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The Patriots' dynasty was built from the ashes of Bill Belichick's failure with the
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Bill Belichick's first game as a head coach in the summer of 1991, the boss wanted to see him. Art Modell, the owner of the Cleveland Browns, summoned Belichick and Ernie Accorsi, Accorsi would remember - just some trivial issue Modell wanted to discuss., the team's executive vice president,Womens Alex Smith Jersey, to his office. Nothing dire

Shortly after the meeting began, Modell's phone rang, told Accorsi to alert him when the call finally ended and just left., and he answered it. Belichick began to stir. He squirmed and nervously fiddled with his notebook. Minutes passed. Eventually he decided enough was enough, and Belichick closed his notebook

"If somebody is wasting his time,Womens Tyreek Hill Jersey, he has no use for it," said Rick Venturi, a former Browns assistant coach, unwilling to wait on anyone - even his boss.,Womens Justin Houston Jersey, and indeed that story was timeless Belichick: impatient, hyper-efficient

Long before the Super Bowls, with more championships than any other coach and on the verge of a sixth, the establishment of a dynasty alongside Tom Brady, the dry news conferences or the elevation of Belichick among football's legendary coaches (and,Womens Travis Kelce Jersey, beyond those greats), nearly obsessed with maximizing each second in a 24-hour day., he had the same personality: meticulous, unforgiving

Though not everything was the same, and anyone who suggests Belichick had a lifetime ticket on the legend track - and, there are many - is forgetting the hostile chants and the police cars and the stealth departures to flee from an angry Cleveland., five championships later

But first, even when he was just another 39-year-old man finding himself in a new job. Back then, yes, there were hints that Belichick would indeed become Belichick, he had no proven system beyond what he had studied under his father, a coach and mentor of some acclaim. "Do your job" wasn't yet a rallying cry of accountability or the title of documentaries; it was a crude state of mind that inspired some of Belichick's assistants and turned a few others against him., a scout, and experienced under Bill Parcells

"We were handcuffed - let's put it that way," said Gary Tranquill, he'd had enough of his stubborn boss and quit. "I didn't have any fun coaching there. It's as simple as that.", who coached the Browns' quarterbacks for three seasons before deciding, after Cleveland went 7-9 in 1993

Indeed, Accorsi would recall years later, the rewards - considering Cleveland endured losing seasons in four of Belichick's five seasons - rare., he occasionally fielded complaints from Browns staffers. The hours were long, the work thankless

Belichick was demanding and sarcastic, and Venturi said coaching was only part of his job description. Belichick demanded his coaches prepare for any scenario on the field, and he expected his assistants to "extend the day," as he often put it. That meant doing more than they might've been used to in other jobs, no matter how unlikely, to convene on Saturdays - ordinarily a light day of final prep - for a marathon review of how they'd defend and attack their opponent., and give a presentation on the best way to respond. They were assigned a dozen or so college players to scout and consider for the draft's late rounds, to watch film of game officials and unearth which crews called which penalties more or less often

Even when coaches scattered for summer vacation, they were subjected to the Belichick book club: some assignment," with the expectation Belichick would quiz them on its contents., such as coach Bill Walsh's "Finding the Winning Edge

"Everything to the 10th power, who'd coached nearly two decades of college and professional football before arriving in Cleveland. "I was reshaped in my coaching thinking in every aspect."," said Venturi

And in place of restful sleep and a peaceful existence and winning seasons, there was at least this: "When you went out on Sundays," Venturi said.,Authentic Alex Smith Jersey,  you always felt confident you weren't going to lose

But the Browns often did, and that engendered resentment. Tranquill, bristled that Belichick hired no offensive coordinator and insisted on calling plays despite having been a defensive coordinator under Parcells.,Womens Marcus Peters Jersey, a specialist on offense

Tranquill said Belichick simply called things he'd struggled to defend, and during one game when that wasn't working,Authentic Marcus Peters Jersey,that was his fault., Belichick gave up and surprised Tranquill by telling him he was in charge for the rest of the game - and if he was unprepared, well

"There was nobody on offense calling the shots," said Tranquill,Authentic Tyreek Hill Jersey, who had grown accustomed to demanding work environments during five seasons as Navy's head coach. "We would mash around things for hours, but sometimes that got old.", and then we'd have to go through him to make sure, and he'd say he doesn't want to do that - which is a head coach prerogative

So,Authentic Travis Kelce Jersey, who had chosen to lead the Browns instead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after a while, did the losing. When Accorsi hired Belichick, he told him a dramatic roster overhaul lay ahead. Sure enough,Authentic Spencer Ware Jersey," the clay figurine on "Saturday Night Live" whose intentions were good enough but whose hapless decisions often led to his maiming or being sawed in half., Authentic Justin Houston Jersey,Cleveland went 20-28 in Belichick's first three seasons, and by 1993 fans had begun referring to the coach as "Mr. Bill

The Columbus Dispatch referred to Belichick as a "clown" in 1993, and disgruntled fans marched on Berea, Ohio,Womens Spencer Ware Jersey, to protest the coach with signs that read "Waive Belichick." After Belichick released Bernie Kosar, the man who would become the greatest coach in history went home to the suburbs to find a police surveillance unit posted outside for his protection and went to work to find another cruiser stationed outside Browns headquarters., the Browns' popular quarterback, about 200 fans sneaked into the Municipal Stadium tunnel after a Cleveland loss to chant "Bill must go!" among other profane things. During the darkest times

"I'm not running for mayor," Belichick, and you can't make everybody happy.", not yet the mumbling and dismissive news conference figure seen today, told reporters then. "I'm running a football team

Belichick's Browns did win 11 games in 1994 to reach the playoffs, which loyalists point to as a hint at the coach's genius, a team that started 4-4 lost seven of its final eight games., but a year later Modell announced he was relocating his franchise to Baltimore; following the announcement

To cope, just to get out of Cleveland., Belichick occasionally scheduled his team to depart for road trips as early as Tuesday for a Sunday game

"It was so depressing to be in town," Venturi said, adding that by the end of that season it became an inevitability that Belichick and his staff would be fired. Modell - who died in 2012 - admitted as much, saying if his bid to move the team to Baltimore were approved, less intense coach; he tried to lure Don Shula out of retirement before ultimately replacing Belichick with Ted Marchibroda., he would start entirely fresh. Besides, he preferred a more genial

As for Belichick, he rejoined Parcells as secondary coach for the Patriots, had planned to vote against Cleveland's relocation but changed his mind on the day of the meeting and cast one of the deciding ballots supporting the franchise that would eventually become the Baltimore Ravens., with whom things just seem to have a way of working out. It was Patriots owner Robert Kraft who, in February 1996

Kraft observed Belichick while he was an assistant coach and recruited him to replace Pete Carroll as New England's coach in 2000. By then, Belichick's philosophy had evolved, his impatience and demanding nature had intensified., his on-camera persona had dried

Those things were different, shades of Cleveland. But Belichick had drafted a young quarterback named Brady the prior year, and despite entering the 2001 season with 60-to-1 odds of winning the Super Bowl, but his first season with the Patriots looked like little else had changed: New England went 5-11, they did exactly that by upsetting the heavily favored St. Louis Rams.
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