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The Associated Press has selected Bill Belichick as the 2010 NFL Coach of the Year.

It’s Belichick’s third AP Coach of the Year award, the others coming in 2003 and 2007. As noted by Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England, Belichick joins Don Shula and Chuck Knox as the only three-time winners.

Shula actually won Coach of the Year four times, although in 1967 he split it with George Allen.

The award is based on regular season performance, and Belichick’s Patriots led the NFL in regular season wins (14). The Pats were widely written off when they traded Randy Moss to the Vikings in October. They also fielded one of the youngest defenses in football, overcame All-Pro guard Logan Mankins’ lengthy holdout, and had to deal with defensive end Ty Warren, tackle Nick Kaczur, top cornerback Leigh Bodden, and Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski’s year-ending injuries.

Belichick garnered 30 of the 50 votes. Raheem Morris of the Bucs was second with 11. Todd Haley of the Chiefs had 4.5.

Mike Smith (Falcons), Andy Reid (Eagles), Lovie Smith (Bears), and Steve Spagnuolo (Rams) each received one of the remaining votes.

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  1. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Feb 2, 2011 7:55 PM

    I think Commissioner Roger Goodell would join me in congratulating Bill Belichick on his 3rd AP NFL Coach of the Year Award. Belichick, who joins Chuck Knox as the only other three-time winner, now trails only Don Shula, who won the award four times—the most in league history.

    In the absence of a named general manager and named offensive/defensive coordinators in New England, Belichick is likely shouldering more responsibility than most—if not all—head coaches in the NFL today. Against that backdrop, he managed a team with a young defense that produced a league-best 14-2 regular season record and record-low 10 turnovers, even in the wake of doom and gloom predictions following the unavoidable Randy Moss trade, where he outsmarted Brad Childress by getting a third-rounder.

    It’s no coincidence that the 2010 AFC and NFC Championship teams all boasted of top-ranked defenses. If the Patriots want another Super Bowl ring, then they must avoid the pitfall of becoming version 2.0 of the Colts—an offensive juggernaut that annually delivers an exceptional regular-season record, and not so exceptional post-season record. Instead, the Pats must become a powerhouse on defense. To accomplish that, New England must first upgrade its pass-rush. To date, coach Belichick has not delivered on suitable replacements for McGinest, Bruschi, and Vrabel. Rather than trading down for additional picks/value, perhaps Belichick should instead trade up in the first round to grab the premier OLB/DE pass-rusher(s) in the 2011 NFL Draft. To his credit, Belichick has amassed plenty of high draft picks that will allow for creative “horse trading.” Now is the time to use them.

  2. august1969 says: Feb 2, 2011 7:55 PM

    thanks to a beyond stellar draft

  3. hooterdawg says: Feb 2, 2011 7:57 PM

    A one-and-done Coach of the Year. Whoop-de-doo.

  4. MichaelEdits says: Feb 2, 2011 7:59 PM

    But he still got outcoached by Rex Ryan.

  5. ethixz says: Feb 2, 2011 8:01 PM

    should have been Raheem Morris tbh.

  6. lilbendbag says: Feb 2, 2011 8:01 PM

    I Respect the hell out of belichek but….how many titles without the assistance of a camcorder?

  7. nupicasso says: Feb 2, 2011 8:01 PM

    Mike McCarthy leads the Packers to the Superbowl with major players out, back-ups playing, and somehow Belichick wins coach of the year?! Ridiculous!

    These people who vote are who we thought they were…. Retards.

  8. tunescribe says: Feb 2, 2011 8:02 PM

    Great coach, amazing regular season. Congratulations to you, BB!

  9. backindasaddle says: Feb 2, 2011 8:02 PM

    Richly deserved. He brought a team full of rookies and undrafted free agents to a 14-2 record and beat all the best teams along the way.

    The guy is a superb coach.

  10. diehardraidersfan says: Feb 2, 2011 8:03 PM

    What a joke. The media is so in love with this franchise they will do anything to keep them in the discussion.

  11. flash1283 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:04 PM

    Oh man, this is going to piss off the Patriot haters.

  12. pattunya says: Feb 2, 2011 8:04 PM

    Look Patriot haters! No cameras! wah-wah-wah.

  13. tryingmybest2 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:05 PM

    This is a joke…right???

  14. billsfansinceday1 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:06 PM

    Just give it to him every year

  15. tryingmybest2 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:06 PM

    The coach of the year that is admittedly “outcoached” in the playoffs. Does that make Rex Ryan coach of the decade?

  16. blackglass3 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:07 PM

    Please suck it, haters. If you still think ANY of the sucess is Spygate related, you are a complete nincompoop.

  17. db105 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:08 PM

    14-2 record during a rebuilding year speaks for itself.

  18. alexanderisland says: Feb 2, 2011 8:09 PM

    OK, let’s see;

    Belichick = 30.0 votes
    R. Morris = 11.5 votes
    T. Haley = 11.5 votes

    and this is supposed to sum up to 50…? It’s a good thing that we’re really focussing on teaching maths nowadays…

  19. awreid says: Feb 2, 2011 8:10 PM

    Where’s Tomlin?

  20. alexanderisland says: Feb 2, 2011 8:11 PM

    Oh, hadn’t noticed that there were another 4 coaches that received votes also.

