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Wed, 30 Nov 2005 05:55:15 -0800
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports former Chicago Bears PK Doug Brien is still unable to play football and the Bears have denied him an injury settlement, a matter he is pursuing in a grievance through the league. Brien was called by the Dallas Cowboys a few weeks back, but told them he couldn't because tryout because his back still is bothering him to the point that he can't kick without pain. Brien said he injured his back while running sprints after practice Sept. 29, the final practice before the players were given a three-day weekend during the Bears' bye week. The team didn't learn about the injury until after Brien was in California. Brien says the Bears now claim as a reason for not settling with him that he didn't properly disclose his injury. Brien was playing on a one-year, $765,000 contract. In the balance is about $540,000. General manager Jerry Angelo called it a business decision when asked about the matter Sunday, Nov. 27, in Tampa, Fla., but he wouldn't comment other than to acknowledge Brien is pursuing the grievance.
Wed, 12 Oct 2005 09:57:48 -0700
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports the Chicago Bears have released PK Doug Brien.
Mon, 10 Oct 2005 13:16:04 -0700
Chicago Bears PK Doug Brien (back) missed the Week 5 game with a back injury and was replaced by rookie PK Robbie Gould. Brien, who has been hampered by back problems in the past, received a cortisone shot Oct. 3 but it did not improve his condition. It is uncertain when Brien will be able to return to the field.
Sun, 09 Oct 2005 09:22:06 -0700
The Chicago Bears have declared CB Brandon McGowan, CB Chris Thompson, CB Daven Holly, PK Doug Brien, DL Israel Idonije, QB Kurt Kittner, OT Qasim Mitchell, QB Rex Grossman inactive for Week 5.
Sat, 08 Oct 2005 11:56:44 -0700
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports the Chicago Bears have signed free agent PK Robbie Gould (Ravens). Both Gould and PK Doug Brien (back) traveled with the team to Cleveland and the team could wait until just before kickoff to decide on which one to activate.
Fri, 07 Oct 2005 12:37:47 -0700
Chicago Bears PK Doug Brien (back) did not practice Friday, Oct. 7, and has been downgraded from probable to questionable for the Week 5 game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Oct. 9. Brien will not practice Saturday, Oct. 8, and could be a game-time decision.
Thu, 06 Oct 2005 19:23:51 -0700
Chicago Bears practice squad PK Tyler Jones had a rough go of it Wednesday, Oct. 5. He was perfect with his kicks Thursday, Oct. 6 and will be elevated to the active roster on the weekend if PK Doug Brien's condition does not improve.
Thu, 06 Oct 2005 19:21:36 -0700
Chicago Bears PK Doug Brien (back) received treatment for his back and was held out of practice again Thursday, Oct. 6. He is still listed as probable for the team's Week 5 game.
Wed, 05 Oct 2005 15:51:18 -0700
Chicago Bears PK Doug Brien (back) missed practice Wednesday, Oct. 5 but is expected to be available to play in Week 5. Brien is listed as probable this week.
Mon, 26 Sep 2005 21:38:52 -0700
John Mullin, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith has no intention of bringing in another kicker to compete with PK Doug Brien.
Sun, 14 Aug 2005 21:59:14 -0700
The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago Bears PK Doug Brien was excused from practice Sunday, Aug. 14, for personal reasons.
Fri, 12 Aug 2005 06:06:15 -0700
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears teams coach Dave Toub didn't pull any punches when saying he was disappointed in the kickoffs by PK Doug Brien against the Miami Dolphins during the team's preseason game Monday, August 8. Brien's four kickoffs reached the 15.5-yard line on average. "I didn't expect to see that,'' Toub said. "He hasn't been kicking like that in camp.'' Brien did not kickoff last year for the New York Jets. The Bears do not want to enter a situation in which they have to pursue a kickoff specialist.
Thu, 04 Aug 2005 06:27:47 -0700
Gene Chamberlain, of the Daily Southtown, reports the Chicago Bears plan to give PKs Doug Brien and Nick Novak the same number of opportunities in the first and second preseason games. Novak is in camp chiefly to provide some rest for Brien. "I want to keep his leg live the way it is now because he's kicking off well," special teams coach Dave Toub said.
Tue, 26 Jul 2005 19:49:41 -0700
K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears PK Doug Brien has impressed the coaching staff with his hang time on kickoffs. Morning practice Monday, July 25, started with kickoff return work, which meant Brien merely banged kicks deep to the middle of the field rather than trying to place them. The one detail that stood out was his hang time. "What I saw with Doug right now is he kicks the ball with better hang time than we're used to, which is good," special teams coordinator Dave Toub said. "It gives our guys a chance to get down the field five, six yards more. That's a big difference."
Sun, 17 Jul 2005 17:16:30 -0700
Updating previous reports, the one-year contract signed by PK Doug Brien with the Chicago Bears included a base salary of $765,000 which was the minimum salary for a player of his tenure.
