“You can play hard. You can play aggressive. You can give 120% but if one guy is out of position then someone is running through the line of scrimmage and he is going to gain a bunch of yards.”
New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick
On Sunday, Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots play in the Super Bowl for the fifth time during Belichick’s tenure as Head Coach. The Patriots have won three of those previous four Super Bowl appearances.
Belichick also was an assistant coach on two Super Bowl winning teams with the New York Giants.
Belichick has been coaching the Patriots since 2000 and is a three-time NFL Coach of the Year. He is the second longest tenured NFL Head Coach, behind the Philadelphia Eagles’ Andy Reid.
Prior to his success with the Patriots, Belichick was the Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns from 1991-95. He did not have success there; his record was 36-44.
No matter how you feel about Bill Belichick, his achievements as Head Coach of the Patriots are amazing.
Four years ago, they were extremely close to a perfect season, only to be beaten by the New York Giants in come from behind fashion in the Super Bowl. That is his only Super Bowl loss against three Super Bowl victories.
Perhaps some of Belichick’s football brilliance can be attributed to him growing up around the game. His father, Steve, was an assistant coach at the Naval Academy.
Belichick’s practices can be intense and he makes sure that his players get the fundamentals right. Perhaps we should look at the 2008 season to illustrate Belichick’s coaching genius.. The Patriots were without the injured Tom Brady and Matt Cassel replaced Brady at quarterback. New England finished the season 11-5.
Belichick also is involved in all football related decisions and basically has the power of a General Manager. The Patriots rarely miss the playoffs.
Belichick is meticulous in his preparation…Maybe, you might say overzealous.. Remember “spygate” when he was fined $500,000 by the NFL.