|Bill Belichick doesn’t plan on ‘doing anything differently’ in light of John Fox, Gary Kubiak health issues||11.05.13 at 9:41 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Coaching in the NFL can be all-consuming. It can also be hazardous to one’s short and long-term health.
One needs to look no farther than this past weekend’s developments with John Fox and Gary Kubiak to see proof of that.
Texans coach Kubiak was released from a hospital Tuesday after suffering a transient ischemic attack during Sunday night’s game against the Colts. According to the Broncos, Fox remains “on track” to a full and complete recovery after undergoing surgery Monday to replace an aortic heart valve.
Bill Belichick, who normally gets away to a home on Nantucket, was asked Tuesday if the Fox and Kubiak cases make him think more about taking care of himself and taking extra time to rest during the bye.
“No, I don’t feel that way,” Belichick answered.
His daily routine would suggest the 61-year-old Belichick still takes superior care of himself, preparing for the rigors of the day-to-day demands of the job. He arrives early, runs and exercises regularly before beginning his day of planning, preparation and coaching.
“I’m comfortable with the schedule that I’m on and what I’m doing. I feel about what I feel normally at this time of the season which is good but it’s not like you feel on July 28 when you start the year or whenever it is. I feel good. I’m planning on making it through the rest of the year. I don’t really see, I don’t really plan on doing anything differently.”
|Adam Schefter on D&C: Dolphins OL Jonathan Martin ‘felt threatened, he felt harassed’ by teammate Richie Incognito||11.04.13 at 9:50 am ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss the ongoing Jonathan Martin bullying saga with the Dolphins, and the health issues of a pair of NFL coaches.
Miami announced on Sunday the indefinite suspension of offensive lineman Richie Incognito for his role in the alleged bullying of Martin, the Dolphins’ second-year lineman.
Martin left the team for emotional reasons last week, before Miami’s 22-20 overtime win against the Bengals on Thursday. A voicemail left by Incognito on Martin’s phone was the smoking gun, according to Schefter.
“They went over the transcripts of one voicemail last night, and made the determination to suspend Richie Incognito immediately,” Schefter said, adding: “Richie Incognito is on the Dolphins’ leadership council. … It’s unbelievable to think that he wielded his powers the way that he did.”
The reported trigger for Martin’s absence was a lunch room incident. According to ESPN, Incognito also approached Martin last summer to help fund a trip to Las Vegas with a group of Dolphins players. Martin donated $15,000 out of fear of retribution if he didn’t, but he never joined his teammates.
“We’ve seen in the NFL, veterans take rookies out and rookies picking up big dinner tabs and things of this sort,” Schefter said. “This went above and beyond that. This was an example where Jonathan Martin felt threatened, he felt intimidated, he felt harassed.”
It’s unknown when Martin will return to Miami, and how long Incognito’s suspension will last.
“The union is in a very difficult spot, because it is the union’s job to defend Richie Incognito,” Schefter said. “However, once the union gets a copy of this one particular voicemail, and the instances and text messages, the defense is going to be difficult to do.”
|John Fox: Dan Koppen ‘did a fantastic job’ for us this season||02.21.13 at 11:13 am ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Dan Koppen was one of the final cuts for the Patriots prior to the start of the 2012 season, but the veteran center quickly found a home in Denver. And when the Broncos lost starting center J.D. Walton early in the year to a broken ankle, Koppen stepping in and served as the starter for the rest of the season.
On Thursday morning at the scouting combine, Broncos coach John Fox said they were “fortunate” to find someone like Koppen, who helped stabilize the Denver offensive line and provide a spark for a late-season run.
“We were really fortunate. I thought our personnel department did a terrific job,” Fox said when asked about Koppen. “Dan Koppen stepped right in like nothing ever happened, and he was a big reason we were able to go on that run. You have a guy waiting in the wings when J.D. got hurt, and we really didn’t drop off a lot when he stepped in. He did a fantastic job, and he’s a guy I have a lot of respect for.”
|Broncos coach John Fox: Patriots are ‘a very talented team’||10.01.12 at 4:29 pm ET|
Coming off a 37-6 win over the Raiders on Sunday, Broncos coach John Fox said Monday that Denver has turned the page and is on to the Patriots. Fox hopes the Broncos, who suffered a 45-10 playoff loss to New England last season at Gillette, are better prepared for this game than they were back in January.
