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Old 12-08-2009, 02:50 PM   #1
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Talking Belichick’s Clan Replacing Loyalty With Ugliness

Even though I think Silver's generally a douche, I have to say I enjoyed this article.

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Belichick’s clan replacing loyalty with ugliness

By Michael Silver, Yahoo! Sports

With 12 minutes to go in the 12th game of his 13th NFL season, Mike Vrabel finally lost his swagger. The Chiefs’ 34-year-old linebacker lost his composure, too: Upset after the Broncos went for it on fourth-and-1 with a 21-point lead – and rookie halfback Knowshon Moreno raced in for an 18-yard touchdown – Vrabel flipped his middle finger to the Denver bench as he walked off the field.

“I was frustrated,” Vrabel told Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock after the game. “I’ve been on the other end of one of those [blowout victories] and it’s a lot of fun. Well, now I’ve been on the other side, and it’s not good.”

Hey, payback’s a bitch – and then you retire.

For eight years Vrabel was a key part of this decade’s dominant NFL franchise, buying into the Bill Belichick code of boorish intimidation with a zealot’s devotion. Then, on Feb. 28, he received an unceremonious excommunication from the family. So much for loyalty: Looking for nothing more than cap space, the Pats included Vrabel in the trade that sent quarterback Matt Cassel to the Chiefs, where Belichick’s former right-hand man, Scott Pioli, was the newly hired general manager.

Now Vrabel is playing out his final football days for a 3-9 team that on Sunday allowed another Belichick prodigy, first-year Broncos coach Josh (I Wear a Hoodie, Too!) McDaniels, yet another opportunity to pay homage to his mentor. And if you think it was a coincidence that McDaniels chose to pour it on against the team run by Pioli, you probably also believe that Eric Mangini had nothing to do with Spygate.

Mangini’s estrangement from his former boss might have been the most celebrated instance of pettiness between the Pats and ex-Pats, but it clearly wasn’t an anomaly. From the Rocky Mountains to the shadow of the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, Belichick’s Boys seem locked in chest-puffing quests to prove their alpha-male dominance, and really, should we be surprised?

These are single-minded men who conducted themselves in New England as though they’d run it up against their own mothers in Scrabble and displayed all the personal charm of a box of a GPS direction-provider. They also seem to have issues with boundaries, as I was just discussing with my new life coach, Charlie (Playa Hater) Weis.

So yes, Mr. Vrabel – McDaniels was most certainly trying to show you who your daddy is. Or perhaps he was telling Pioli, “I’m Bill’s best and brightest, not you.” Or maybe it had something to do with retribution for the Cassel trade, which didn’t exactly play out the way the Broncos had hoped, at least at the time.

It doesn’t really matter. The point is, in the eyes of Belichick and his disciples, you’re either ruthless or helpless, and if it’s the latter don’t expect your old buddies to help you up and assuage your pain.

The remotely amusing part of all of this is that the Don Mega himself may soon be reduced to flipping the middle finger to the world in frustration, which wouldn’t be much different from the way he behaved after losing Super Bowl XLII.

The Patriots are 7-5, and Belichick’s motivational magic seems to be a bit lacking. I say this because quarterback Tom Brady, through his public comments Sunday and Monday, has taken over the role of locker-room warlord, questioning teammates’ commitment and intensity.

Belichick, I’m fairly certain, doesn’t have a problem with his future Hall of Fame quarterback sounding those notes. But it does mark a departure from the whole “One Voice” mission statement that the coach helped make famous, and I’m guessing that even if Belichick were bothered by Brady’s comments, he wouldn’t have the guts to censure him.

Loyalty might be a fleeting concept in Belichick’s world, but right now, he needs as much of it as he can muster.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: Belichick’s Clan Replacing Loyalty With Ugliness

Wow great stuff Franchise '76!

I used to like Vrabel but when he sold his sole to the devil and I love that he has to reap what he has sown.I also love that the cheats seem to be coming apart at the seams couldn't happen to a better team. Thank you for posting this it helped make my day.
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What goes around, comes around. Eventually.
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I always thought Vrabel would be the next great OLB for us. He couldnt beat out Carlos Emmons for the job and Cowher told him to take the Patriots offer he would play more for them.
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I always thought Vrabel would be the next great OLB for us. He couldnt beat out Carlos Emmons for the job and Cowher told him to take the Patriots offer he would play more for them.

Really I didn't know that. WOW

Emmons was a beast I liked what he brought to the table to bad he went to philly,
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:54 PM   #6
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everybody who has extended contact with belecheat turns into a douchebag.

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Following a tenure distinguished by losses to Syracuse, Navy and UConn, you'd think Charlie Weis would want to make himself scarce.

