Belichick: unbeaten '72 Dolphins were "awesome" and "fun to watch" Print
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 20 December 2007 13:43
NFL Headline News

 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Bill Belichick remembers the 1972 Miami Dolphins as ``an awesome team.'' He was ``a big fan'' of their coach, Don Shula.
And the only team to go undefeated in NFL history was ``fun to watch.''
So any expectations the Patriots coach who is trying to match that perfect record would be his usual unenlightening self were dashed Thursday, three days before Miami (1-13) visits New England (14-0).
Belichick was unusually talkative - and complimentary - about that accomplishment, even though Shula has suggested an asterisk be placed next to the Patriots' record.
The reason: Belichick and the Patriots were punished by the NFL for spying on New York Jets coaches with a sideline videocamera during the season opener. Shula later softened his tone, but contended that New England's success is diminished by Spygate.
``We had dinner in the offseason,'' Belichick said. ``I don't think I've talked to him since then.''
He hasn't responded to Shula's remarks, but the links between Belichick and the Shula family don't appear to contain any animosity.
They started in Ohio between Belichick's father, who attended Western Reserve in Cleveland, and Shula, who went to John Carroll in a suburb of that city.
Belichick was studying for his bachelor's degree in economics at Wesleyan in Middletown, Conn., when the 1972 Dolphins went 17-0, beating Washington in the Super Bowl. In 1975, Belichick got his start in the NFL as a special assistant for Ted Marchibroda with the Baltimore Colts, the team Shula coached from 1963-69.
``The first time I really remember spending time with him was in '75, when I was with the Colts and he was the head coach of the Dolphins,'' Belichick said. ``Pregame warm up and stuff like that, just bumping into him.''
From 1992-95, Belichick and Shula's son, David, coached in the same division: Belichick with Cleveland and Shula with Cincinnati. He also knows Shula's son Mike, who spent four seasons as coach at Alabama before becoming quarterbacks coach this season for Jacksonville, a team New England could face in the playoffs.
``There's sort of an interrelationship there with David and Mike, as well as Don,'' Belichick said.
Having grown up in Annapolis, Md., outside of Baltimore, Belichick rooted for the Colts.
``I was a big fan of Coach Shula from when we was at Baltimore,'' he said.
Shula left for Miami in 1970 and coached there through the 1995 season. The Dolphins' perfect record was built on a powerful running game that included two 1,000-yard rushers, Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris, and a dangerous receiver, Paul Warfield, who led the team with just 29 catches.
Their biggest win that season: 52-0 over the Patriots in Miami.
``The team they had was an awesome team, and they were fun to watch,'' Belichick said. ``They had a great style of play that I think we all remember.''
Today, some members of that team are obsessed with their place in history. They have been known to pop bottles of champagne-style beverages when teams close to going unbeaten lost their first game.
To some Patriots, that possessiveness is understandable.
``You need to be,'' said linebacker Junior Seau, a Dolphin from 2003-05. ``That's a prideful thing, especially when you're the only team that's been able to do something special.''
``They accomplished something that no one's ever done,'' said special teams star Larry Izzo, with Miami from 1996-2000. ``They should be very proud.''
But when they play the Dolphins on Sunday, the Patriots will be heavily favored to maintain their chance of becoming the second team to finish the season undefeated.
``I respect everything they've done,'' Seau said. ``We're not even close to what they've been able to do. We're only on our 15th game.''
Belichick, no doubt, has told his players about another memorable Dolphins moment: a 29-28 Patriots loss three years ago in a game they entered with a 12-1 record while the Dolphins were 2-11.
``The last historical moment that really is etched in my mind with the Dolphins would be Dec. 20, 2004,'' he said. ``You want to talk about football history with the Dolphins, that one is up there probably more profoundly than any other one.''

NFL Team Pages

Top NFL Public Bets

#1 453 Dallas Cowboys 88%
#2 467 Indianapolis Colts 83%
#3 460 New Orleans Saints 82%
#4 471 San Francisco 49ers 78%
#5 479 Chicago Bears 74%
#6 462 Cincinnati Bengals 73%
#7 463 Baltimore Ravens 71%
#8 465 Green Bay Packers 65%
#9 457 Houston Texans 65%
#10 478 Carolina Panthers 65%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NFL Futures

View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.