A wide receiver referred to as wideouts or receivers, is an offensive position in American and Canadian football, is a key player. They get their name because they are split out "wide". Wide receivers are among the fastest players on the field; the wide receiver functions as the pass-catching specialist. The wide receiver's principal role is to catch passes from the quarterback. On passing plays, the receiver attempts to avoid, outmaneuver, or outrun defenders in the area of his pass route. If the receiver becomes open, or has an unobstructed path to the destination of a catch, he may become the quarterback's target. Once a pass is thrown in his direction, the receiver's goal is to first catch the ball and attempt to run downfield; some receivers are perceived as a deep threat because of their flat-out speed, while others may be possession receivers known for not dropping passes, running crossing routes across the middle of the field, converting third down situations. A receiver's height contributes to their expected role.
A wide receiver has two potential roles during running plays. In the case of draw plays and other trick plays, he may run a pass route with the intent of drawing off defenders. Alternatively, he may block for the running back. Well-rounded receivers are noted for blocking defensive backs in support of teammates in addition to their pass-catching abilities. Sometimes wide receivers are used to run the ball in some form of an end-around or reverse; this can be effective because the defense does not expect them to be the ball carrier on running plays. For example, wide receiver Jerry Rice rushed the ball 87 times for 645 yards and 10 touchdowns in his 20 NFL seasons. In rarer cases, receivers may pass the ball as part of a trick play. A receiver can pass the ball so long as they receive the ball behind the line of scrimmage, in the form of a handoff or backwards lateral; this sort of trick play is employed with a receiver who has past experience playing quarterback at a lower level, such as high school, or sometimes, college.
Antwaan Randle El threw a touchdown pass at the wide receiver position in Super Bowl XL playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Seattle Seahawks. Antwaan Randle El played quarterback for four years at Indiana University. Wide receivers also serve on special teams as kick returners or punt returners, as gunners on kick coverage teams, or as part of the hands team during onside kicks. On errant passes, receivers must play a defensive role by attempting to prevent an interception. If a pass is intercepted, receivers must use their speed to chase down and tackle the ball carrier to prevent him from returning the ball for a long gain or a touchdown. In the NFL, wide receivers can use the numbers 10–19 and 80–89; the wide receiver grew out of a position known as the end. The ends played on the offensive line next to the tackles. By the rules governing the forward pass and backs are eligible receivers. Most early football teams used the ends as receivers sparingly, as their position left them in heavy traffic with many defenders around.
By the 1930s, some teams were experimenting with moving one end far out near the sideline, to make them more open to receive passes. These split ends became the prototype for the modern wide receiver. Don Hutson, who played college football at Alabama and professionally with the Green Bay Packers, was the first player to exploit the potentials of the split end position, is credited as inventing the wide receiver position; as the passing game evolved, a second wide receiver position was added. While it is possible to move the opposite end out wide for a second split end position most teams preferred to leave that end in close to provide extra blocking protection on the quarterback's blind side; that player was playing the modern day tight end position. Instead of moving the blind side end out, one of the three running backs was split wide instead, creating the flanker position; the flanker lined up off the line of scrimmage like a running back or quarterback, but split outside like a split end.
Lining up behind the line of scrimmage gave flankers some advantages. Flankers have more "space" between themselves and a pressing defensive back, so cornerbacks can not as "jam" them at the line of scrimmage; this is in addition to being eligible for motion plays, allowing for the flanker to move laterally before and during the snap. Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch is one of the earliest players to exploit the potentials of the flanker position as a member of the Los Angeles Rams during the 1950s. While some teams did experiment with more than two wide receivers as a gimmick or trick play, most teams used the pro set as the standard set of offensive personnel. An early innovator, coach Sid Gillman used 3+ wide receiver sets as early as the 1960s. In sets that have three, four, or five wide receivers, extra receivers are called slot receivers, as they play in the "slot" between the furthest receiver and the offensive line. In most situations, the slot receiver lines
The American Football Conference – Eastern Division or AFC East is one of the four divisions of the American Football Conference in the National Football League. There are four teams that reside in the division: the Buffalo Bills. Since the division's enfranchisement in 1960, with the creation of the American Football League, the division has been represented in nineteen Super Bowls and won eight of them; the most recent appearance in the Super Bowl by an AFC East team was the Patriots victory in Super Bowl LIII. At the end of 2018, the Patriots had the most wins in the division's history, with a record of 500-392-9, with a playoff record of 35-19 entering the playoffs of that season; the Dolphins were second at 446-350-4 with a playoff record of 20-21. The Bills were at 406-470-8 with a playoff record of 0-4 in four consecutive Super Bowls; the Jets held a record of 396-480-8, with a playoff record of 12-13 including a victory in Super Bowl III. In 2012, the Patriots broke a tie with the Dolphins for winning the most division titles.
