February 28, 1990
Rod Rust, who spent 14 seasons as an NFL assistant, was hired as coach of the New England Patriots Tuesday, a day after the team fired Raymond Berry. Rust, who was Pittsburgh's defensive coordinator last season, was the Patriots' defensive coordinator from 1983-87, working under Berry part of that time. Rust, 61, becomes the NFL's second-oldest coach. The Minnesota Vikings' Jerry Burns is 63. The Patriots finished 5-11 last season and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
February 27, 1990 |
Raymond Berry was fired Monday as coach of the New England Patriots in a power struggle with General Manager Pat Sullivan. Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Rod Rust reportedly was the top candidate to succeed Berry. The firing apparently centered on Sullivan's desire that Berry go outside the organization to name offensive and defensive coordinators, while Berry apparently wanted to fill those spots from his current staff.
January 5, 1991 |
Rod Rust was fired Friday as coach of the New England Patriots after one season and one victory. Five days after the worst season in Patriots' history ended with their 14th consecutive loss and a 1-15 record, chief executive officer Sam Jankovich dismissed Rust, who has three years left on his contract. Jankovich said he wants the next coach, the Patriots' fifth in 13 seasons, to be "highly energized and enthusiastic . . . full of fire." Rust, 62, is low-key.
January 16, 1992 |
The New York Giants hired former New England Patriots coach Rod Rust as their defensive coordinator and promoted Jim Fassel from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. Rust replaces Al Groh, who was hired by the Cleveland Browns. Fassel takes over some of the duties that Coach Ray Handley had last season.
January 7, 1991 |
Syracuse Coach Dick MacPherson is expected to accept the job as coach of the New England Patriots today. The Patriots have scheduled a news conference for this morning, and NBC and CBS both reported Sunday MacPherson would get the job. MacPherson, 60, would become the Patriots' fifth coach in 10 years, replacing Rod Rust, who was fired Friday after one season. The team went 1-15, tying an NFL record for most losses in a season.