    Pile it on Evan, way to go :-P

  21. 8man says: Feb 2, 2011 8:11 PM

    Kind of rings empty for me. Brady with player of the year and now this. As a Patriots fan, the fact that they aren’t playing this Sunday looms large. This is just another reminder of the whole season’s effort the team squandered by losing to the Jets. So the awards will roll in, without even running a play in the AFC title game or the Super Bowl. Great. Even the fact that the Jets are done as well offers me little solace.

    The fact that Mike McCarthy even got the Packers into the playoffs with all the injuries they suffered is an amazing feat. I don’t know why he wasn’t mentioned. Is is because the Packers were favored to be a playoff team?

  22. awreid says: Feb 2, 2011 8:12 PM

    @alexanderisland

    Might wanna really focuss on spelling, too.

  23. blountforce says: Feb 2, 2011 8:14 PM

    alexanderisland says:
    Feb 2, 2011 8:09 PM
    OK, let’s see;

    Belichick = 30.0 votes
    R. Morris = 11.5 votes
    T. Haley = 11.5 votes

    and this is supposed to sum up to 50…? It’s a good thing that we’re really focussing on teaching maths nowadays…

    ————————————————–

    You beat me to it. Coach Rah with 11.5, Haley with 4.5

  24. blackglass3 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:15 PM

    I also would have had no problem with Raheem Morris winning it. Taking that Tampa team to the brink of the playoffs was quite the feat.

  25. flash1283 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:16 PM

    nupicasso says:
    Feb 2, 2011 8:01 PM
    Mike McCarthy leads the Packers to the Superbowl with major players out, back-ups playing, and somehow Belichick wins coach of the year?! Ridiculous!

    These people who vote are who we thought they were…. Retards.

    00  
    ———

    It’s based on the REGULAR SEASON , why is this so hard for some people to understand!!!

    Read people!!!

  26. towniesman says: Feb 2, 2011 8:19 PM

    well deseved coach well deserved 14-2 with this talent as a die hard fan i was prayin for 8-8

  27. richm2256 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:20 PM

    I’ve said it before …… the Pat’s were predicted to go 9-7 before the “rebuilding” season started. then after week 4 he trades his best receiver.

    All hope is lost, right? Looking at 7-9???

    Nope. He gets the young defense headed in the right direction, revamps the entire offense, and they become a scoring machine with zero interceptions in how many games straight and an amzing turnover ratio enroute to a stunning 14-2 season.

    If Belichick put Wilfork in as a wideout and Woodhead in at nose tackle, I would wonder what he saw that no one else did.

    Freaking amazing. Too bad some of you are so blinded by hate that you can’t appreciate one of the most amazing coaches ever to grace the NFL, regardless of what uniform his team is wearing.

    Well done Coach, one of your best seasons ever …. except for the ending, that is.

  28. Spoonthis says: Feb 2, 2011 8:20 PM

    Congrats to the Hoodie. I didn’t like him when he was in Cleveland and I can’t stand him now. But I respect him as a coach and recognize his ability. The Pats had a very impressive regular season (they kicked the Steelers ass). I think Mike Smith had the better season as a coach.

    The vote should happen after the playoffs. A number 6 seed has reached the Super Bowl with very impressive wins in the playoffs. Coach McCarthy deserves a nod also.

  29. bigperm33 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:23 PM

    How many times does it have to be explained to people that this is a regular season award? Not only does it just consider the regular season, but the voting is done before the playoffs.

    These awards are nearly always debatable, but he is absolutely deserving. best record in football for a team that even before the trade most people thought would be rebuilding, many picked them for 2d or even 3d in their own division, changed the offense during the season, and had the youngest defense in the game.

    Losing to the Jets and being outplayed and outcoached in that game was terribly disappointing – and these post-season awards for the coach and the QB just underscore that – but nevertheless, it doesn’t make either any less deserving of the regular season awards.

  30. dumbaseinstien says: Feb 2, 2011 8:25 PM

    Since when does the Associatred Press matter?

  31. igottz5onit says: Feb 2, 2011 8:25 PM

    Hey whether you think he is a disgusting human being or not (which i do), he always puts together a competitive team. Kudos.

  32. bigperm33 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:28 PM

    Also, Patriots were 14-2, best record in the league, with wins over six of the 11 other playoff teams (6-1 overall against 2010 playoff teams), 8-0 at home, and 6-2 on the road after going 2-6 on the road in 2009.

  33. kendallhard says: Feb 2, 2011 8:28 PM

    I am sorry because when u loose 10 starters in the season to IR and u replace them with other team practice squad players and also play 10 rookies in a season and you help a qb turn to a elite qb and u get 10 wins and you play in the hardest divison in Football. I respect Bill but the award should have gone to coach Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Looks like it again big name stomps all over the little Guy!!! Buccaneers Got Robb again

  34. righthereisay says: Feb 2, 2011 8:29 PM

    Sorry, but with Tom Brady and a bunch of pro bowlers, Bellicheck shouldn’t even be in the running.

    They were 14-2. I expected them to be 12-4.

    This award should go to a team with low expectations…like maybe a team predicted to be 3rd in their division, and without their starting QB for the 1st 4 games.

  35. belicheckyoself says: Feb 2, 2011 8:30 PM

    Yo selfs fools!

