Bill Belichick

William Stephen Belichick (/ˈbɛlɪtʃɪk/ or (/ˈbɛlɪtʃɛk/; born April 16, 1952) is an American football coach who serves as the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). His extensive authority over the Patriots' football operations effectively makes him the general manager of the team as well.[1] He holds numerous coaching records, including winning a record six Super Bowls as a head coach of the New England Patriots, and two more as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. [2] He is widely considered to be one of the greatest coaches in NFL history by current and former players, his peers, and the press.[3]

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 remained in Cleveland for five seasons but was fired following the team's 1995 season. He then rejoined Parcells, first in New England, where the team lost Super Bowl XXXI, and later 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 then, he has led the Patriots to 16 AFC East division titles, 13 appearances in the AFC Championship Game, and 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.[4] He is one of only three head coaches who have won six NFL titles.[5] He was named the AP NFL Coach of the Year for the 2003, 2007, and 2010 seasons.

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Color head-and-shoulders photograph of Bill Belichick wearing a black tuxedo and black tie.
Belichick in 2017
New England Patriots
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born:April 16, 1952 (age 66)
Nashville, Tennessee
Career information
College:Wesleyan University
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
As a head coach:
NFL coaching records
  • Most Super Bowl wins: 6
  • Most Super Bowl Appearances: 9
  • Most NFL championships: 6 (tied)
  • Most playoff wins: 30

As a defensive coordinator:

Head coaching record
Regular season:261–123 (.680)
Postseason:31–11 (.738)
Career:292–134 (.685)
Coaching stats at PFR

Early life

Belichick was born on April 16, 1952, in Nashville, Tennessee,[6] the son of Jeannette (Munn) and Steve Belichick (born Stephen Biličić).[7] Bill was named after College Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Edwards, who was his godfather.[8] Belichick is of Croatian ancestry,[9] and his paternal grandparents, Ivan Biličić and Marija (Mary) Barković, emigrated from the Croatian village of Draganić, Karlovac, in 1897, settling in Monessen, Pennsylvania.[10]

He was raised in Annapolis, Maryland,[11] 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, and Belichick often studied football with his father.[12] Bill reportedly learned to break down game films at a young age by watching his father and the Navy staff do their jobs.[13] He graduated from Annapolis High School in 1970 with classmate Sally Brice-O'Hara.[14] While there, he played football and lacrosse, with the latter being his favorite sport.[15] He enrolled at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, for a postgraduate year, with the intention of improving his grades and test scores to be admitted into a quality college.[16] The school honored him 40 years later by inducting him into its Athletics Hall of Honor in 2011.[17]

Belichick subsequently attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, 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,[18] he earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1975.[19] He would eventually be part of the inaugural induction class into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame in spring 2008.[20]

Coaching career

Early coaching positions

After graduating, Belichick took a $25-per-week job as an assistant to Baltimore Colts head coach Ted Marchibroda in 1975.[21] 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.[22] He spent the 1978 season with the Denver Broncos as their assistant special teams coach and defensive assistant.[23]

New York Giants (1979–1990)

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.[24] 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 XXI and Super Bowl XXV following the 1986 and 1990 seasons.[25][26] 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.[27]

Cleveland Browns (1991–1995)

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.[28] Coincidentally, his one playoff victory during his Browns tenure was achieved against the New England Patriots in the Wild Card Round during that postseason.[29] In Belichick's last season in Cleveland, the Browns finished 5–11, despite starting 3–1.[30] 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 later 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.[31] After first being given assurances that he would coach the new team that would later become the Baltimore Ravens, Belichick was instead fired on February 14, 1996, one week after the shift was officially announced.[32]

New England Patriots (1996)

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.[33][34]

New York Jets (1997–1999)

Belichick had two different stints as the head coach of the New York Jets without ever coaching a game.

In February 1997, Belichick, who had been an assistant coach under Bill Parcells with the New York Giants and New England Patriots, was named the Jets interim head coach while the Jets and Patriots continued to negotiate compensation to release Parcells from his contract with the Patriots and allow Parcells to coach the Jets.[35] Six days later, the Patriots and Jets reached an agreement that allowed Parcells to coach the Jets, and Belichick became the team's assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.[36]

When Parcells stepped down as head coach after the 1999 season, he had already arranged with team management to have Belichick succeed him. However, Belichick would be the New York Jets' head coach for only one day. When Belichick was introduced as head coach to the media—the day after his hiring was publicized—he turned it into a surprise resignation announcement. Before taking the podium, he scrawled a resignation note on a napkin that read, in its entirety, "I resign as HC of the NYJ." He then delivered a half-hour speech explaining his resignation to the assembled press corps.[37]

Soon after this bizarre turn of events, he was introduced as the Patriots' 12th full-time head coach, succeeding the recently fired Pete Carroll.[38] The Patriots had tried to hire him away from Parcells/the Jets in the past. Parcells and the Jets claimed that Belichick was still under contract to the Jets, and demanded compensation from the Patriots. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue agreed, and the Patriots gave the Jets a first-round draft pick in 2000 in exchange for the right to hire Belichick.[39]

