MIXED REVIEWS FROM AROUND LEAGUE
ATLANTA - The football cognoscenti gathered for Sunday's Super Bowl took a break from dissecting the Rams and Titans yesterday to take in perhaps the final chapter of the Bill Parcells-Robert Kraft-Bill Belichick soap opera.
The deal drew mixed reviews, with some saying the price of a No. 1 draft pick for Belichick was too high . . .
Joe Theismann, former Redskins quarterback: "I think it's great. I think it's great for Bill and great for the Patriots . . . Bill Belichick goes back to a team he knows and helped take to the Super Bowl. He knows the personnel. He knows the players. He knows the stars. And the players know him. The defensive players all rave about the job he did there. The players were mentally beaten down last year. They were beaten down in the press. They were beaten down because they were wondering what would happen with Pete Carroll. This is a new beginning . . .
Roger Craig, former 49ers running back: "I think it's great for him. He's where he wanted to be. I think he'll be a great coach. It's tough to be where your heart doesn't want to be. I think the Jets should have released him. They should have just let him go. You shouldn't be tied to something you don't want to do in life."Randy Cross, former 49ers offensive lineman: "It's awful early in the year to say that it would be the worst-kept secret. From the beginning, I thought he was going to be with the Patriots. It got convoluted, stretched out, prolonged. If this were a seesaw, I'd be straight up in the air right now. I guess I'm different than most - I think Bill Belichick is a heck of a football coach. I think he learned a lot from his Cleveland experience. Let's face it, they've got some great talent [in New England]. I think he's going to give them an edge, an attitude they haven't had."
Boston Globe, January 17, 1980