    The Man can bring up the kids! Remember everyone, this is year 1 of the middle dynasty!

  36. keramidas21 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:31 PM

    No one even voted for Mike McCarthy? He took a team with 15 players on IR to the Super Bowl!

  37. cmstrick says: Feb 2, 2011 8:34 PM

    This is a joke. Mike McCarthy didn’t get a single vote?

    Not one?

    What a bad, bad effing joke.

    Choke on it, Bellisuck.

  38. 42rye says: Feb 2, 2011 8:36 PM

    Congratulations Bill Belichick!

    If it had not been for Chung botching the snap; the Patriots would have defeated the Jets.

    The Patriots own the Steelers.

    Although I am not a NE fan, to go 14-2 in a re-building year, with a rookie defense, and major injuries to key players is truly remarkable….

    This team will continue to make noise for the next 10+ years.

  39. 3octaveFart says: Feb 2, 2011 8:37 PM

    backindasaddle says: Feb 2, 2011 8:02 PM

    “Richly deserved. He … beat all the best teams along the way. ”

    …except when it mattered most.

    Enjoy the wall plaque BB.

  40. svenhoek86 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:40 PM

    How does Mike Tomlin not win when he had a starting QB out for 4 games, an offensive line that fell apart due to injuries, and missing your two best players on defense, one for the whole year, another for 3-4 weeks, and he STILL made it to the playoffs?

    That’s fine. Tomlin walks past 6 Lombardi trophies at work everyday, not 6 Coach of the Year titles.

  41. kelvinmchale says: Feb 2, 2011 8:40 PM

    This was a no-brainer. Don’t forget they lost Kevin Faulk for the year, too. Everyone forgets about him.

  42. nopuntintended says: Feb 2, 2011 8:40 PM

    @lilbendbag / nupicasso / tryingmybest2

    Posted by Evan Silva on February 2, 2011, 7:54 PM EST:

    “The award is based on regular season performance…”

    Titles w/o cameras do not matter.
    Leading a team to the super bowl does not matter.
    Being outcoached in the playoffs does not matter.

  43. Richard Dickson says: Feb 2, 2011 8:40 PM

    “The Pats were widely written off when they traded Randy Moss to the Vikings in October. They also fielded one of the youngest defenses in football, overcame All-Pro guard Logan Mankins’ lengthy holdout, and had to deal with defensive end Ty Warren, tackle Nick Kaczur, top cornerback Leigh Bodden, and Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski’s year-ending injuries.”

    And had TOM FREAKIN’ BRADY, the Offensive Player of the Year.

  44. svenhoek86 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:41 PM

    Lol made it to the playoffs. Sorry, meant SUPER BOWL.

  45. belicheckyoself says: Feb 2, 2011 8:42 PM

    @nupicasso

    As a mostly external viewer of the Pack, who I’ve been calling contenders since week 14 or so, I put it mostly on Rodgers, and the most capable secondary of the year at least. Why do you think it was McCarthy?

  46. piscataquis007 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:42 PM

    Are you kidding!!?
    a 14-2 record means NOTHING if you can’t get your team prepared to play in the post season. The Pats were flat, and painfully unprepared against the Jets. Number one seed, homefield throughout, and they’re one and done. Yeah, great job Belichick. This guy’s an average coach with a team that could go 14-2 without a head coach.

  47. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Feb 2, 2011 8:43 PM

    Don Shula is a four-time winner of the AP’s NFL Coach of the Year Award, not a three-time winner as referenced above.

  48. minnesconsin says: Feb 2, 2011 8:45 PM

    i’m shocked McCarthy didn’t even receive a single vote — but I’m actually relieved he didn’t win it. i’m thrilled with where the packers sit right now, but I still think it has a lot more to do w/ Capers than McCarthy.

  49. scytherius says: Feb 2, 2011 8:46 PM

    I haven’t disagreed with a single award … til this. How utterly absurd. This isn’t a case of disagreeing over two or three good choices, this is just a BAD call.

  50. jwil444 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:46 PM

    Upon hearing the news, Belichick was so excited he took the entire family to Red Lobster!

  51. mountaindont says: Feb 2, 2011 8:46 PM

    Who did the voting here ? The girls on “The View” ?

    Mike McCarthey loses 7 starters and has 16 players all together on the IR. Wins 3 playoff games on the road against the NFC`s elite and makes the Superbowl .
    Not to mention the Packers never trailed in a game by more then 7 points all season long.

    McCarthey doesnt even get 1 vote ? ridiculous!!!

  52. cmstrick says: Feb 2, 2011 8:47 PM

    db105 said: Feb 2, 2011 8:08 PM

    14-2 record during a rebuilding year speaks for itself.

    —————————————–

    So does 0-1 in the playoffs.

  53. Jack Burton says: Feb 2, 2011 8:47 PM

    Rebuilding with the AP offensive player of the year versus nearly taking a team to the playoffs with Josh Freeman and who else??, yeah Morris got hosed.

  54. johntonioholmes says: Feb 2, 2011 8:48 PM

    Yeah Belichick deserves the award. After all, he took a team that was in the playoffs last year back to the playoffs this year.

    Something tells me that if Tom Brady was suspended for the first 4 games of the season, that Pats would have lost at least 5.