New England Patriots (2000–present)

Soon after hiring Belichick, owner Robert Kraft gave him near-complete control over the team's football operations, effectively making him the team's general manager as well. Until 2009, Belichick split many of the duties normally held by a general manager on other clubs with player personnel director Scott Pioli, though Belichick had the final say on football matters.[40] Pioli left for the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2008 season.[41]

The Patriots went 5–11 in the 2000 regular season and missed the playoffs.[42] To date, this is Belichick's only losing season with the Patriots, and also the only year in which Tom Brady did not start at quarterback in any regular season games. However, Belichick won 11 games with Matt Cassel in 2008 after Brady suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1.[43]

2001–2004

In 2001, the Patriots went 11–5 in the regular season, and defeated the Oakland Raiders (in the "Tuck Rule Game") and Pittsburgh Steelers on the way to the Super Bowl.[44][45] In Super Bowl XXXVI, Belichick's defense held the St. Louis Rams' offense, which had averaged 31 points during the season, to 17 points, and the Patriots won on a last second field goal by Adam Vinatieri.[46] The win was the first Super Bowl championship in Patriots history.[47]

The following season (2002)—the first in Gillette Stadium—the Patriots went 9–7 and missed the playoffs.[48] New England finished with the same record as the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins, but the Jets won the AFC East title as a result of the third tiebreaker (record among common opponents).[49]

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Belichick (right) at the Patriots visit to the White House in 2004

The Patriots' 2003 season started with a 31–0 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, a few days after they released team defensive captain Lawyer Milloy.[50][51] However, they dominated through the remainder of the season to finish 14–2, setting a new franchise record for wins in a season.[52] In the final week of the regular season, the Patriots avenged their loss to the Bills by the same 31–0 score.[53] They defeated the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round. Playing against the Indianapolis Colts and Co-MVP Peyton Manning in the AFC Championship (Steve McNair of the Titans was also Co-MVP), the Patriots recorded four interceptions, and advanced to Super Bowl XXXVIII, where they defeated the Carolina Panthers 32–29 on a late Adam Vinatieri field goal.[54][55] Belichick also was awarded with the NFL Coach of the Year Award.

In 2004, the Patriots once again finished with a 14–2 record, and they defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round.[56][57] They opened the season at 6–0, which combined with the 15 straight wins to end the previous season, gave New England 21 consecutive victories to break the record for most wins in a row formerly held by the Miami Dolphins with 18 straight victories in the 1972 and 1973 seasons. They defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship. In Super Bowl XXXIX, the Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles and became only the second team to win three Super Bowls in four years.[58][59] Belichick is the only coach to accomplish the feat as the Dallas Cowboys had two different head coaches in the stretch they won three of four from 1992–1995.

2005–2009

With a new defensive coordinator in Eric Mangini and no named offensive coordinator, the Patriots went 10–6 in the 2005 season and defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card Round before losing to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round.[60][61][62] Earlier, with a season-opening win over the Oakland Raiders, Belichick notched his 54th win with the Patriots, passing Mike Holovak as the winningest coach in Patriots history.

The Patriots finished with a 12–4 record in the 2006 season and defeated the New York Jets by a score of 37–16 in the Wild Card Round.[63][64] They then beat the San Diego Chargers the next week in the Divisional Round, before losing to the eventual Super Bowl XLI winner Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship by a score of 38–34.[65][66] The Patriots led 21–3 mid-way during the second quarter, but the Colts mounted one of the great comebacks in playoff history.[67]

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Belichick during an August 28, 2009 preseason game against the Washington Redskins

In 2007, Belichick led the Patriots to the first perfect regular season since the introduction of the 16-game regular season schedule in 1978, only the fourth team to do so in National Football League history after the 1934[68] and 1942 Chicago Bears[69] and 1972 Miami Dolphins. In the Divisional Round of the playoffs, they defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 31–20. In the AFC Championship, the Patriots defeated the San Diego Chargers by a score of 21–12. The Patriots were upset in Super Bowl XLII by the New York Giants, his former team, due to the defense allowing a famous play to David Tyree near the end of regulation[70] The Patriots' failure to attain a "perfect season" (undefeated and untied, including playoffs) preserved the Miami Dolphins as the sole team to do so, having finished their 1972 regular season at 14–0 and having won three games in the playoffs. Only two other teams in professional football have recorded a perfect season—the 1948 Cleveland Browns (14–0) of the then All-America Football Conference and the 1948 Calgary Stampeders (12–0) of the Canadian Football League. No team in the former American Football League had a perfect season.