The Bills have won ten division titles, the Jets have won four. Two teams in the division combined for ten AFL/AFC East titles – the Houston Oilers won four division titles during the AFL era while the Baltimore–Indianapolis Colts won six division titles in the 32 seasons they were in the division; the American Football League Eastern Division was formed during the inaugural season of the American Football League in 1960, as a counterpart to the AFL Western Division. The divisional alignment consisted of the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Titans and Houston Oilers; the Miami Dolphins entered the AFL in 1966 as part of its Eastern division. The division was absorbed nearly intact with the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, but Houston was moved to the AFC Central and replaced by the closer Baltimore Colts. Despite relocating to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1984, the Colts continued to play in the AFC East until NFL expansion from 31 to 32 teams with the addition of the Houston Texans and 2002 re-alignment when they were moved to the AFC South.
Although Miami is farther south than the home cities of the other three teams, all of which are in the Northeast, all four AFC East teams have historical rivalries among them, dating from their years in the AFL during the 1960s. None of the AFC East teams play within the central city of their metropolitan area: The Bills play in Orchard Park, New York; the Jets play in New Jersey. The Dolphins play in Florida, a suburb of Miami; the Patriots play in Massachusetts. Analogously, three out of the four NFC East teams do not play within the city of their naming. All of the teams are or were coached by a first or second generation member of the Bill Parcells coaching tree: the Patriots have Bill Belichick; the Jets were coached by Todd Bowles and the Bills were coached by Rex Ryan for 31 games. Parcells himself coached the Patriots and the Jets and was Vice President of Football Operations for the Dolphins until the summer of 2010. ESPN's Chris Berman calls this division the "AFC Adams" due to its geographical similarity to the old Adams Division of the NHL, now succeeded by the Atlantic Division.
Along with the AFC West, the AFC East is the oldest NFL division in terms of creation date. Place cursor over year for division champ or Super Bowl team. A Boston Patriots renamed to New England Patriots. B Houston Oilers move to newly created AFC Central division and are renamed the Tennessee Oilers Tennessee Titans. Moved to AFC South in 2002. C New York Titans renamed to New York Jets D Miami Dolphins enfranchised E Baltimore Colts merge from NFL's Coastal Division F Baltimore Colts relocate to Indianapolis subsequently renamed Indianapolis Colts. Moved to AFC South in 2002. + – A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special 16-team playoff tournament just for this year. Division standings were ignored, Miami had the bes
2003 New England Patriots season
The 2003 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 34th season in the National Football League, the 44th overall and the 4th under head coach Bill Belichick. They finished with a league-best 14–2 record before advancing to and winning Super Bowl XXXVIII. Two seasons after winning Super Bowl XXXVI, the Patriots went into 2003 after missing the playoffs in 2002. In a salary cap-related move and Pro Bowl safety Lawyer Milloy was released five days before the start of the regular season, prompting second-guessing of head coach Bill Belichick among fans and a report by ESPN analyst Tom Jackson that Patriots players "hated their coach", an accusation denied by players. Milloy signed with the Buffalo Bills, who defeated the Patriots, 31–0, in the season opener; the Patriots would rebound though. Due to multiple injuries, the Patriots started 42 different players during the season, an NFL record for a division winner until the Patriots started 45 different players in 2005. Undefeated at home, nose tackle Ted Washington coined the phrase "Homeland Defense" for a Patriots' defense, boosted by the acquisitions of Washington and San Diego Chargers castoff safety Rodney Harrison in the offseason, that gave up a league-low 14.9 points per game en route to a 14–2 regular season record.
The regular season was bookended with a 31–0 victory over the Bills at home in Week 17, a score reversed from the Patriots' shutout loss to the Bills in Week 1. The win gave the Patriots a perfect 8–0 record at home in the regular season and the 14–2 season was a club record and the first time the Patriots won more than 11 games in a season. After a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs, the Patriots faced the Tennessee Titans at home in one of the coldest games in NFL history and won, setting up an AFC Championship Game matchup with the Indianapolis Colts; the top-seeded Patriots intercepted Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, the league's co-MVP, four times, winning 24–14 and advancing to Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers. With a tied game late in the fourth quarter, Adam Vinatieri kicked the game-winning field goal with seconds remaining, giving the Patriots their second Super Bowl victory in three seasons. At the time of the first public training camp practice at Gillette Stadium on July 24, they had the NFL maximum of 80 players signed to their roster.