    Something tells me that if the Pats lost a both starting tackles, Brady wouldn’t have been OPOY.

    Something tells me that the distraction of having one of your players fined for legal hits would have led to bigger problems for the Pats.

    I’m sorry, but Tomlin didn’t get a single vote? They were supposed to finish 3rd in the AFC North. 4/5 of their starting o-line will not be in the super bowl.

    McCarthy makes a good case because the Pack had so many injuries. Morris probably makes the best case; really it’s a tossup between him and Tomlin. Haley makes a case too.

    But Belichick? That team was already projected to win at least 12 games.

  55. august1969 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:49 PM

    please don’t make me post his win/loss record post-spygate…

    it blows away his win/loss pre-spygate…

    but until they win in the playoffs…the haters will remain…

    they sniff the panties every year, some years stronger then others…

    but in the end, you gotta rip em off…

    so, in summation…

    Brady sniffs panties and Ben rips em off.

  56. intedwetrust says: Feb 2, 2011 8:49 PM

    As a Packer fan to the other Packer fans on the site complaining both about the choice of Polamalu and Belichick:

    These awards don’t matter! We know we have one of the best defensive players in the NFL because we get to watch him every week. We know we have one of the best coaches in the NFL because he kept a team together that could have fallen to pieces with all the injuries and got them to the Super Bowl. We know we have one of the best GMs in football because we have one of the deepest, most talented and youngest teams in the NFL. We know we have one of the best young quarterbacks in the game. We know we have one of the best defensive minds in Dom Capers. We know we have one of the top receiving corps in the NFL.

    Honestly, knowing all this, do we really need the national media to notice or can we just enjoy the great organization and players that we have. IMO they can not win any awards and that’s fine by me because they won a chance to play in the Super Bowl and really that’s all that matters.

  57. steelertom says: Feb 2, 2011 8:50 PM

    I might sound like a homer but…why isnt mike tomlin in this group or outright winner? He took a team that didnt make the playoffs last year to a 12-4 record. His franchise qb missed 4 games, lost both tackles max starks and willie colon, arron smith for the season. Now he is playing in his second superbowl in four years. I know playoffs arent considered but why not? How valuable is someone that is at home?

  58. bradwins says: Feb 2, 2011 8:52 PM

    I’ll skip commenting on the idiotic comments above me. Suffice it to say, this is a regular season award. So the Patriots’ loss and the Packers’ postseason success are completely meaningless with respect to the award.

    Bill Belichick was the best coach during the regular season in 2010. This much is obvious, and to argue the point is absurd. The award doesn’t do much to comfort Bill’s supporters, as I’m sure it doesn’t do much to comfort Bill.

  59. Party Monster says: Feb 2, 2011 8:53 PM

    What a joke! Rex Ryan beat him 2/3 times this year and the Packers made it to the Superbowl with 16 guys on IR, I guess Mike McCarthy is chopped liver. It must be really hard to coach a team that has Tom Effin’ Brady. I swear the media fawns over this franchise. THEY WERE 1 & DONE IN THE PLAYOFFS, get out of here. This is as big a joke as Polamalu winning DPOY over Clay Mathews

  60. jkcranshaw says: Feb 2, 2011 8:54 PM

    mountaindont says:
    Feb 2, 2011 8:46 PM
    Who did the voting here ? The girls on “The View” ?

    Mike McCarthey loses 7 starters and has 16 players all together on the IR. Wins 3 playoff games on the road against the NFC`s elite and makes the Superbowl .
    Not to mention the Packers never trailed in a game by more then 7 points all season long.

    McCarthey doesnt even get 1 vote ? ridiculous!!!

    ————————————————-

    I wish there was a way to stress this with American Sign Language in the background…

    THEY ARE REGULAR SEASON AWARDS VOTED ON BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS… HE TOOK A VERY YOUNG RE0BUILDING TEAM TO A 14-2 RECORD.

    1 more time:

    REGULAR SEASON AWARD VOTED ON BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS

  61. tobiasjodter says: Feb 2, 2011 8:54 PM

    Sorry. Steeler fan here, but you can’t argue against 14-2. Except… hmmm…. Bill Cowher went 15-1 in 2004 and who won AP NFL Coach of the Year? Mary Schottenheimer of the 12-4 Chargers.

    That being said it’s hard to argue with 14-2.

    Still surprising that neither McCarthy or Tomlin got a single vote.

  62. patsfiend says: Feb 2, 2011 8:55 PM

    He had a great year, and is a great coach. Their D was so young, so many undrafted castoffs elsewhere. They’ve been SO close to another Super Bowl 3 times since their last. They’ll get back there eventually.

    That being said, he sure as hell wasn’t “Coach of the Game” against the Jets this year (way to make adjustments, nice clock management), against the Colts last year (nice 4th down call, Bill) or against the Giants in the Super Bowl (did you forget we have the best quick passing offense in history, Bill?)

    Eh… and Brady will win the MVP and all I can do is wack off to my Super Bowl hats from 2004 for another year. Go Pack.

  63. scytherius says: Feb 2, 2011 8:56 PM

    The two coaches in the Super Bowl are WAY more deserving.