In the Patriots' 2008 season-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, quarterback Tom Brady suffered a season-ending injury in the first quarter.[71] Backup quarterback Matt Cassel was named the starter for the remainder of the season. However, with a win in Week 2, the Patriots broke their own record for regular season wins in a row with 21 (2006–08). After losing over a dozen players to the injured reserve list, including Rodney Harrison, Adalius Thomas, and Laurence Maroney, the Patriots still managed their league-leading eighth consecutive season with a winning record, going 11–5.[72] Nevertheless, the Patriots, who finished second in the AFC East, missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002, losing on tiebreakers to the Miami Dolphins (who won the division on the fourth tiebreaker, better conference record) and the Baltimore Ravens (who beat out the Patriots for the last playoff spot due to a better conference record).[73] The 1985 Denver Broncos are the only other 11-win team to miss the playoffs in a 16-game season.[74]

In 2009, with a fully healthy Tom Brady back as the starting quarterback, Belichick was able to guide the Patriots to yet another AFC East division title with a 10–6 record.[75] However, the Patriots lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card Round.[76]

2010–present

In the 2010 season, Belichick and the Patriots finished with a 14–2 record for the top seed in the AFC.[77] However, their postseason ended quickly with a 28–21 loss to the New York Jets in the Divisional Round.[78]

In the 2011 season, the Patriots topped the AFC with a 13–3 record.[79] Following a victory over the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round, the Patriots won the AFC Championship game beating the Baltimore Ravens 23–20 when the Ravens failed to score a touchdown and Baltimore's kicker, Billy Cundiff, missed a routine 32-yard field goal attempt to tie the game and send it into overtime.[80][81] This sent New England to their fifth Super Bowl under Belichick. In Super Bowl XLVI, the Patriots lost in the Super Bowl XLII rematch to the New York Giants by a score of 21–17.[82]

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Belichick at the 2012 Time 100 gala

On September 26, 2012, following a 31–30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Belichick was fined $50,000 for grabbing a replacement official's arm while asking for more specific clarity on a ruling after Baltimore had narrowly converted a last-second field goal attempt to secure the win.[83] The Patriots finished the 2012 regular season with a 12–4 record. In the Divisional Round, they defeated the Houston Texans by a score of 41–28 and made it to the AFC Championship, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 28–13, ending their season.[84][85]

Belichick's Patriots began the 2013 season with much upheaval on the offensive side of the ball with the injury of Rob Gronkowski, the arrest and subsequent release of Aaron Hernandez, the departures of Wes Welker to the Denver Broncos and Danny Woodhead to the San Diego Chargers in free agency, and the release of Brandon Lloyd. To replace them, the Patriots signed Danny Amendola in free agency, drafted rookies Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce, and signed undrafted rookie free agent Kenbrell Thompkins. The team ended the season with a 12–4 record, winning the AFC East and securing a playoff berth and a first-round bye, seeding second in the AFC standings.[86] In the Divisional Round, they defeated the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 43–22.[87] They lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship by a score of 26–16.[88]

In the 2014 season, Belichick's Patriots recorded a 12–4 record for the third straight season.[89] In the Divisional Round, they defeated the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 35–31.[90] In the AFC Championship, they defeated the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 45–7.[91] They reached Super Bowl XLIX, where they defeated the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 28–24.[92] With his fourth championship as head coach, Belichick tied Chuck Noll for most wins by a head coach in a Super Bowl.[93]

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Belichick with President Barack Obama and Robert Kraft

In the 2015 season, Belichick's Patriots recorded a 12–4 record for the fourth straight season.[94] They defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round.[95] In the AFC Championship, they lost to the eventual Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos by a score of 20–18.[96]

In the 2016 season, Belichick's Patriots recorded a 14–2 record, which earned them the #1 seed for the AFC playoffs.[97] In the Divisional Round, they defeated the Houston Texans.[98] In the AFC Championship, they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers.[99] They reached Super Bowl LI, where they defeated the Atlanta Falcons in a comeback victory by a score of 34–28 in overtime.[100] The Patriots were down 28–3 at one point in the third quarter.[101] With the victory, Belichick won his record fifth Super Bowl title as a head coach.[102]

In the 2017 season, Belichick's Patriots went 13–3, setting an NFL record eighth consecutive 12-or-more-win seasons, capturing their ninth consecutive AFC East title and their 15th of the last 17 seasons. They defeated the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round by a score of 35–14, and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship by a score of 24–20, claiming their second AFC title in two years, while also extending their record of consecutive AFC Championship appearances with seven.[103][104] Super Bowl LII was Belichick's eighth title game as head coach and his eleventh overall in any capacity, which was also the Patriot's tenth appearance, all extending NFL records. The Ringer wrote that Belichick's "team is different from many of New England's famous teams from the previous decade: The first iteration of the Patriots dynasty relied on defense. This year, they are 29th in yards allowed (though fifth in points allowed) and instead have perfected the art of situational football". The latter Patriots teams have been noted for mounting late comebacks in playoff games.[105][106]

