Shipp shaped Belichick's thinking

Pats' coach credits NFL offensive guru who 'had an answer for everything'

Originally Published: September 4, 2009
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- OK, so how did famed defensive mind Bill Belichick learn offense? How did he become a complete coach whose football acumen survives -- even excels -- when his assistants bolt the New England Patriots for other jobs?

The clues are in this trailer owned by Ken Shipp, an 80-year-old former coach with a ski jump nose and floppy silver hair. In the 1970s, as an offensive coordinator for the Cardinals, Saints, Jets and Lions, Shipp was known in NFL circles as an aerial ...

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