think there's ever been a free-agency period that I've enjoyed as much as this 2014 go-round for the Patriots.  Usually, this is the time of year when my favorite players get signed away and I'm left wondering what bargain-basement no-name Bill Belichick will come up with to replace them.  I don't lose too much sleep over it as I have supreme confidence...
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