However, the Patriots fell to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, 41–33, as Nick Foles repeated his dominant NFC Championship game performance and led Philadelphia to victory in a high-scoring game. The Patriots were down early, as they have been in most of their Super Bowl wins. However, they could not make a comeback this time, although they came very close. The Eagles defense strip-sacked Tom Brady to get the ball back with about 2 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. The Patriots did get the ball again before the end of the game, but they ran out of time to score.[107]

In the 2018 season, Belichick's Patriots went 11–5 failing to win more than 12 games for the first time since 2009. The Patriots still captured their 10th consecutive AFC East Title and their 16th of the last 18 years. They defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round by a score of 41–28 and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship 37–31 in a tough overtime game in Kansas City to advance to their third straight Super Bowl.[108][109] In Super Bowl LIII, the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13–3 to give Belichick his 6th Super Bowl championship as a head coach and his eighth overall to have the most Super Bowl rings in NFL History. His six championships matched both George Halas and Curly Lambeau for most championships as coach. The Patriots defense held the Rams offense to 260 total yards.[110][111]

Sideline videotaping controversy

In an incident dubbed "Spygate,"[112] on September 9, 2007, NFL security caught a Patriots video assistant taping the New York Jets' defensive signals from the sidelines, which is not an approved location. The NFL rules state "No video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches' booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game." Jets coach Eric Mangini, a former Patriots assistant, tipped off league officials that the Patriots might have been filming their signals. After the game, the Jets formally complained to the league.

On September 13, the NFL fined Belichick $500,000—the largest fine ever imposed on a coach in the league's 87-year history,[113] and fined the Patriots $250,000. Additionally, the Patriots forfeited their first round draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Roger Goodell, a former employee of the Jets, said that he fined the Patriots as a team because Belichick exercises so much control over the Patriots' on-field operations that "his actions and decisions are properly attributed to the club." Goodell considered suspending Belichick, but decided that taking away draft picks would be more severe in the long run.[114] Gary Myers, New York Daily News columnist, stated Belichick should have been suspended by Goodell for the Patriots' next game against the Jets.[115]

Belichick later issued the following statement:

I accept full responsibility for the actions that led to tonight's ruling. Once again, I apologize to the Kraft family and every person directly or indirectly associated with the New England Patriots for the embarrassment, distraction and penalty my mistake caused. I also apologize to Patriots fans and would like to thank them for their support during the past few days and throughout my career. [...] As the Commissioner acknowledged, our use of sideline video had no impact on the outcome of last week's game. We have never used sideline video to obtain a competitive advantage while the game was in progress. [...] Part of my job as head coach is to ensure that our football operations are conducted in compliance of the league rules and all accepted interpretations of them. My interpretation of a rule in the Constitution and Bylaws was incorrect. [...] With tonight's resolution, I will not be offering any further comments on this matter. We are moving on with our preparations for Sunday's game.

The sanctions against Belichick were the harshest imposed on a head coach in league history until the New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season for covering up a scheme in which bounties were paid for deliberately knocking opponents out of games.

Following the incident and its fallout, Belichick led the Patriots to a perfect 16–0 regular season record, and was awarded the 2007 NFL Coach of the Year Award, as voted on by the Associated Press.[116]

Overall record in New England

Under Belichick, the Patriots have a regular-season record of 225–79–0 over 19 seasons.[117] Belichick is far and away the winningest coach in Patriots history; his 225 wins with the franchise are more than triple those of runner-up Mike Holovak. Belichick also has compiled a 30–10 record in the playoffs with New England, and 6–3 in Super Bowls. He has led the Patriots to 16 division titles, including five consecutive titles from 2003 to 2007 and ten consecutive titles from 2009 to 2018. Under Belichick, the team only missed the playoffs in 2000 and on tiebreakers in 2002 and 2008.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CLE 1991 6 10 0 .375 3rd in AFC Central
CLE 1992 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC Central
CLE 1993 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC Central
CLE 1994 11 5 0 .688 2nd in AFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Divisional Game
CLE 1995 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC Central
CLE total 36 44 0 .450 1 1 .500
NE 2000 5 11 0 .313 5th in AFC East
NE 2001 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC East 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl XXXVI champions
NE 2002 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC East
NE 2003 14 2 0 .875 1st in AFC East 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl XXXVIII champions
NE 2004 14 2 0 .875 1st in AFC East 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl XXXIX champions
NE 2005 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to Denver Broncos in AFC Divisional Game
NE 2006 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC East 2 1 .667 Lost to Indianapolis Colts in AFC Championship Game
NE 2007 16 0 0 1.000 1st in AFC East 2 1 .667 Lost to New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII
NE 2008 11 5 0 .688 2nd in AFC East
NE 2009 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Baltimore Ravens in AFC Wild Card Game
NE 2010 14 2 0 .875 1st in AFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to New York Jets in AFC Divisional Game
NE 2011 13 3 0 .813 1st in AFC East 2 1 .667 Lost to New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI
NE 2012 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to Baltimore Ravens in AFC Championship Game
NE 2013 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to Denver Broncos in AFC Championship Game
NE 2014 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC East 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl XLIX champions
NE 2015 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to Denver Broncos in AFC Championship Game
NE 2016 14 2 0 .875 1st in AFC East 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl LI champions
NE 2017 13 3 0 .813 1st in AFC East 2 1 .667 Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII
NE 2018 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC East 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl LIII champions
NE total 225 79 0 .740 30 10 .750
Total 261 123 0 .680 31 11 .738