  64. grkboiler24 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:57 PM

    alexanderisland says:
    Feb 2, 2011 8:09 PM
    OK, let’s see;

    Belichick = 30.0 votes
    R. Morris = 11.5 votes
    T. Haley = 11.5 votes

    and this is supposed to sum up to 50…? It’s a good thing that we’re really focussing on teaching maths nowadays…

    __________

    Bill Belichick- 30
    Raheem Morris- 11.5
    Todd Haley- 4.5
    Mike Smith- 1
    Andy Reid- 1
    Lovie Smith- 1
    Steve Spagnuolo- 1

    Add that up now!

  65. misterpigglesworth says: Feb 2, 2011 8:57 PM

    this is a regular season award you dopes. obviously it would be different if the voting was done yesterday. pay attention

  66. smarksman says: Feb 2, 2011 8:58 PM

    alexanderisland you read it wrong. Todd Haley got 4.5, not 11.5. Silva wrote it wrong, Morris got 11.5, not 11.

    So, it does add up to 50…

    Belichick- 30
    Raheem Morris- 11.5
    Todd Haley- 4.5
    Mike Smith- 1
    Andy Reid- 1
    Lovie Smith- 1
    Steve Spagnuolo- 1

    source : http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81e139ee/article/patriots-belichick-is-aps-nfl-coach-of-the-year-for-third-time?module=HP_headlines

  67. Deb says: Feb 2, 2011 8:59 PM

    Congratulations to Coach Belichick.

    Did you say Haley had 4.5? Somebody gave him a half vote?

    I have no problem with Belichick winning COY, but can’t believe Tomlin received no votes considering that the Steelers won their division despite the suspension of their QB, the bizarre Goodell war against their defense, and their ragtag offensive line. But he’s in good company since Noll never won COY. Hope, like Noll, he’ll just collect Lombardis instead.

  68. steelertom says: Feb 2, 2011 9:00 PM

    @bradwins I understand its a regular season award. Yes BB was the best coach in regular season. but why no consideration for tomlin was the point i was making. Its unreal if you ask me.

  69. nickster2k says: Feb 2, 2011 9:05 PM

    i heard he gets to keep the trophy at his house on mondays, wednesdays and fridays. And on tuesday, thursday and the weekends it’s at Brady’s.

  70. Bubby Brister says: Feb 2, 2011 9:06 PM

    Not gonna complain about the winner… Belichick really did do a remarkable job considering the talent level on the team this year. Outside of Tom Brady… that roster has 6 wins tops written all over it. I’d agree he is the hands down winner.

    And then you got other fantastic coaching jobs with what Morris did with a team many thought would have a top-5 draft pick this year and Spagnuolo doing pretty much the same. Really an all around solid roundup of coaching performances this year. One of the tougher calls I can remember in recent years.

    But you all know where this is going. How did neither conference champion coach named Mike get a SINGLE vote? The adversity/injuries these guys overcame is nothing short of unbelievable. Should either have won? Do you consider them with only the regular season in mind? I don’t know, but that’s a joke that neither of them even got a sniff. Sorry.

    So be it, though. I’m sure whichever gets their hands on the Lombardi Sunday night won’t shed any tears over this one.

  71. stixzidinia says: Feb 2, 2011 9:08 PM

    What a joke. Mike McCarthy is FAR more deserving than Belichick. I’d vote Haley over him as well. Ernie Adams is the real genius behind the scenes in NE.

  72. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Feb 2, 2011 9:08 PM

    Congrats to Bill Belichick on his 3rd AP NFL Coach of the Year Award. Belichick, who joins Chuck Knox as the only other three-time winner, now trails only Don Shula, who won the award four times—the most in league history.

    In the absence of a named general manager and named offensive/defensive coordinators in New England, Belichick is likely shouldering more responsibility than most—if not all—head coaches in the NFL today. Against that backdrop, he managed a team with a young defense that produced a league-best 14-2 regular season record and record-low 10 turnovers, even in the wake of doom and gloom predictions following the unavoidable Randy Moss trade, where he outsmarted Brad Childress by getting a third-rounder.

    It’s no coincidence that the 2010 AFC and NFC Championship teams all boasted of top-ranked defenses. If the Patriots want another Super Bowl ring, then they must avoid the pitfall of becoming version 2.0 of the Colts—an offensive juggernaut that annually delivers an exceptional regular-season record, and not so exceptional post-season record. Instead, the Pats must become a powerhouse on defense. To accomplish that, New England must first upgrade its pass-rush. To date, coach Belichick has not delivered on suitable replacements for McGinest, Bruschi, and Vrabel. Rather than trading down for additional picks/value, perhaps Belichick should instead trade up in the first round to grab the premier OLB/DE pass-rusher(s) in the 2011 NFL Draft. To his credit, Belichick has amassed plenty of high draft picks that will allow for creative “horse trading.” Now is the time to use them.

  73. tim1999 says: Feb 2, 2011 9:10 PM

    Hey Roger Goodell, how’s that taste???

  74. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 2, 2011 9:14 PM

    You haters can say whatever you want to make yourselves feel better…..

    But if you say your nips don’t get stiff as rocks when you think about what BB could do for your franchise, you are dirty filthy liars.

  75. peopletrains says: Feb 2, 2011 9:14 PM

    I’m not pissed that Belichick won it by any means, but the fact that McCarthy didn’t even get a single vote is absolutely ridiculous.

