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New England Patriots History: Happy Birthday Ernie Adams

John Morgan
March 31, 2017 at 7:00 am ET

Today in the history of the New England Patriots we celebrate the birthday of the man, the myth, the legend: Ernie Adams. Ernie Adams turns turns 64 on March 31. The Pats’ Football Research Director is Bill Belichick’s trusted right hand man. Though he avoids publicity more than Greta Garbo, Adams is arguably one of the three most important people to the team’s success this millennium. March 31 is also the birth date of former Patriots Jim Colclough and Bam Childress.

 

Ernie Adams – Patriot Football Research Director

As a youth Ernie Adams’ primary interests were military history and football strategy. ‘Interest’ is actually putting it extremely mildly. As a teen Adams owned a copy of Football Scouting Methods, an obscure book read almost exclusively by a select group professional football scouts. That book was written by one Steve Belichick – Bill Belichick’s father. As fate would have it the two would meet when the younger Belichick enrolled at Phillips Academy. The perfect alliance was born.

Adams enrolled at Northwestern University where he sought a job as a student assistant on the football coaching staff, and his coaching career took off. After graduation he bugged Chuck Fairbanks for a job as an unpaid assistant, and New England’s coach finally relented. He immediately impressed far beyond expectations. After Fairbanks departed for greener pastures, Adams caught on with the New York Giants. Once there he told head coach Ray Perkins there was somebody he needed to hire: Bill Belichick. Adams moved up the ranks and was Bill Parcells’ director of pro personnel from 1982-85. After becoming frustrated with the Giants he left football to become a bonds trader on Wall Street.

Belichick and Adams reunited when BB became Cleveland’s head coach in 1991. Art Modell – who should go down in infamy for firing the two greatest coaches in pro football history – dumped Belichick on his way out of town for Baltimore. Adams was apparently not eager to again work for Bill Parcells, and started his own investment business.

Ernie Adams joins the New England Patriots

Adams joined the Patriots’ staff when Belichick became New England’s head coach in 2000. Adams is known for thinking outside of the box, beyond the scope of traditional football thought. A Rutgers statistics professor once published a study on when teams should go for a two-point conversion. Adams was the only NFL person to contact the professor to follow up on his work. From his viewpoint up above in the coaches box, Adams is one of the few with direct communications to Belichick.

Tom Brady said Adams “knows more about professional football than anyone I ever met.” Brady added “You have to make (the defense) defend the width of the field and the length of the field. Ernie told me, he once told me, ‘Make them defend every blade of grass.’ I think that’s a great thing to do. They’ve got to be able to – that’s how you stress the defense. You can force the ball to all different parts of the field, and they never really know who’s going to get it.”

I highly recommend that everyone read (or re-read) David Halberstam’s Education of a Coach for more insight on Ernie Adams. If you don’t have a copy already you can get one on Amazon for a couple bucks. In the interim, check out these articles; they are well worth the time to read them (despite in some cases the source).

Ernie Adams

Mystery Man – If you’re a true Patriot, then you need to know Ernie Adams, Coach Bill Belichick’s voice-in-his ear, football-genius right-hand man | Northwestern University Magazine

Who Is This Guy? You don’t know his face, but he’s the biggest secret behind the Patriot’s success | ESPN

The Patriots’ man behind the curtain – Is little-known Bill Belichick confidant Ernie Adams the secret to the Patriots’ success? | Boston Globe

Tom Brady shares words of wisdom from New England Patriots research director Ernie Adams | MassLive.com

Adams’s role? It’s top secret | boston.com

Why Ernie Adams is so interesting | WEEI

 

Jim Colclough, Patriot WR 1960-68

Jim Colclough (3/31/1936-5/16/2004)
Uniform #81

The Quincy native and Boston College grad was an original Patriot and star of the American Football League. He was a late draft pick of Washington in 1959. Colclough did not make the Redskin roster and then played in Canada for one year. Colclough is a member of the Pats’ All-Decade Team of the 1960’s. He caught 283 passes for 5001 yards, averaging 17.7 yards per reception while scoring 39 touchdowns.

From the Patriots’ 1968 media guide:

An all-time Patriot … has provided Pats fans through the years with some of their greatest thrills … ranks behind only (Lance) Allworth and Dubenion in best all-time AFL average gain with passes caught (17.6) … ranks ninth in top ten of all-time AFL pass receivers.

More from the Patriots’ archives:

Jim Colclough was one of the original Patriots, having played with Boston from 1960 through 1968. He was also one of the most productive wide receivers in franchise history, a fact not widely know among some of the later-generation Patriots fans since his playing days came in the early days when pro football was just getting its foothold in New England.

But make no mistake, Jim had some of the best hands in the game.

Jim spent a season in 1965 with the New York Jets where he developed a close friendship with superstar Joe Namath. Later, along with the Bruins Derek Sanderson, they opened a sports bar in Boston’s Park Square called The Bachelors 3.

After football, Jim got a Masters in Education. He was the head coach at Boston State (Div. III) and won the league championship in 1978-79. He also worked in the financial services field and authored a Lotus program eventually bought by New England Life.

From his 2004 obituary:

Colclough launched his professional career as a defensive back for a season in the Canadian Football League, but returned to his native New England in 1960 when he signed as a receiver with the Boston Patriots of the American Football League. That year, he led the team with 49 receptions for 666 yards and nine touchdowns. For the next nine seasons, he was one of the most productive players in the AFL, compiling 283 career receptions for 5,001 yards and 39 touchdowns. His 17.7-yard average per reception remains third in franchise history and his 39 touchdown receptions currently ranks fourth.