Coaching record accurate as of the end of 2018 regular season.[118]

Coaching tree

Bill Belichick has worked under five head coaches:

Nine of Belichick's assistant coaches have become NFL head coaches:

Seven assistant coaches have become NCAA Division I head coaches:

Two of Belichick's former players have become NFL head coaches:

One assistant coach has become a CFL head coach:

Nineteen assistant coaches or executives under Belichick have become assistant head coaches, coordinators, or executives in the NFL:

Belichick has been known to cultivate ties with the collegiate branches of his coaching tree—in the 2005 NFL Draft, the Patriots drafted two players from Fresno State, while in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Patriots drafted one Notre Dame player and then signed two more as free agents after the draft.

During the offseason, Belichick visits other football programs to learn from their experiences. For example, he has studied the Navy run offense, sought Bill Walsh (in past years) to understand more about the San Francisco 49ers as an organization and the West Coast offense as a system,[119] and spent time with Jimmy Johnson to learn about drafting and contract negotiations.[120]

Similarly, Belichick paid several visits to former University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer.[120] Meyer considers himself a protégé of Belichick and has tried to emulate Belichick's success at New England.[121] Former Rutgers University head coach Greg Schiano had been an annual visitor to New England Patriots' minicamps prior to becoming the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schiano has consulted with Belichick on a variety of topics, most notably defense.[122]

Personal life

Belichick was married to Debby Clarke, but they divorced in the summer of 2006.[123] They allegedly separated before the 2004 season, which was disclosed by the Patriots in July 2005. Belichick was also accused of maintaining a relationship with former Giants receptionist Sharon Shenocca, which helped precipitate her divorce.[124] Belichick was seen with Linda Holliday of Jupiter, Florida several times in Arizona during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLII.[125]

He has three children with Debby Clarke Belichick: Amanda, Stephen, and Brian. Amanda is a 2007 graduate of Wesleyan University, where she, like her father, played lacrosse. After college, she worked at Connecticut preparatory school Choate Rosemary Hall as a lacrosse coach and in the admissions department. In 2009 she became an assistant coach for the University of Massachusetts Amherst women's lacrosse team,[126] before joining the Ohio State Buckeyes in the same position the next year.[127] After serving as interim head women's lacrosse coach at Wesleyan,[128] she was named head women's lacrosse coach at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts in July 2015.[129] Stephen played lacrosse and football at Rutgers University on scholarship. Stephen was hired as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots in May 2012;[130] as of 2016, he is the team's safeties coach.[131] Brian attended Trinity College where he played lacrosse.[132] In 2016 Brian was hired to the Patriots' front office as a scouting assistant.[133]

Media and entertainment

  • In September 2011, a two-hour documentary following Belichick through the entire 2009 season was aired as the first two episodes of the NFL Network documentary series A Football Life. According to NFL Network, the premiere was the most-watched documentary in the history of the NFL Network, and the second-most watched broadcast in the Boston media market, beating all the broadcast networks, and finishing second only to a Boston Red Sox game.[134]
  • Belichick had a cameo appearance in an episode of the Denis Leary drama Rescue Me as a mourner at a funeral, alongside former Boston Bruin Phil Esposito.
  • In the Madden NFL video game series, his name is not used because he is not a member of the NFL Coaches Association, which licenses the game. Belichick is the only NFL head coach who has chosen not to join the association.[135]
  • The Belichick Plaza at Wesleyan University (formerly Warren Street lobby) was dedicated in recognition of the leadership and generosity of Bill Belichick[136]
  • Belichick is well known as a fan of the rock band Bon Jovi, who visited Patriots training camp on August 14, 2006.[137][138] Their 2002 song "Bounce" is dedicated to Belichick.[139]
  • In a 2012 interview, Star Wars novelist Drew Karpyshyn named Belichick the NFL personality most likely to become a Sith.[140] "Stealing signals in the Super Bowl? Total Sith move. The guy is always looking for every advantage; he's cunning and crafty and amoral. That may sound like an insult, but I'd love to have him coaching [my favorite team] the Chargers."
  • A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin has mentioned Belichick and the Patriots in his interviews and in his work.
  • In the Family Guy episode "3 Acts of God" it is revealed that God won't let the New England Patriots win games because Belichick never smiles.[141]
  • The 2008 South Park episode "Eek, a Penis!" deals with fallout from the 2007 National Football League videotaping controversy.
  • Belichick's "We're on to Cincinnati" press conference during the 2014 season is spoofed by comedian Frank Caliendo.[142]
  • A glowering Belichick is featured in the 3rd episode of the 28th season of The Simpsons entitled "The Town" (2016)