  76. ButkisMyDick says: Feb 2, 2011 9:20 PM

    righthereisay says: Feb 2, 2011 8:29 PM

    Sorry, but with Tom Brady and a bunch of pro bowlers, Bellicheck shouldn’t even be in the running.

    They weren’t pro-bowlers until after BB took them in… we weren’t even supposed to win 8 games, but we went 14-2

  77. all4patriots says: Feb 2, 2011 9:21 PM

    somebody said “Belichick? That team was already projected to win at least 12 games”

    Go back and look at the presason predictions for the Patriots.

    Golic said 8-8 I think
    Greenie said 7-9

    Most “experts” said from 7 to 10 wins at most, and after the Moss trade BB was asked if he was “giving up on the season”

  78. ButkisMyDick says: Feb 2, 2011 9:24 PM

    johntonioholmes says: Feb 2, 2011 8:48 PM

    Yeah Belichick deserves the award. After all, he took a team that was in the playoffs last year back to the playoffs this year.
    — pretty sure we had a completely different team this year

    But Belichick? That team was already projected to win at least 12 games.
    — don’t know where you got that info we were projected to win 7 or 8 games if lucky and not make it to the playoffs, stay bitter & biased.

  79. rraider says: Feb 2, 2011 9:26 PM

    Even though he has been fired………..Cable going 8-8 with 7 years of failure behind him doesnt get a vote? Shouldnt the Pats go 10-6 minimum with tom Brady every year? if haley get 4.5 you telling me Cable working under Al isnt worth .5?

  80. Matt-NC says: Feb 2, 2011 9:26 PM

    AP is still in love with Brady’s hair.

    No way bella-cheat deserved it more than Mike McCarthy.

  81. tim1999 says: Feb 2, 2011 9:28 PM

    Wow I just read the breakdown of the voting. How is Mike McCarthy not a close second? Then again it is the media voting here. Not exactly the best and the brightest.

  82. itwasagoodrun says: Feb 2, 2011 9:32 PM

    I don’t like Belichick but he deserves the award.

    Any mouth breathers out there who say McCarthy should have it should re-evaluate their brain functionality. Last time I checked Rodgers has the best WR’s in the league, along with the Defensive MVP (we all know he should have won this) and one of the best defenses in the league. Belichick wouldn’t even lose once with this team.

    Belichick has a group of no names and plays in a tougher conference and still went 14-2 while the Packers BARELY snuck into the playoffs at 10-6. I don’t care what anyone says, GB never lost any KEY players. If they lost one of the following: Woodson, T. Williams, Mattews, Rodgers or Jennings for any period of time, they wouldn’t have made the playoffs.

    Belichick > McCarthy
    Belichick > Any coach currently in the league

  83. da11ascowboys says: Feb 2, 2011 9:35 PM

    Mike McCarthy got robbed… end of story.

  84. steelchampions says: Feb 2, 2011 9:51 PM

    Give me break!!! Belichick didn’t have to start the first 4 games of the season without his prize quarterback or deal with as many injuries to the o-line. Mike Tomlin did that And coached his team to the Super Bowl. Even though the Steelers lost head to head with the Pats, Tomlin was still more deserving.

  85. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 2, 2011 9:53 PM

    You McCarthy backers have a good point with the injury thing…..

    But for crying out loud, the Packers were projected as Super Bowl contenders and BARELY made the playoffs as a wild card.

    So give it a rest.

  86. tiffpats4eva says: Feb 2, 2011 9:57 PM

    Yessssss!

    Belichick yo’self.

  87. godellgetalife says: Feb 2, 2011 9:58 PM

    and his award is a brand new hi def mini cam for thse hard to see signals

  88. tiffpats4eva says: Feb 2, 2011 9:59 PM

    nupicasso,

    Umm, the Packers won because of their defense.

    You must not watch enough Packer games?

  89. tiffpats4eva says: Feb 2, 2011 10:03 PM

    Matt-NC says:
    Feb 2, 2011 9:26 PM
    AP is still in love with Brady’s hair.

    No way bella-cheat deserved it more than Mike McCarthy.
    ************

    Fair weather Packer fans have no idea what they are talking about.

    Go speak to an actual Packer fan and he will tell you what he thinks of McCarthy.

  90. majorskypilot says: Feb 2, 2011 10:10 PM

    To all you homers screaming REGULAR SEASON, yeah, we get it. Here’s the point (try to read carefully)

    At the end of the REGULAR SEASON, McCarthy’s injury decimated, patched together team made the playoffs. They lost Pro-Bowlers Finley, Grant, Harris, and Barnett, along with 11 others to IR. Not just a few games (like Rodgers). 15 guys out for the season (Grant in the first game of the season). They are playing guys they signed off the street in October and are down to third sting at several positions.

    It’s one thing to take guys all the ways through the off-season training programs and camps, preseason, etc. and get them playing like a team. To patch together a team throughout the REGULAR SEASON and make the playoffs at the end of the REGULAR SEASON is coaching.

    To the guys that want to give all the credit to Dom Capers, Dom would probably want to ask you just what you think he had to do with the offense (which lost its starting running back, all-world tight end, starting right tackle, and backup tight end.

  91. richm2256 says: Feb 2, 2011 10:15 PM

    igottz5onit says:
    Feb 2, 2011 8:25 PM
    Hey whether you think he is a disgusting human being or not (which i do), he always puts together a competitive team. Kudos.
    ————————————————
    It’s cool; he thinks YOU’RE a doosh too.

