All the successful ballads about good relationships are written with some version of "I Love You Just the Way You Are" -- unless the main squeeze happens to be coach
What he heard a year ago was the familiar refrain of a nag -- change or else -- when Giants ownership presented him with a career ultimatum.
How could the dogmatic man, who, as a Jaguars coach years ago, mocked his rehabbing players by referring to them as the "sick, lame and lazy," suddenly loosen the rivets on his jaw line?
Amazing what an epiphany of self-preservation can do.
"He's pretty set in his ways as an old man," Giants punter
By all DNA accounts, football coaches are particularly resistant to flipping personas, living and breathing as system-driven machinists up to their chinstraps in insecurities. A demand for change is often construed as a threat to the code of head coaching.
Coughlin proved a coach can undergo a makeover without losing his schematic center, supplying the NFL with back-to-back Super Bowl acts of kindness in the world of coaching, offering an encore to the Colts
Are bullies so '90s? Can what worked for crusty Coughlin work for, say,
Could Hoodie change? Should Hoodie change? Owner
"I never sit in judgment of the way others are," Kraft said. "What's more important to me is what people are about at the core. If people were the way I might like them to be, they might not be as good at what they do."
True, Belichick's coaching imagination reveals a level of brilliance that only those with a "Beautiful Mind" can relate to, even though he was outfoxed by the Giants and himself during the Super Bowl.
(His decision to go for it on a fourth-and-13 at the Giants 31 in the third quarter revealed, if nothing else, a personnel decision failure on his part: Belichick had no faith in
The alterations Belichick needs to undergo are not related to his coaching style or player relationships. In a very different scenario from Coughlin's, Belichick may be confronted with his own moment of self-preservation should his legacy go under the knife in another round of Spygate inquiries.
To Belichick, verbal brevity is a virtue. He has tersely referred to the investigation around his team's videotaping habits as a league matter when it is, in fact, a situation he may have to further explain publicly at some point.
In the coming days, Sen.
Whatever Specter's motives -- like grandstanding for his Comcast constituency -- the issue is back and more bizarre than ever. Goodell's people plan to track down
What will Walsh say? How much does he know? He may turn out to be an opportunist looking to capitalize on his story, making him less than credible. But if he has evidence of more wrongdoing by the Patriots, if it turns out Spygate was less an aberration and more of a peephole into the Patriot's cheatin' hearts, Belichick will be in an interesting predicament with his legacy on the line.
It doesn't matter if every other team snoops around opponents illegally or if Jets coach
Few ever jump to come clean in sports, but those who do usually catch a break in public perception. And coaches can, if pushed, show another side of themselves. Coaches can, if under duress, have an epiphany. Coughlin has shown that.
"Nobody thought he could change," said Giants owner
Hoodie is the dictator of all dictators in the NFL. He reveals nothing, hides everything. Depending on what turn Spygate takes next, Belichick may have to decide whether he can change his ways. Ultimately, he may face a choice: open up or else.