See also

Notes and references

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  2. ^ "The Belichick and Brady led Patriots have a case to be considered sports world's top dynasty". Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Stone, Kevin (June 5, 2013). "Greatest Coaches in NFL History – 7. Bill Belichick: Attention to detail". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Bill Belichick Passes Tom Landry On NFL's All-Time Wins List". Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Six pack! Belichick 'proud' to join Halas, Lambeau". ESPN.com. 2019-02-04. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  6. ^ BBC Sport. February 1, 2015 Super Bowl: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady head for fourth win
  7. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (November 24, 2005). "Given proper naval sendoff". boston.com.
  8. ^ Maxymuk, John (2012). NFL Head Coaches: A Biographical Dictionary, 1920–2011. p. 77.
  9. ^ Ryan, Bob (November 21, 2005). "Belichick learned well from dad". Boston Globe.
  10. ^ (in Croatian) Bill Belichick Djed iz Draganića uvijek mi je pričao o Hrvatskoj, Jutarnji list, February 2, 2007
  11. ^ New England Patriots: Bill Belichick Archived September 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
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1977 Detroit Lions season

The 1977 Detroit Lions season was their 48th in the National Football League (NFL). The team matched their previous season's output of 6–8. The team missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season. The Lions struggled offensively, scoring a mere 183 points while finishing in third place with a 6–8 record for the second straight season.

The 1977 coaching staff included 25-year-old assistant special teams and offensive assistant coach Bill Belichick. Belichick would later win two Super Bowls as defensive coordinator with the New York Giants following the 1986 and 1990 seasons, and five more as head coach of the New England Patriots following the 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, and 2016 seasons.

This is the last season the Lions would beat the Philadelphia Eagles at home until 2015.

1978 Denver Broncos season

The 1978 Denver Broncos season was the team's 19th year in professional football and its ninth with the National Football League (NFL). The team finished first in the AFC West, and made the playoffs for the second straight season. The season ended with a playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom they had loss to in the last game in the season at Mile High Stadium.

The offense finished 15th in the league in scoring offense, while the defense finished 2nd in points allowed and 6th in yards allowed. This season is notable for featuring coach Bill Belichick as a defense/special teams assistant. He would go on to become one of the greatest head coaches of all time.

1991 Cleveland Browns season

The 1991 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 42nd season with the National Football League. On August 5, Browns founder Paul Brown died at the age of 82.1991 was the first of five seasons in Cleveland for head coach Bill Belichick. Under Belichick, the Browns managed a 6-10 record, while finishing in third place in the AFC Central.

1994 Cleveland Browns season

The 1994 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 45th season with the National Football League. It was the only season that the Browns qualified for the playoffs under head coach Bill Belichick. The Browns finished as the NFL's number one defense in terms of points surrendered per game (12.8 points per game). In the playoffs, Belichick got his first playoff victory as a head coach in the AFC Wild Card Game against his eventual current team, the New England Patriots.

Active NFL head coach career Super Bowl history

There are 32 head coaches in the National Football League (NFL) for the 32 respective teams. Nineteen of the current head coaches have won at least one Super Bowl as either a head coach, assistant coach, or as a player throughout their career in the NFL, while all but 3 have participated in at least one. Bill Belichick has the most Super Bowl wins throughout his career among active head coaches with 8 (6 as a head coach and 2 as a defensive coordinator), as well the most losses with 4 (3 as a head coach). Doug Marrone, Matt Nagy and Kliff Kingsbury are the only coaches who have never won or lost a Super Bowl having never made it to one. Six of the coaches have won at least one Super Bowl as a head coach with their current teams, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, Pete Carroll, Doug Pederson and Mike Tomlin. Additionally, Jon Gruden won Super Bowl XXXVII while the head coach for the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bounce (Bon Jovi song)

"Bounce" is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released as the fourth single from the band's 2002 album of the same name to US Rock Radio only, where it peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 2003. It is dedicated to Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots, a National Football League team. It was also released as a double A-side with "Misunderstood" in Japan on 18 November 2002.

Draganić, Karlovac County

Draganić is municipality in Karlovac County, Croatia. The municipality consists of the villages of Lug, Goljak, Mrzljaki, Jazvaci, Darići, Budrovci, Bencetici, Barkovići, Draganići, Lazina, Franetici, Vrbanci, and Vrh.The combined population is 2,741, of whom 96% are Croats.Draganić is a birthplace of Ivan Biličić and Marija Barković, paternal grandparents of Bill Belichick, an American football head coach.