  92. delaney37 says: Feb 2, 2011 10:20 PM

    Haley got to the playoffs Morris did not. Bill is a cheat and should not win this or any other award for that matter. Haley went from 4-12 to 10-6 and made the playoffs thats your coach of the year!!

  93. jc1958coo says: Feb 2, 2011 10:31 PM

    can never stop the cameras! but if you alter them you win an award! sports writers are a joke!!

  94. j0esixpack says: Feb 2, 2011 10:49 PM

    Love the haters smack talk here –

    But what can’t be denied is that the AP voters recognized that Belichick took an injury depleted team in the midst of a major re-building season and somehow eeked out an NFL best 14-2 season record with them.

    That’s the definition of good coaching gentlemen. You’d be wise to pay closer attention.

  95. thereisnoiinteam says: Feb 2, 2011 11:16 PM

    Actual Packer fan here. Mike McCarthy is a very good head coach. He has made some errors (clock management, challenge flags, play calls) at times, but so does every coach (including Bill Belichick…clock management against the Jets for example). It’s easy to backseat drive from your couch.

    All of the coaches were worthy of consideration (Tomlin and McCarthy as well), but to downplay Mike McCarthy’s coaching is incorrect. He has done a very good job as coach (and offensive coordinator too by the way) and will get his due in the next five years after the Packers win multiple Super Bowls.

  96. thereisnoiinteam says: Feb 2, 2011 11:27 PM

    itwasagoodrun says:

    Any mouth breathers out there who say McCarthy should have it should re-evaluate their brain functionality. Last time I checked Rodgers has the best WR’s in the league, along with the Defensive MVP (we all know he should have won this) and one of the best defenses in the league. Belichick wouldn’t even lose once with this team.

    Belichick has a group of no names and plays in a tougher conference and still went 14-2 while the Packers BARELY snuck into the playoffs at 10-6. I don’t care what anyone says, GB never lost any KEY players. If they lost one of the following: Woodson, T. Williams, Mattews, Rodgers or Jennings for any period of time, they wouldn’t have made the playoffs.

    _________________
    Come on man, don’t be ridiculous. Here is who the Packers lost: Starting Middle LB Nick Barnett (calls the plays), starting OLB Brad Jones, budding superstar TE Jermichael Finley, starting RT Mark Tauscher, starting RB Ryan Grant on IR from week 1, starting S Atari Bigby, starting DT Cullen Jenkins missed 4 games, DT BJ Raji missed 2 games, replacement S Morgan Burnett on IR, and don’t forget QB Aaron Rodgers for over 1.5 games and LB Clay Matthews for 1 game and he didn’t practice due to a leg injury for almost 2 months.

    180 games lost to injury. This doesn’t even include starting starting DT Johnny Jolly or CB Al Harris who didn’t play a down all year.

    He had one of the worst Special Teams until the end of the year as well. He and his staff did a remarkable job putting together all of the rejected players and practice squad guys Ted Thompson picked up.

  97. philyeagles5 says: Feb 2, 2011 11:42 PM

    14-2 record during a rebuilding year speaks for itself.

    rebuilding year? give me a break. you dont ‘rebuild’ when you have Tom Brady.

  98. Richard Dickson says: Feb 2, 2011 11:50 PM

    “Haley went from 4-12 to 10-6 and made the playoffs thats your coach of the year!!”

    But weren’t the Chiefs sort of a chic sleeper pick this year? I remember some folks at SI calling for them to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, people were saying it would take the Bucs three years to win ten games total, and they did it in one season starting more rookies than any other team to win ten games.

  99. 1historian says: Feb 3, 2011 12:28 AM

    Rhode Island fan – good post. In the last 2 years the defense has been almost entirely rebuilt. Seymour, Vrabel, Harrison, Bruschi – those defensive staples are all gone. We have to trust that the new guys can get it done but it’s gonna take some time. next year we’ll be better. I can’t wait to see what he does with all the choices we’ve got in the draft this year.

  100. 1historian says: Feb 3, 2011 12:32 AM

    not to mention that there were 22 1st and 2nd round players on this year’s 53 man squad.

    way to go coach – you earned it

  101. 1historian says: Feb 3, 2011 12:33 AM

    whoops – substitute 1st and 2nd YEAR players for 1st & 2nd round.

    Sorry

  102. bartpkelly says: Feb 3, 2011 12:36 AM

    Trading Moss wasn’t some great coaching move in disguise, or trading his ‘best receiver’ as we saw Moss was caput in Minn and Tenn. Had Moss done extremely well at either, then we could use that as arguemenmt that he coached great after losing his best receiver. In reality he coached his wrs better after dumping baggage.

  103. blitzburg10 says: Feb 3, 2011 1:51 AM

    I am a Steeler fanatic…no doubt,and of course,i have no love for the Patriots…But I am also a fan of the NFL…and recognize Bill Belicheck as the league’s best coach….You can make an argument every year that he is the coach of the year…he is that good!! Please,spare me that spygate garbage..if you dont think this guy is a great coach,you should really follow another sport..