The Patriots received seven roster exemptions for the NFL Europe allocations of Dyshod Carter, Mike Malan, Mike Clare, Rod Trafford, Courtney Ledyard, Brad Harris, Scott McCready. Additionally, the Patriots allocated offensive lineman Corey Mitchell, wide receiver T. C. Taylor, quarterback Shane Stafford to NFL Europe and received roster exemptions for them, but those players were waived before the start of training camp. Injured exclusive rights free agent Stephen Neal did not sign his tender until after camp began, did not count against the roster limit. Following the release of Lawyer Milloy, the Patriots met the Bills in Buffalo, Milloy was there after signing a deal with the Bills. Drew Bledsoe threw for one touchdown. Brady was sacked twice, once by Milloy, in a 31–0 Bills rout; this would be the last time the Patriots would post a sub-500 record until 145 games when they were 1–2 after their first three games of the 2012 season. It was their most recent regular season opening loss until 2014 as the team started 0–1.
This was their their last shutout loss until week 14 of the 2006 season. Behind 30 completions in 44 sacked eight times; the Patriots came into the late-afternoon game after hearing ESPN's NFL pregame show where analyst Tom Jackson stated outright "They hate their coach" though no effort at verification on the part of Jackson had been made. Bill Belichick was incensed by the comment and refused to speak to anyone connected with ESPN outside of Chris Berman for years after; the Patriots home opener came against an injury-shot Jets squad. Chad Pennington had been injured in preseason and former Jets starter Vinny Testaverde had to take over; the Jets running game had been shut down in that 2002 matchup and it didn't do much better this time around, totalling just 65 yards, 53 of them from former Patriot Curtis Martin. Kevin Faulk and Antowain Smith rushed for 134 yards and Tom Brady threw for 181 yards, but until the final five minutes of the third quarter it was a battle of field goals – tied at 9 until Brady ran in a one-yard score.
At the start of the fourth rookie Asante Samuel picked off Testaverde and ran back a 55-yard touchdown. Vinny did connect with Wayne Chrebet two minutes but the remaining thirteen minutes went scoreless as the Patriots took the win 23–16. Steve Spurrier became the last NFL coach to defeat the Patriots until Halloween 2004 as the Redskins raced to a 20–3 lead in the third quarter. Adam Vinatieri missed a field goal try for the first time in the year and Tom Brady was picked off in Washington's red zone twice, once by Champ Bailey. Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright ran in touchdowns as the Re
William Stephen Belichick ( or is an American football coach who serves as the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League. His extensive authority over the Patriots' football operations makes him the general manager of the team as well, he holds numerous coaching records, including winning a record six Super Bowls as the head coach of the New England Patriots, two more as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. He is considered to be one of the greatest coaches in NFL history by current and former players, his peers, the press. Belichick began his coaching career in 1975 and became the defensive coordinator for New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells by 1985. Parcells and Belichick won two Super Bowls together before Belichick left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 1991, he was fired following the team's 1995 season. He rejoined Parcells, first in New England, where the team lost Super Bowl XXXI, with the New York Jets. After being named head coach of the Jets, Belichick resigned after only one day on the job to accept the head coaching job for the New England Patriots on January 27, 2000.
Since he has led the Patriots to 16 AFC East division titles, 13 appearances in the AFC Championship Game, nine Super Bowl appearances, with a record six wins. Belichick has won eight Super Bowl titles in total from his combined time as an assistant and head coach. Belichick is the NFL's longest-tenured active head coach, as well as the first all-time in playoff coaching wins with 31 and third in regular season coaching wins in the NFL with 261, he is one of only three head coaches. He was named the AP NFL Coach of the Year for the 2003, 2007, 2010 seasons. Belichick was born on April 16, 1952, in Nashville, the son of Jeannette and Steve Belichick. Bill was named after College Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Edwards, his godfather. Belichick is of Croatian ancestry, his paternal grandparents, Ivan Biličić and Marija Barković, emigrated from the Croatian village of Draganić, Karlovac, in 1897, settling in Monessen, Pennsylvania, he was raised in Annapolis, where his father was an assistant football coach at the United States Naval Academy.