“Well, that’s the plan. Time will tell,” Fox said. “It’s going to be a very tough game at their place. They’re a very talented team. They are good in all three phases. They just strung up 52 [points]. I think they had a 31-point fourth quarter.
“They’ve got a lot of firepower and they have a first-ballot Hall of Fame guy under center as well. We’ll see. Whoever executes the best will have the best opportunity to win.”
He said that they will take a look back at the postseason defeat as a reference point.
“We’ll watch it. I mean, that’s all we do is watch tape,’ Fox said. “I’m sure we’ll look at it just for matchups — some of our players versus some of their players, just to see how that went. From my memory it didn’t go very well. We’ll look at it again I’m sure.”
Someone who might be able to give the Broncos some help when it comes to preparing for the Patriots is Dan Koppen. The longtime offensive lineman, who was in New England from 2003 through 2011 before being cut just before the start of the 2012 season, is expected to start at center for Denver. (Starting center J.D. Walton went on injured reserve with an ankle injury after going down against the Raiders.)
“He’s got that experience, just like [QB] Peyton Manning has a lot of experience,” Fox said of Koppen. “When you get to a new offense [with] new teammates, under pressure, it takes a minute to get accustomed to it. It’ll be the same for him as it’s been for Peyton.
“He had a similar injury as J.D. just had a year ago. That’s why he wasn’t with a team. We felt really good about the addition of him because he brings top-notch experience at that position. We had the opportunity to sign him and we did and I’m glad we did.”
Koppen saw his first action of the year Sunday against the Raiders.
“I thought he did very well,” said Fox. “One thing about NFL football is the tape is never as good as you think and it’s never as bad as you think. We still have a lot of improving to do. Dan with more reps in practice and a better understanding of our offense, he’s capable of playing better, but he did a good job kind of on the job training just getting thrown out there quickly when J.D. went down. Considering all that, he did an excellent job.”
Here are a few other highlights from Fox’s Q&A with the media on Monday:
|Joe Theismann on D&C: Peyton Manning ‘the right move’ for Broncos||03.21.12 at 12:09 pm ET|
Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Joe Theismann joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday to discuss, among other things, the Broncos’ signing of Peyton Manning and what may become of Tim Tebow‘s future in the wake of Manning’s arrival.
When asked if the Broncos made the most sense of the teams that Manning was considering, a final list that reportedly also included the Titans and 49ers, Theismann said that while we may never know what the main deciding factors were in Manning’s decision, he feels that Manning was heavily influenced by the presence of Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway.
“Well, it depends upon what Peyton wanted and what Peyton saw,” Theismann said. “We can prognosticate about a lot of different things — what he might have wanted, what he thought about things — [but] he’s the only one that really looked at the organizations and said, ‘This is the best chance for me to do what I want to do at the end of my career.’ I think he connected with John Elway. You’re talking about two of the greatest players that ever played the game getting on the same page, having a vision.”
With Manning now in the fold for the Broncos, Theismann said the team is unquestionably better with its high-profile addition at quarterback.
“Everyone in the organization is going to be better because of Peyton Manning,” Theismann said. “Last year in Denver, you have to understand, you had Tim Tebow learning how to play professional football. He still has to learn to be more accurate throwing the football if he wants to have a career in this league.
“So you had him learning, you had [Eric] Decker learning, you had Demaryius Thomas learning, you had John Fox learning. Now you have someone that brings a lot of experience, and I think it’s the right move for the Denver Broncos.”
Manning’s arrival in Denver casts immediate doubt over Tebow’s future as the Broncos quarterback. It has been widely speculated and reported that Tebow is likely to be traded. Theismann said that Tebow, despite the success he has experienced thus far in his career, still has a long way to go before becoming a standout NFL quarterback.
“He’s going to have to be a more accurate thrower of the football,” Theismann said. “If Tim Tebow can approach 58-60 percent throwing the football, I think he can be a great asset to any football team, but that’s a big if. I think that’s a bigger if than Peyton Manning’s health is an if.”
|John Elway says Broncos might trade Tim Tebow||03.20.12 at 4:21 pm ET|
Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said at Peyton Manning‘s introductory press conference Tuesday that trading former starting quarterback Tim Tebow is “a possibility,” and that he had told Tebow that in a phone conversation Monday.
