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Subject: Re: Ivy league NFL analyst disses Belichik

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Date Posted: 15:57:18 02/15/17 Wed
In reply to: Calvin 's message, "Ivy league NFL analyst disses Belichik" on 08:51:40 02/08/17 Wed

In terms of Belichick's tenure at Cleveland, there is a very interesting back story. During his first four years with the Browns, Belechick's teams had made steady progress improving the Browns every year from a 6-10 team in 1991 to an 11-5 playoff team in 1994.

The NFL Network did an excellent documentary story on the 1995 Cleveland Browns when Coach Bill Belichick, his very talented and dedicated staff and his rapidly improving team all were completely blind-sided by Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell in 1995. In the middle of the season on November 6, 1995, owner Art Modell elected to turn this former playoff team into complete turmoil by announcing to relocate the team to Baltimore in 1996 in what is referred to fans as "The Move". This created an enormous distraction and emotional turmoil that basically ruined the 1995 season and reversed all of the prior momentum created by Belichick. After you watch this NFL Network documentary, you will have real empathy for how completely unfair this situation was for this talented coaching staff and their players. For example, the players wanted to hide from the fans during this season and it was hard for anyone to concentrate on football the rest of the season.

If Art Model has at least waited until after the season (like all other NFL owners have done related to city relocations), then Belichick may have been able to salvage the next season. But, as a result of the highly ill-conceived manner that Art Modell elected to handle this mid-season, it essentially killed any chances of the Cleveland Browns becoming a playoff team again in 1995. This was so dumb a Move that I am guessing that if a similar mid-season "Move" was forced upon any of the other legendary coaches, such as Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, Chuck Noll, Bill Parcels, Tom Landry or Joe Gibbs during their NFL coaching careers, they each would have encountered similar devastating impact on their teams.

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Date Posted: 16:34:18 02/15/17 Wed

Initially Belichik was to go with the team to Baltimore. Modell even announced that he would be the coach. But apparently he got cold feet in the offseason and wanted a complete re-boot including a coach who would help establish popularity in Baltimore, and that man was Ted Marchibroda who had coached in Baltimore before, so he fired Belichik.

In fact today is the anniversary of that firing.

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