Belichick has cited his father as one of his most important football mentors, Belichick studied football with his father. Bill learned to break down game films at a young age by watching his father and the Navy staff do their jobs, he graduated from Annapolis High School in 1970 with classmate Sally Brice-O'Hara. While there, he played lacrosse, with the latter being his favorite sport, he enrolled at Phillips Academy in Andover, for a postgraduate year, with the intention of improving his grades and test scores to be admitted into a quality college. The school honored him 40 years by inducting him into its Athletics Hall of Honor in 2011. Belichick subsequently attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, where he played center and tight end. In addition to being a member of the football team, he played lacrosse and squash, serving as the captain of the lacrosse team during his senior season. A member of Chi Psi fraternity, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1975, he would be part of the inaugural induction class into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame in spring 2008.
After graduating, Belichick took a $25-per-week job as an assistant to Baltimore Colts head coach Ted Marchibroda in 1975. In 1976, he joined the Detroit Lions as their assistant special teams coach before adding tight ends and wide receivers to his coaching duties in 1977, he spent the 1978 season with the Denver Broncos as their assistant special teams coach and defensive assistant. In 1979, Belichick began a 12-year stint with the New York Giants alongside head coach Ray Perkins as a defensive assistant and special teams coach, he added linebackers coaching to his duties in 1980 and was named defensive coordinator in 1985 under head coach Bill Parcells, who had replaced Perkins in 1983. The Giants won Super Bowl Super Bowl XXV following the 1986 and 1990 seasons, his defensive game plan from the New York Giants' 20–19 upset of the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV has been placed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. From 1991 until 1995, Belichick was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. During his tenure in Cleveland, he compiled a 36–44 record, leading the team to the playoffs in 1994, his only winning year with the team.
Coincidentally, his one playoff victory during his Browns tenure was achieved against the New England Patriots in the Wild Card Round during that postseason. In Belichick's last season in Cleveland, the Browns finished 5–11, despite starting 3–1. One of his most controversial moves was cutting quarterback Bernie Kosar midway through the 1993 season. Kosar was signed by the Dallas Cowboys two days and won a Super Bowl with the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVIII. In November 1995, in the middle of the ongoing football season, Browns owner Art Modell had announced he would move his franchise to Baltimore after the season. After first being given assurances that he would coach the new team that would become the Baltimore Ravens, Belichick was instead fired on February 14, 1996, one week after the shift was announced. After his dismissal by the Cleveland Browns, Belichick served under Parcells again as assistant head coach and defensive backs coach with the Patriots for the 1996 season; the Patriots finished with an 11–5 record and won the AFC Championship over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but they lost to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI amid rumors of Parcells's impending defection.
The Jets–Patriots rivalry is a rivalry between the New York Jets and New England Patriots of the National Football League. The teams both play in the AFC East, they have been in the same division since the two teams' inception in 1960 in the American Football League, have played each other at least twice a year since then. Games between the two teams have played out like the fierce Yankees–Red Sox rivalry in Major League Baseball; the New York Jets and the New England Patriots were charter members of the American Football League In the two clubs' first meeting on September 17, 1960, the Titans hosted the Patriots at New York's Polo Grounds. Al Dorow of the Titans erupted to three touchdown throws and led the Titans to a 24–7 lead in the third quarter, but Butch Songin and 109 rushing yards by Patriots runners closed the gap to 24–21 in the fourth quarter Chuck Shonta finished off the Titans when punter Rick Sapienza fumbled the snap to take a 28–24 lead. The ball bounced around wildly until Shonta ran in for a touchdown.
The Titans argued that Patriots' linebacker Jack Rudolph had kicked the ball, illegal, during the chase for the ball, but the play stood, resulting in a 28–24 Patriots win. Despite losing the inaugural game, the Titans/Jets would go on to post a record of 12–7–1 during the AFL years; the tie occurred on October 2, 1966. This was the only tie in the rivalry's history; the Patriots led 24–7 after three quarters but two Joe Namath touchdowns and a Jim Turner field goal tied the game. It would be the last time the Patriots did not lose to the Jets until 1971; that season, the Jets knocked the Patriots out of the playoff race in Shea Stadium as three Joe Namath touchdown throws led the Jets to a 38–28 win, despite Vito Parilli throwing for 379 yards. The Jets continued their success in the series through the 1970s, posting a 12–8 record against their rival; the Jets dominated the early part of the decade, going 10–2 from 1970–75, while the Patriots went 6–2 from 1976–79. On October 13, 1974, at Shea Stadium the Patriots shut out the then-1–4 Jets, 24–0, as Sam Cunningham rushed in two touchdowns and Bob Gedde ran back a Joe Namath interception for a 23-yard touchdown.