“Coach [John] Fox and I called Tim last night and talked to him about it,” Elway said of the situation. “I think that having been in this game for as long as I have and seen as many friends as I’ve seen in this game that all of a sudden are there one day and gone another or retire and leave, that this is a tough business. I want to tell you that the toughest thing about this whole thing is Tim Tebow because of what I think of Tim Tebow.
“The things that he did last year was tremendous and helped turn this organization around from a 4-12 team to a playoff team and winning the division. I’ve got a great deal of respect for him as a person and the things that he does, but that is no question the toughest thing about this business, is the personal side. We just had to make a decision as an organization — myself, coach Fox, the personnel department, the coaches [as to] what would be the best opportunity for the Denver Broncos to be competitive for a world championship, and Peyton Manning was that. That’s why we chose to go in that direction.”
Added Elway: “Obviously he was disappointed. I’m sure he was disappointed. He didn’t come out and say he was disappointed. I think it was a typical Tim Tebow response in the fact that it was very positive, and he said, ‘Well we’re talking about Peyton Manning and I understand exactly what you’re doing.’”
Elway noted that he has yet to enter into trade talks with other teams regarding Tebow.
Manning said that no matter what happens with Tebow, he will support the 2010 first-round pick, whether as a teammate or otherwise.
“Let me just say this: I know what kind of player Tim Tebow is, and what kind of person he is — I’ve gotten to meet him personally one time — and what an awesome person he is,” Manning said. “If Tim Tebow is here next year, I’m going to be the best teammate I can be to him, and he and I are going to help this team win games. If other opportunities present themselves for him, I’m going to wish him the best. He’s going to be a great player wherever he is.”
|Fox not worried about McDaniels giving away secrets: ‘A lot about nothing’||01.10.12 at 6:52 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Denver coach John Fox wasn’t going to bite.
One day after addressing the matter with Denver reporters, Fox was asked on a conference call with New England reporters Tuesday afternoon if he was worried about former Denver coach Josh McDaniels — who was officially hired on Sunday by the Patriots as an offensive assistant — giving way organizational secrets to New England.
“Not really. Every organization has a building full of pro scouts, scouting departments, our write-ups are fairly big on every player on both teams as it is. It’s really going to come down to Broncos and Patriots,” he said. “You know, we change players with teams all throughout the year.
“It’s kind of a lot about nothing.”
Asked if they were “scrambling” to try and change the play calls, Fox responded quickly.
“No, because he doesn’t even know our offense. Our offense is completely different,” Fox said. “I know Josh a little bit and it’s always better to be employed as a coach than unemployed. We change personnel in this league quite a bit. Coaches change cities and players change cities – it’s kind of what we sign up for.”
McDaniels, who was at Patriots’ practice for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, was the head coach in Denver for the 2009 season and most of 2010. In that time, he traded up to draft Tim Tebow, and the two enjoyed a unique player-coach relationship when the two were together.
Tebow said Tuesday that there will inevitably be some overlap from McDaniels’ system with things like audibles, line calls and things like that, but he doesn’t see that as a big problem come Saturday.
“I think (offensive coordinator Mike) McCoy has done a really good job of implementing what he does. Are there some things that overlap? Absolutely,” Tebow said. “A lot coach McCoy has implemented from his background, where he came from and he’s done a great job. We’re not necessarily too worried about that. Coach McDaniels is a great coach and he’ll do a good job, but I’m confident in our coaches and their knowledge and I’m very proud of everything they’ve done this season.”
For his part, Tebow said Tuesday that he’s “happy” for McDaniels and his new situation, and he wishes him “nothing but the best.”
“I want to congratulate him,” he said. “(But) it’s not about that. It’s about the Broncos versus the Patriots, and it’s about us going into a hostile environment and trying to play a good game and playing a great team and playing Tom Brady and Bill Belichick – one of the teams that I watched over the last 12 years growing up.
“It’s exciting, it’s exciting for me because it’s the next round of the playoffs, it’s a big game, it’s playing one of the best quarterbacks of all-time, one of the best coaches of all-time and playing in a big game. It’s very exciting.”
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