Much of this season has been about Tom Brady and rightfully so. Each time he steps onto the field he sets/extends a record. Literally. However, Patriots Head Coach, Bill Belichick, has a penchant for chasing records as well.
Currently, Belichick has 269 career wins (including playoffs) as a head coach and with a win on Sunday, Belichick can move into a tie for third place all-time with iconic Cowboys coach, Tom Landry. George Halas (324) and Don Shula (347) occupy the top two spots on the list, all three of which are in the Hall of Fame. There is no doubt that by season’s end, Belichick will have sole possession of third place all time. It is very likely it will happen in two weeks in Mexico City.
|Year||Age||Tm||G||W||L||W-L%||G plyf||W plyf||L plyf||W-L%||Rank|
|23 y||23 y||360||243||117||.675||36||26||10||.722||1.7|
|18 y||18 y||NWE||280||207||73||.739||34||25||9||.735||1.3|
|5 yr||5 yr||CLE||80||36||44||.450||2||1||1||.500||3.0|
There are not many things universally agreed upon by sports fans. Belichick as the best coach and arguably best general manager, in the league is one of them. There is not one person with a sane mind that would put anyone higher in the coaching hierarchy than Belichick. The debate surrounding Belichick is whether or not he is the greatest of all time. Quite frankly, that debate may very well end in the near future.
The likelihood that Belichick, age 65, will reach and surpass Don Shula for the most wins in NFL history is slim. The Patriots would have to continue their current pace, winning, on average, 12 games a year for the next five seasons. However, what he accomplishes from now until his final year could go a long way in mitigating the win difference and cementing Belichick’s legacy among the all-time great.
Most everyone celebrates Vince Lombardi as the greatest coach in the history of the game. His quotes are famous, his ‘Packers Sweep’ is legendary, and his name is on the championship trophy. With that said, Belichick’s championship resume and domination in an era built to prevent such success has warranted the conversation about who really is the greatest coach in the history of this game.
With just a couple more wins, Belichick will climb the ranks of yet another coaching list. Ultimately, he will add the most to his legacy with another Super Bowl but the team and Belichick will have to wait a few more weeks for that. Until then, with each passing week, he adds ammunition to the future debate about the greatest of all time.
– Ian Glendon is the National Editor for cover32 and the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots. He covers the NFL and New England Patriots. Like and follow on Follow @iglen31 Follow @cover32_NE and Facebook.