Five weeks on November 17, the Jets, rolled to a 21–16 win as Namath threw two touchdowns and Jim Plunkett was picked off four times. The win put the Jets at 3–7 as they finished the season with a six-game winning streak while the Patriots fell to 7–7. On October 18, 1976, The Patriots hosted the Jets on Monday Night Football, unofficially renamed "Monday Night Madness" when the rowdiness of drunken fans at Schaefer Stadium led to mass arrests by local police and the cuffing of fans to a chain-link fence when other space became unavailable. Patriots running backs Andy Johnson, Don Calhoun, Sam Cunningham and quarterback Steve Grogan combined for 330 rushing yards and five touchdowns, including a fumble recovered by Grogan in the second quarter. Grogan completed a short touchdown pass to Johnson, culminating in a 41–7 Patriots win; the game achieved further notoriety as Jets coach Lou Holtz had authored a fight song for the team, mockingly read on the pregame by Alex Karras, providing color analysis for ABC Sports.
That season on November 21, Namath threw six interceptions. Jets' backup Richard Todd threw a seventh interception in the fourth quarter, while the Jets lost three fumbles, as the Patriots won 38–24 On October 29, 1978, the Patriots erupted to a 48–7 third quarter lead winning 55–21. Jets coach Walt Michaels felt the Patriots were decifering his coaching staff's signals and suspected a rival team had told these codes to the Patriots. Michaels explained afterward, "This will never happen to us again. I know what they did, but by the time we figured it out, it was too late." That season the Houston Oilers erased a 23–0 gap to beat the Patriots, 26–23, there was speculation the Jets had told Oilers coaches about Patriots codes. On September 9, 1979, Grogan set a Patriots record with five touchdown passes in a 56–3 Patriots win at Schaefer Stadium. Following the game a scuffle ensued in the crowded locker room between cornerback Raymond Clayborn and Boston Globe writer Will McDonough. Harold Jackson caught three touchdown passes in the game.
Parity took over this rivalry over much of the next two decades, as the Patriots posted a 19–15 record between 1980 and 1996. This time saw lows for both teams; the Patriots appeared in Super Bowls XX and XXXI following the 1985 and 1996 seasons but lost at least ten games every year from 1989 to 1993. Meanwhile, the Jets had five playoff appearances in the 1980s and early 1990s, but fell to the bottom of the league by the mid-1990s. On October 28, 1984 Patriots head coach Ron Meyer fired assistant coach Rod Rust, but he did not have the authority to do so and was fired himself. Raymond Berry, an assistant with Chuck Fairbanks and Ron Erhardt, was hired, his first game was against the Jets; the Jets bolted to a 10–0 lead and led 20–6 at the half, but the Patriots led by running back Craig James fought back and scored 24 unanswered points by Tony Franklin, Tony Eason, Tony Collins, Stephen Starring for a 30–20 Patriots win. Collins said Berry earned the respect of the locker room in that one game.
In the first playoff meeting between the two clubs on December 28, 1985, the Patriots
Defensive end is a defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football. This position has designated the players at each end of the defensive line, but changes in formations over the years have changed how the position is played. Early formations, with six- and seven-man lines, used the end as a containment player, whose job was first to prevent an "end run" around his position secondarily to force plays inside; when most teams adopted a twelve-man line, two different styles of end play developed: "crashing" ends, who rushed into the backfield to disrupt plays, "stand-up" or "waiting" ends, who played the more traditional containment style. Some teams would use both styles of end play, depending on game situations. Traditionally, defensive ends are in a three-point stance, with their free hand cocked back ready to "punch" the offensive lineman, or in a "two-point stance" like a linebacker so they can keep containment; some defensive ends play the position due to their size. Other ends play the position due to their agility.
These ends can time the snap of the ball in order to get a jump on the rush, stop the play. Most of the time it is the job of the defensive end in run defense to keep outside or contain, which means that no one should get to their outside; the defensive ends are fast for players of their size the fastest and smallest players on the defensive line. They must be able to shed blockers to get to the ball. Defensive ends are often used to cover the outside area of the line of scrimmage, to tackle ball carriers running to the far right or left side, to defend against screen passes. Since the creation of zone blitz defenses in the late 1990s, defensive ends have sometimes been used in pass coverages, dropping back to cover routes run close to the line of scrimmage. In the 3–4 defense, defensive ends are used as run stoppers and are much larger, they are 285–315 pounds. The position is played by a more agile or undersized defensive tackle; because of the increased popularity of the 3–4 defense, the value of a defensive tackle prospect that can be used in this manner has increased.