Wed, 22 Jun 2005 22:10:17 -0700
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears PK Doug Brien made seven-of-seven field goal attempts including a 58-yarder during Wednesday's, June 22, practice session. Brien bested PKs Tyler Jones and Nick Novak in the drill termed "last man standing" by special teams coordinator Dave Toub. "I was very happy with the way they responded," Toub said. "I had no idea that they'd get all the way out to a 58-yarder. I thought 50 yards would be our max. I was very impressed."
Mon, 23 May 2005 10:43:55 -0700
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears rookie PK Nick Novak made all of his field goal attempts during the team's minicamp practice Sunday, May 22. Novak appears to be second in the running for placekicking duties at the closure of minicamp, ahead of PK Tyler Jones and behind PK Doug Brien.
Sat, 21 May 2005 21:25:26 -0700
Larry Mayer, reports for ChicagoBears.com, Chicago Bears PK Doug Brien outperformed PK Paul Edinger at practice Saturday, May 21. Brien made 6 of 7 field goal attempts with his lone miss hitting the left upright from 50 yards away. Edinger converted just 4 of 7 tries with all three of his misses sailing wide right. Brien is more focused on his job rather than the competition with Edinger. "At this point I'm just worried about getting myself into rhythm and making kicks and getting ready for the season," Brien said.
Fri, 20 May 2005 18:36:01 -0700
The Associated Press reports it was a windy first day for the Chicago Bears' minicamp Friday, May 20. PK Doug Brien did not make a field goal in two tries from 48 yards. He also missed a few shorter kicks under the windy conditions.
Thu, 19 May 2005 11:27:40 -0700
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said the club has prioritized field goal accuracy with their place kicker ahead of kickoff ability. "The main thing for a field goal kicker is to make field goals, particularly once you're inside the 40," Angelo said. "That's the No. 1 critical trait that you look for. Very few kickers are going to be able to do both. You have to declare what you want at that position and we want a guy that can make the field goals." The club has PKs Doug Brien, Paul Edinger, Nick Setta, Tyler Jones and Nick Novak competing for the place-kicking duties this year.
Thu, 12 May 2005 21:01:22 -0700
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports with the recent signing of PK Doug Brien, the Chicago Bears will likely have five place kickers in training camp competing for the job. Brien will join incumbent PK Paul Edinger, who missed an NFL-high nine field goal attempts last season, and undrafted agent PKs Tyler Jones and Nick Novak. PK Nick Setta, allocated by the Bears to NFL Europe, may also gain a training camp invitation. Though kickoff distance will be a factor in the competition, the Bears will be looking for the kicker who can best convert field goal attempt.
Thu, 12 May 2005 12:44:07 -0700
The Chicago Tribune reports the Chicago Bears have signed free agent PK Doug Brien (Jets) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Thu, 12 May 2005 12:02:31 -0700
ChicagoBears.com reports the Chicago Bears have agreed to the terms of a one-year contract with free agent PK Doug Brien (Jets). "He has a successful history behind him," said Bears coach Lovie Smith. "We're trying to improve our football team and we've added another good football player to the fold, so we're happy about that."
Thu, 12 May 2005 05:37:20 -0700
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports free agent PK Doug Brien (Jets) said his agent has spoken to the Minnesota Vikings this offseason about signing Brien.
Thu, 12 May 2005 05:36:43 -0700
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports free agent PK Doug Brien (Jets) said his agent has spoken to the Chicago Bears this offseason about signing Brien.
Thu, 12 May 2005 05:36:16 -0700
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports free agent PK Doug Brien (Jets) said his agent has spoken to the Buffalo Bills this offseason about signing Brien.
Thu, 12 May 2005 05:25:36 -0700
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports free agent PK Doug Brien (Jets) is hoping the Tennessee Titans call him again. Brien said the team talked to him recently, but they have not called back. ''I'd like to play at a place like Tennessee. Maybe things can get jump-started. It is definitely a place I am interested in and hopefully something will happen.'' The Titans want to sign a place kicker to compete with PK Ola Kimrin. Titans General Manager Floyd Reese acknowledged yesterday that he spoke to Brien's agent following his release, but the two sides haven't talked since. Titans special teams coach Alan Lowry was Brien's position coach with the 49ers in 1994 and 1995.
Fri, 29 Apr 2005 07:41:23 -0700
The Associated Press reports the New York Jets take about a $400,000 salary cap hit this year with the release of PK Doug Brien.
Thu, 28 Apr 2005 18:41:08 -0700
NewYorkJets.com reports free agent PK Doug Brien (Jets), who was recently released by the New York Jets, has an 81.1 percent conversion rate over the course of his career, ranking him as one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history. In two seasons with the Jets, Brien converted 83.6 percent of his field goal attempts (51-of-61) and was 57-of-58 on extra points (98.3 percent).
Thu, 28 Apr 2005 11:55:47 -0700
The New York Jets announced they have released PK Doug Brien.