Eric Mangini

Eric Anthony Mangini (born January 19, 1971) is an American football coach who last served as the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Mangini had been with the 49ers since 2013 and served as the team's tight ends coach for two seasons before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2015, only to be fired in 2016 by new head coach Chip Kelly.Mangini, facetiously known as "the Mangenius," is a former head coach, having served as the coach of the New York Jets from 2006 until 2008 and the Cleveland Browns in 2009 and 2010. Prior to taking his position with the 49ers, Mangini was an NFL analyst for ESPN. Since being fired by the 49ers, Mangini has become an analyst for Fox Sports 1.Mangini is known for being a former assistant under Bill Belichick, serving under him as a defensive assistant while Belichick was the defensive coordinator with the Jets and later following him to the New England Patriots, where he succeeded Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator in 2005 after Crennel took the head coaching position with the Browns (a position he would also be succeeded in by Mangini).

General manager (American football)

In the National Football League, the general manager or GM of a team typically controls player transactions and bears the primary responsibility on behalf of the team during contract discussions with players.

The general manager is also normally the person who hires and fires the coaching staff, including the head coach.

The general manager will in many cases have oversight of the entire football department, typically reporting to the team president/CEO and/or owner. However, some teams have the GM act in advisory role with the head coach having oversight of the football operations (including the GM).

Some teams do not have official general managers instead have a de facto GM. Similar positions include President of Football Operations. Bill Belichick of New England is an example of a coach who is the de facto general manager; he has never been officially named or granted the title of general manager but he has the final say in football operations. Dave Gettleman, current GM of the New York Giants, is an example of a person with the sole title of General Manager.

List of New England Patriots head coaches

The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in Foxborough, Massachusetts. They are a member of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team began as the Boston Patriots in the American Football League, a league which merged with the National Football League before the 1970 season.There have been 14 head coaches for the Patriots franchise. Lou Saban became the first coach of the Patriots in 1960, although he was fired part way through their second season. Bill Belichick, the current coach since 2000, has led the team for more regular season games (288), post-season games (37) and more complete seasons (18) than any other head coach. His 214 wins with the Patriots are far and away the most in franchise history, more than three times those of runner-up Mike Holovak. Belichick has also led the team to eight of their ten Super Bowl appearances, winning five of them. Holovak, Raymond Berry and Bill Parcells all led the Patriots to league championship games, with only one coach failing to reach the Super Bowl. Five Patriots head coaches, Holovak, Chuck Fairbanks, Berry, Parcells, and Belichick, have been named coach of the year by at least one major news organization. Additionally, Raymond Berry is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1973, eleven years before he became the Patriots' head coach.Twice in Patriots history there were "interim" head coaches. In 1972, John Mazur resigned with five games left in the season. Phil Bengston was named as the interim head coach for the rest of the season, during which he only won one game, and he was not made the permanent coach the next year. In 1978, head coach Fairbanks secretly made a deal to leave the team to coach the University of Colorado Buffaloes while he was still coaching Patriots. Team owner Billy Sullivan suspended Fairbanks for the final game of the regular season, stating "You cannot serve two masters," and Ron Erhardt and Hank Bullough took co-head coaching responsibilities for that game. Fairbanks was reinstated when the team qualified for the playoffs, and he lost the first playoff game, his last for the Patriots.

List of New England Patriots seasons

The New England Patriots are an American football team based in Foxborough, Massachusetts. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. Originally called the Boston Patriots, the team was founded as one of eight charter members of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960 under the ownership of Billy Sullivan. The team became part of the NFL when the two leagues merged in 1970. The following year, they moved from Boston to nearby Foxborough, and changed their name to the New England Patriots.The modern NFL championship game, the Super Bowl, was founded in the 1966 season; the first four were contested between the champions of the AFL and the NFL. After the merger, the Super Bowl became the united league's championship. The Patriots made the 1963 AFL Championship Game, but struggled severely in the early years of the united league, not making the postseason until 1976. After a few good seasons including a Super Bowl appearance against a champion Bears outfit, the Patriots reached a nadir between 1989 and 1993 when they won only 19 of 80 games.

Since Bill Belichick was hired as the team's head coach in 2000, the Patriots have finished first or second in the AFC East every year except Belichick's first season, with both second-place finishes caused by tiebreakers. Over that time, they have won six Super Bowls, nine AFC Championship Games, and sixteen AFC East titles, while amassing a regular season record of 201–71. The team's quarterback over that same period, Tom Brady, has been awarded the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player four times; he is one of only five players named Super Bowl MVP more than once, and the only one named 4 times.The Patriots have won six Super Bowl championships (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, and LIII). They also played in and lost Super Bowls XX, XXXI, XLII, XLVI, and LII. During the 2007 regular season, the Patriots became the only NFL team in history to win 16 games, and the first since the 1972 Miami Dolphins (in a 14-game season) to complete the regular campaign undefeated. Belichick's Patriots are one of only two teams to win three Super Bowls in four years (the other being the Dallas Cowboys from 1993 to 1996).Overall, the Patriots have made 24 playoff appearances, one of which was before the merger. Since the merger, they have played fourteen AFC Championship Games, winning eleven of them to advance to the Super Bowl. In the Patriots' 56-year history, they have an overall regular season record of 476 wins, 383 losses, and 9 ties, plus an overall postseason record of 33 wins and 19 losses. In the 2018 NFL season, the Patriots reached their 11th Super Bowl, breaking their own record for most Super Bowl appearances by any organization of all time.