But no. To commemorate his first week of unemployment, Weis appeared at a press conference on the Notre Dame campus Monday, endorsing the decisions of quarterback Jimmy Clausen and wide receiver Golden Tate to leave school early for the NFL. Now I'm all for student-athletes using the system before it uses them. But I have to wonder if Weis was the one to dispense objective advice.

With $18 million still outstanding on his contract, Weis remains magnanimous enough to declare, "I'm not rooting against Notre Dame." He doesn't want his successor "to do worse than me so everyone says, 'I wish they would have kept Weis.' " (Something, I assure you, they'll never say in South Bend).

Then again, what the coach says and what he means are two different things. When it comes to being passive-aggressive, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie couldn't do better than Charlie Weis.
n this same transparently vindictive exit interview, posted over the weekend by IrishIllustrated.com, Weis was asked about USC coach Pete Carroll. He responded thusly:

"Let me ask you this question: You guys know about things that go on in different places. Was I living with a grad student in Malibu, or was I living with my wife in my house? You could bet that if I were living with a grad student here in South Bend, it would be national news. He's doing it in Malibu and it's not national news. What's the difference? I don't understand."
This remark, mind you, was given during an interview in which Poor Charlie was bemoaning the terrible toll the vicious, gossip-mongers in the internet media exacted from his family. "They beat my wife down and they beat my son down," he said."

On Sunday, having already inflicted irreparable harm on the Carroll family, Weis apologized profusely and blamed — who else? — the media. It was a "totally subjective" conversation, said the naif who spent five years at the helm of college football's most intensely covered program.

You wonder what Weis would be saying if not for his $18 million in ill-gotten gains. I mean, the Enron guys whined less.

In a month or so, says Weis, he'll have another NFL job. He'll owe this one, like the last, to his benefactor and great good friend, Bill Belichick. "To this day, we talk every single week," he said. "We've always talked every single week. There are people in New England who say, 'There's a rift between Weis and Belichick.' We've never been closer because I've stuck by him. While all this stuff was going down in New England, there was one person who was sticking by him, and that was me."
Did I miss something? Was Belichick hanging by a thread when Charlie saved him with a helping hand?

If the me-and-Bill bit is vomitously self-serving, it's also predictable. Take away his association with Belichick, and what else does a guy like Charlie Weis have?


Which brings me, in an admittedly roundabout way, to the point. My disgust with this pompous ass has led me to uncover the most overrated commodity in football, maybe all of sports: the Bill Belichick coaching tree.

I cast no aspersions on Belichick here. He might be a creep, but he's a great coach, even if he did go for it on fourth-and-2. Still, the idea that his genius — if coaching acumen can be described in such terms — is contagious, is a fallacy. It doesn't rub off.
I won't bother comparing the House of Belichick to those of Sid Gilman, Bill Walsh and Paul Brown. Suffice it to say that Belichick's coaching tree has borne less fruit than, say, the Jim Fassel tree.

Oh, no?

Consider that Fassel's coordinators with the 2000 Giants were John Fox, a head coach who has brought a team to a Super Bowl, and Sean Payton, a head coach who will.

Actually, it was Bill Parcells who hired Payton from the Giants to run the Cowboys passing game. Once upon a time, Belichick was considered a Parcells disciple. But by 2004, Belichick had won three Super Bowls, which was three more than Parcells had won without him, and everyone looking for a new head coach just had to have one of Belichick's coordinators.
At this writing, the most successful of them is Josh McDaniels, the wunderkind in Denver. His first season as a head coach has been a very good one. Then again, recall that Belichick's former defensive coordinator, Eric Mangini, was called "Mangenius" in his first season with the Jets.

Fired after three seasons in New York, Mangini replaced another Belichick assistant in Cleveland. Romeo Crennel, who had preceded Mangini as the Patriots' defensive coordinator, went 24-40 in four seasons with the Browns. In keeping with this tradition, Mangini is now 1-11 in Cleveland. It bears mention that his quarterback, a Notre Dame alum named Brady Quinn, was enthusiastically endorsed by Charlie Weis.
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And some people want that morbidly obese dickbag to replace Arians as OC.

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And some people want that dickbag to replace Arians as OC.
i think its safe to say he won't be getting a christmas card from carroll...
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i think its safe to say he won't be getting a christmas card from carroll...
I think fatboy dissed Carroll out of jealousy knowing that said grad student would have to be a blind and excessively desperate one to shack up willingly with Jabba the Hutt.
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And some people want that morbidly obese dickbag to replace Arians as OC.
They are the same people that were calling Mendenhall a bust in week 3 this year .........and are now all over his jock as the next great Steeler RB.
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