Rod Rust was fired yesterday as coach of the New England Patriots after oone season and one win.
Five days after the worst season in Patriots history ended with their 14th straight loss and a 1-15 record, chief executive officer Sam Jankovich dismissed Rust with three years left on his contract.
He also said he wanted the next coach, the Patriots' fifth in 13 seasons, to be "highly energized and enthusiastic. . . full of fire." Rust, 62, is considered a hard worker but low-keyed.