List of Super Bowl head coaches

This is a list of Super Bowl head coaches.

List of current National Football League head coaches

The table shows the current coaches and their records for each National Football League (NFL) team. The longest tenured head coach on his current team is Bill Belichick, who has been with the New England Patriots since the 2000 NFL season. Belichick also has the most wins among active coaches, as well as most Super Bowl appearances (9) and Super Bowl wins (6) as head coach. Other coaches to have won a Super Bowl as head coach with their current team are Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton, John Harbaugh, Pete Carroll, and Doug Pederson.

Mike Woicik

Mike Woicik (born September 26, 1956) is an American football strength and conditioning coach for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He holds the record for second-most Super Bowl rings won by a coach (behind Bill Belichick) with six, winning three with the Cowboys and three with the New England Patriots. Woicik has also authored a book Total Conditioning for Football: The Syracuse Way (1985).

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston area. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium.

An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues. The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. The Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium from 1971 to 2001, then moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season. The Patriots' rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL.

Since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000, the Patriots have since become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, winning 16 AFC East titles in 18 seasons since 2001, without a losing season in that period. The franchise has since set numerous notable records, including most wins in a ten-year period (126, in 2003–2012), an undefeated 16-game regular season in 2007, the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history (a 21-game streak from October 2003 to October 2004), and the most consecutive division titles won by a team in NFL history (ten straight division titles from 2009 to 2018). The team owns the record for most Super Bowls reached (nine) and won (six) by a head coach–quarterback tandem, most Super Bowl appearances overall (eleven), tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins (six), and also tied with the Denver Broncos for the most Super Bowl losses (five).

New England Patriots strategy

The New England Patriots generally run a modified Erhardt-Perkins offensive system and a Fairbanks-Bullough 3–4 defensive system, though they have also used a 4–3 defense and increased their use of the nickel defense.

Pepper Johnson

Thomas "Pepper" Johnson (born July 29, 1964) is a former American football linebacker and a former NFL coach. He is the linebackers coach for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He played in the National Football League for 13 seasons, the first seven of which were for the New York Giants. He won two Super Bowls with the Giants before playing for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and New York Jets.

After his playing career ended, Johnson began working as an assistant coach for the New England Patriots. In New England he was reunited with Bill Belichick, for whom Johnson played as a Giant and Brown. He spent 14 seasons with the organization, winning three Super Bowls, before leaving the Patriots to work as the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills and then the New York Jets.

Stephen Belichick

Stephen C. Belichick (born March 25, 1987) is an American football coach who is the current safeties coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).

After attending The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts where he played lacrosse and was an All-League Honorable Mention selection in his senior year, Belichick attended Rutgers University, where he played lacrosse as a defenseman and long-stick midfielder (LSM) from 2008 through 2011, and as a long-snapper for Rutgers Football under coach Greg Schiano in 2011On Thursday May 10, 2012, Belichick was hired to the New England Patriots coaching staff as a coaching assistant, a position in which he would serve for four seasons before being named safeties coach prior to the start of the 2016 season.On February 5, 2017, Belichick was part of the Patriots coaching staff that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime.Belichick is the son of current New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, and the grandson of Steve Belichick. His younger brother, Brian, also works in the New England Patriots organization, as a coaching assistant.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era

The Tom Brady and Bill Belichick Era, as commonly referred to by sports writers and fans, is the sports dynasty formed by quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have led the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL) since 2000. The dynasty has also been referred to as the "Patriot Dynasty".Brady and Belichick have been considered to be the greatest in their position in league history, and are considered responsible for one of the sport's longest and most dominant dynasties. Whereas the Patriots had only appeared in (and lost) two Super Bowls prior to the Brady-Belichick era, the Patriots have appeared in nine Super Bowls since (more than any other franchise), of which they have won six (tied for all-time with the Pittsburgh Steelers). The team also appeared in eight straight AFC Championship games between 2011 and 2018, and have recorded the only undefeated 16-game regular season. During the Brady-Belichick era, no team in the league has had a winning record against the Patriots, culminating in 18 consecutive winning seasons from 2001 to 2018, while they boast a .784 win percentage against their division opponents.In addition to their role in setting the Patriots' franchise records, Belichick holds the records for most Super Bowl appearances and victories as a head coach, and is tied with George Halas and Curly Lambeau for most NFL championships overall. Brady holds the records for most Super Bowl appearances, victories and MVP awards as a player in any position.

Belichick and Brady have also been credited with helping to create and sustain the culture around the team, dubbed "The Patriot Way", where there is an emphasis on personal accountability, consistent improvement, and a focus on team success over personal gain.

Bill Belichick—awards, championships, and honors

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