Tue, 26 Apr 2005 09:35:43 -0700
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Jets PK Doug Brien, despite missing field goals in a playoff loss, never saw his release coming from the team. He is convinced the Jets would not have drafted PK Mike Nugent if he had not missed two field goal attempts against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brien does not understand how he could make 83 percent of his field goals during the season, win a playoff game (against the San Diego Chargers) with a field goal kick and then lose his job. Due to salary cap reasons, the Jets will not release him until after June 1, but he has been given permission to speak with other teams.
Tue, 26 Apr 2005 07:06:03 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports the Minnesota Vikings could look to sign PK Doug Brien when the New York Jets release him.
Mon, 25 Apr 2005 11:05:18 -0700
Updating previous reports, Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports the New York Jets are expected to release PK Doug Brien, possibly as soon as this week.
Sun, 24 Apr 2005 06:07:08 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports despite the New York Jets investing their second-round draft choice on PK Mike Nugent (Ohio State) this year, the team emphasized that veteran incumbent PK Doug Brien still has a place with the club. "Doug's status hasn't changed," general manager Terry Bradway said. "Right now he's still a member of this team. We've created some competition. There's nothing to report at this time."
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 17:53:58 -0700
SportsTicker reports New York Jets PK Doug Brien's days with the Jets appear to be over, as the Jets invested a second-round draft choice - their first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft - on former Ohio State PK Mike Nugent. He was selected 47th overall.
Wed, 06 Apr 2005 21:05:25 -0700
New York Jets PK Doug Brien is one of 36 NFL players who will be attending an executive education program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, from April 6-8. The program is part of an ongoing NFL-NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers.
Tue, 18 Jan 2005 12:11:02 -0800
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets PK Doug Brien, who missed two potential game-winning field goals in Saturday's divisional playoff game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, expects to return next season. "I'd like to be back. I expect to be back. I expect to redeem myself," Brien said. Brien is under contract for 2005.
Wed, 12 Jan 2005 20:11:28 -0800
New York Jets PK Doug Brien has been named the NFL Special Teams Player of the Week for all teams participating in the first round of the playoffs, according to Vikings.com.
Mon, 25 Oct 2004 17:14:04 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets head coach Herman Edwards said he and special teams coach Mike Westhoff are considering working PK Doug Brien back in as their kickoff man at least on a part-time basis.
Thu, 04 Mar 2004 11:16:54 -0800
The New York Daily News reports the New York Jets have re-signed PK Doug Brien. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Wed, 12 Nov 2003 14:57:10 -0800
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets PK Doug Brien has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Oakland Raiders in Week 10. Brien kicked a game-winning 38-yard field goal in overtime.
Mon, 03 Nov 2003 14:35:35 -0800
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets PK Doug Brien remains the Jets' placekicker even though his slow preparation to kick a game-winning 51-yard field goal with four minutes left in overtime during the Sunday, Nov. 2, game against the New York Giants resulted in a block. Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff still supports Brien but didn't mince words about the problem with the field goal timing. "Really, everybody was out there ready to go, pretty much so without any problem, except the bus driver. It's not that Doug was late or not ready. I just thought he was a little methodical."
Thu, 21 Aug 2003 10:42:56 -0700
The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports New York Jets K Doug Brien has won the Jets' kicking duties. Brien has had a terrific camp, although his kickoffs have been short.
Mon, 18 Aug 2003 13:30:49 -0700
Dave Hutchinson, of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, reports New York Jets K Doug Brien appeared to nail down the place-kicking job with a 49-yarder in the third quarter of the Saturday, Aug. 16 pre-season game against the New Orleans Saints. Brien, however, continues to struggle with his kickoffs. His kickoff to start the game landed at the 15-yard line and bounced 3 yards, and the Jets may decide to keep two kickers.
Thu, 24 Jul 2003 08:59:11 -0700
Updating previous reports, the New York Times reports New York Jets PK Doug Brien is leading the place-kicking competition with PKs Danny Kight and Clay Rush because of his accuracy, according to special-teams coach Mike Westhoff.
Tue, 01 Apr 2003 09:14:43 -0800
Updating previous reports, the Star-Ledger reports the New York Jets will continue to look for a PK to compete with Doug Brien. Brien will get the first shot at winning the starting job, but he will not be without competition, according to Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff.
Fri, 21 Mar 2003 09:55:50 -0800
Updating an earlier story, the New York Jets have announced the signing of free agent K Doug Brien (Vikings) to an undisclosed deal.
Fri, 21 Mar 2003 05:13:11 -0800
The Star Ledger reports the New York Jets are close to signing free agent PK Doug Brien (Vikings), according to a league official with knowledge of the Jets. He would attempt to replace PK John Hall.
Tue, 04 Mar 2003 06:20:17 -0800
The Star Ledger reports the New York Jets are expected to meet this week with free agent PK Doug Brien (Vikings).
Sat, 09 Nov 2002 02:15:41 -0800
According to the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Vikings found out they will not have to pay former PK Doug Brien the remainder of his base salary after cutting him earlier this season. Veteran players are allowed to claim termination pay one time in their career, and Brien already had done so.