They are used to distract the offensive lineman on pass rushing plays to let the outside linebackers get a sack. They are 6'3"–6'8", they block screen are put outside the offensive tackles to get a sack. Glossary of American football
Bryan Keith Cox is an American football coach and former player. His most recent position was as the defensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League, he played college football for Western Illinois University, a small college football program, but received attention for his aggressive style of play. Although Cox was a late fifth-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 1991 NFL Draft, he rose to prominence as a standout linebacker during his twelve NFL seasons from 1991 through 2002, he was a three-time pro bowler with the Miami Dolphins, was a member of the New England Patriots club that won Super Bowl XXXVI. Cox was a member of the East St. Louis High School Flyers high school football team, where he was coached by Bob Shannon. Cox attended Western Illinois University and was a mass communications major and a letterman in football. In football, he was a two-year starter; as a senior, he was named as a first-team All-America selection by the Football Gazette and was a first-team all-conference selection.
As a junior, he was named the Western Illinois Most Valuable Player. As a sophomore, Cox played in every game, finished his sophomore season with 54 tackles, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and three blocked kicks; as a freshman, Cox finished the season with 30 tackles. Cox was drafted by the Dolphins in the fifth round of the 1991 NFL Draft, chosen 113th overall; as a rookie, Cox started 13 games as the Dolphins right outside linebacker, racking up a total of 61 tackles along with two sacks. Miami finished out the season 8-8. In his sophomore campaign, Cox blossomed and helped lead the Dolphins to an 11-5 record and the AFC Championship Game, he made his first Pro Bowl and was named to the All Pro team after recording 127 tackles, 14 sacks and five forced fumbles. Miami switched to a 4-3 defense in 1993 and Cox was moved to right linebacker; the team lost their last five to miss the playoffs. Cox again led the team with four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
He collected five sacks and an interception. Cox earned his second Pro Bowl selection in 1994, starting 16 games at middle linebacker, leading the team with 100 tackles. Miami finished the season 10-6, winning the Wild Card Game against the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-17 before losing the Divisional Playoff to the San Diego Chargers, 22-21. In 1995, Cox was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl, third overall, he again started every game at middle linebacker, finishing the year with a team high 119 tackles, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. The Dolphins went 9-7 before bowing out in the Wild Card Game to the Buffalo Bills, 37-22; the defense tied for the AFC lead by allowing only seven rushing touchdowns. Overall, Cox spent five years with the Dolphins playing both outside and middle linebacker, starting 75 out of a possible 78 games. Cox would go on to play seven more seasons in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, New York Jets, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints. In a career encompassing 165 games, Cox recorded 764 tackles, tallied 51.5 quarterback sacks, caught four interceptions and forced 22 fumbles.
Among his most famous plays was a 27-yard interception-return touchdown against the Patriots in September 1999 while playing with the Jets. Throughout his NFL career, Cox was recognizable on the field due to the unusual headrest- or "surfboard"-style neck roll he wore and colored to match his uniform jersey. From 2004-2005 he worked as an analyst for TVG Network. Cox co-hosted an afternoon drive radio program for Fox Sports Radio in 2006 alongside Chris Myers, he was an assistant defensive line coach for the New York Jets for three seasons under Eric Mangini. After Mangini was fired and became the coach of the Cleveland Browns in January 2009, he brought Cox with him, where Cox was the defensive line coach. On February 21, 2011, Cox was hired by the Miami Dolphins as their pass rush coach. On February 17, 2012, Cox was hired to become a defensive assistant at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was hired the same day as Bill Sheridan. On January 11, 2014, Cox was hired by the Atlanta Falcons as their defensive line coach.
In the 2016 season and the Falcons reached Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017. Against the New England Patriots, the Falcons would fall in a 34–28 overtime defeat. On February 8, 2017, the Atlanta Falcons relieved Cox of his duties as the defensive line coach. COX is now a football analyst on FS1. Bryan's son, Bryan Cox Jr. played football as a defensive lineman for the Florida Gators and was a member of the Carolina Panthers practice squad, but got promoted to the active roster in late September of 2017