He held the Patriots career record with 5,001 yards receiving until Stanley Morgan eclipsed it in 1983 and he remains one of only five Patriots players to reach the 5,000-yard receiving plateau. His 283 career receptions still ranks seventh in franchise history.

Jim Colclough

On a side not, for more on Bachelor’s 3 check out the following:

The End of Daisy Buchanan’s: Sports Stars Flocked to Storied Boston Bar | Boston Globe

Bruins Legend Derek Sanderson Recalls His Venture Into The Bar Business With Joe Namath | The Post Game

The Bachelor’s III Ordeal | Tales from the AFL

 

Bam Childress, Patriot WR 2005-06

Brandon ‘Bam’ Childress, 35 (3/31/1982)
Uniform #13

As a basketball player in high school Childress averaged 18 points per game and his team won the state championship. His football team made it to the state semifinals. Childress set school career records for scoring (202 points), touchdowns (33), receiving yards (2,258), touchdown receptions (21), punt returns for a touchdown (seven) and all-purpose yardage (7,103). Childress was named the state of Ohio’s ‘Mr. Football’ in 1999. He began his college football career at Ohio State as a cornerback, then reverted to his role at wide receiver.

The Patriots signed the 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pound Childress as an undrafted rookie in July of 2005. The Pats worked Childress out at both corner and receiver and he spent nearly the full season on the practice squad. Childress was activated for the final 2005 regular season game. In the game most well known for Doug Flutie’s drop kick, Childress saw his first NFL action. He caught three out of four passes thrown his way for 32 yards, with a long of 21. Childress also had five tackles (two solo).

Childress was part of final training camp cuts in 2006. He spent most of the season on the practice squad, activated for the season opener and a week 15 game. He spent all of 2007 on New England’s practice squad and then signed with Philadelphia. The Eagles cut Childress just prior to the start of the 2008 season. He signed on with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders but was once again a final training camp cut. Childress is now back in Ohio, employed as a State Farm insurance agent.

Bam Childress

 

Other notable NFL players born today include:
Jimmy Johnson (79), 3/31/1938 – Not as well known as either the coach-turned-broadcaster or race car driver, this Jimmy Johnson was a five-time Pro Bowl, Hall of Fame corner for San Francisco.
John Taylor (55), 3/31/1962 – caught Joe Montana’s 10-yard touchdown pass with 34 seconds to play to cap a 20-16 Superbowl comeback victory over Cincinnati.
James Jones (33), 3/31/1984 – Packer wide receiver had 14 touchdown receptions in 2012, and had five 50+ reception seasons.
Mark Tuinei (3/31/1960-5/6/1999) – Left Tackle won three Superbowls with Dallas.
Ed Marinaro, 67 (3/31/1950) – Heisman Trophy runner-up from Cornell is more well known as Officer Joe Coffey on the 80’s television series Hill Street Blues.

 

ICYMI Patriots vs Dolphins: Best (And Worst) of Patriots Social Media Week 17

Robert Alvarez
January 4, 2016 at 9:38 pm ET

The Weekend began with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posting a Winter Classic Bruins tribute to his personal Facebook page. He joked around with Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask by photo-shopping his face onto a picture of Rask in his equipment.

Thanks Tuukka for featuring me on your mask today! In your honor, I'll be rocking your pads this Sunday in Miami. Happy new year and go Bruins! #WinterClassic

Posted by Tom Brady on Friday, January 1, 2016

Wide receiver Brandon LaFell took advantage of the location of the final game, bringing his family to the beach for the holiday weekend.

Enjoying the beach and great weather in #miami

A post shared by Brandon JoJo LaFell Sr. (@blafell1) on

In their season finale, the Miami Dolphins sported their rather bright “aqua” colored jerseys.

Running back Stephen Jackson pulled a page out of former Boston Celtic Kevin Garnetts book with a rather vicious pregame routine at the goal post.

Pink Stripes sighting!

Dolphins Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Shula gets the royal treatment in Miami.

Sigh of relief.

With the game underway, it proved to be an offensive struggle for both franchises, with the score remaining 3-0 Dolphins into the second quarter when defensive end Ndamukong Suh had this ferocious low hit on Tom Brady that nearly sent Patriots fans everywhere into a coma. Following the game, Brady was diagnosed with a sprained ankle.

https://twitter.com/MarkDanielsPJ/status/684173861882048512/video/1

It was a long afternoon for TB12.

Steven Jackson scored his first touchdown as a member of the Patriots.

With the game tied at 10 late in the fourth quarter, Dolphin wide receiver DeVante Parker made this ridiculous catch to get his team within striking distance of a fourth quarter go ahead score.

A few plays later Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill found tight end Jordan Cameron to take a 17-10 touchdown lead with 6:58 to go in the game.

After a few more tough hits on Tom Brady he was relived for backup Jimmy Garoppolo the Patriots decided to throw in the towel and prefer full health going into the playoffs.

The Patriots concluded the 2015 season with a 17-10 defeat and a final record of 12-4, losing four of their final six games.

Patriots players following the game made sure to tweet optimism towards the panicking fanbase.

But the local media will be in full “worry mode” for the next two weeks.

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The Patriots will have a much needed bye week to get healthy before the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs. The schedule was announced following the conclusion of the Sunday Night Football match up between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Backers.

On his weekly Monday Morning interview with WEEI radio’s Dennis and Callahan program, Tom Brady vowed to his fans and the NFL, “We’ll be a different team in two weeks.” A link to the full interview HERE.