    Having said that….the fact that Mike Tomlin did not get one vote is an absolute embarresment to the overall voting results of this award….If there is an heir-apparent to Belicheck as the leagues best coach,its Tomlin…..This guy isnt 40 years old,he has one Lombardi,may have another in 4 days,has one 3 division titles,and 2 AFC championships in 4 years….JUST THINK ABOUT THAT!!

    This year may have been his best coaching job yet….He lost his franchise QB for the first month of the season,then lost his second and third string qbs also!!!!! Also.lost the NFL defensive player of the year for 5 games,lost both starting tackles on the O.L early in the year ….lost his punter for half of the season,had to cut his placekicker,and sign a new one,and lost his best defensive end for the majority of the season back in November…..and HE DOESNT GET 1 VOTE!!!

    The same can be said for Mike McCarthy in Green Bay,I mean 7 starters,and 16 guys on IR?
    The only difference between Mike McCarthy and Tomlin is that the Packers did not lose Aaron Rodgers for a month….Had they,they would not have even sniffed the playoffs…

    This is a travesty,,,Belicheck is a deserving winner,he did a great job in what many would consider a team that was rebuilding…..but what Mike Tomlin did, and to a lesser degree,what Mike McCarthy accomplished this year ,to virtually be totally ignored,,,is a COMPLETE JOKE…Its only justice being served that these 2 coaches are playing for it all this Sunday…They get the last the laugh..and come late Sunday night,one of them will really be laughing and smiling for the next 7 months….

  104. cup1981 says: Feb 3, 2011 2:22 AM

    I think PFT made an error, the headline should read “Belichick wins 2010 AP Cheat of the Year”

    The AP just announced it.

    In all seriousness, this again shows that the AP needs to revamp their list of voters. If it’s a big name then the sheep just check it off. The AP Coach of the year should be the coach that did the most with the least, much like MVP.

    IMHO there were at least three coaches more deserving…

    Raheem Morris (Turning a 3-13 team to a near playoff team)
    Todd Haley (Turning Matt Cassel into a legit QB and creating a feared running attack)
    Mike Tomlin (3-1 with your 4th string QB, come on…)

  105. steellady says: Feb 3, 2011 8:21 AM

    pattunya says: Feb 2, 2011 8:04 PM

    Look Patriot haters! No cameras! wah-wah-wah.

    What exactly have they won without the cameras again????

    Steelers are in the Superbowl so this award means nothing …just making a point we all have injury issues. Our O line has been a patchwork all season long n has taken its largest blow recently with the loss of Pouncey… EVERYONE has issues.

    I am just puzzled as to what Belicheat did that earned him the award? I felt Haley should of gotten it.

  106. gpete1962 says: Feb 3, 2011 8:28 AM

    nupicasso says: Feb 2, 2011 8:01 PM

    Mike McCarthy leads the Packers to the Superbowl with major players out, back-ups playing, and somehow Belichick wins coach of the year?! Ridiculous!

    These people who vote are who we thought they were…. Retards

    Its’ the regular season that counts for this award and the fact that they went 14-2 with the most rookie starters ever to have the best record !! Fat Mac will never reach his BB’s status

  107. ottomanismydog says: Feb 3, 2011 8:39 AM

    The two coaches STILL coaching are better canidates – pats haven’t won anything since they took the cameras off the sidelines.

  108. hodag54501 says: Feb 3, 2011 8:43 AM

    Odd, but one of the teams in the Super Bowl has more than a dozen players, including 8 players who are either starters or contributors on injured reserve.
    They fought through a massive amount of injuries to win their way into the Super Bowl, and the coach kept the team together through it all, including winning three road games in the playoffs.
    Congrats to the New England coach, but I’ll settle for the Super Bowl win, and I suspect that’s what BB would want too.

  109. gpete1962 says: Feb 3, 2011 8:43 AM

    lilbendbag says: Feb 2, 2011 8:01 PM

    I Respect the hell out of belichek but….how many titles without the assistance of a camcorder

    _____________________________________

    You guy’s really got let that go. BB did what every other team did and has been doing.

    has any seen Ex coach Mangidiot lately. looks like the once fat “RAT” went on a cheese diet

  110. cmiller34 says: Feb 3, 2011 8:59 AM

    What a joke…McCarthy had a team full of 2nd and 3rd stringers and he brought them to the Superbowl. Everyone is over the Patriots except themselves and the media apparently. GO PACK!!

  111. gpete1962 says: Feb 3, 2011 9:01 AM

    steelchampions says: Feb 2, 2011 9:51 PM

    Give me break!!! Belichick didn’t have to start the first 4 games of the season without his prize quarterback or deal with as many injuries to the o-line. Mike Tomlin did that And coached his team to the Super Bowl. Even though the Steelers lost head to head with the Pats, Tomlin was still more deserving

    _____________________________________
    That’s a great point and I think Tomlin is 1 of the top three couches in the league and you could come very close to a tie. but you have to give the edge to the best record. Plus the fact the Pats had a slightly tougher schedule.

  112. shallowfan says: Feb 3, 2011 9:17 AM

    Here are some facts…

    Buccaneers started 11+ rookies and had a winning record…never been done before in the NFL…With a QB that had only started 6-8 games before 2010 started.

    Buccaneers had best turnaround in franchise history…close to NFL history.

    First time in a long time (or ever I can’t remember) that two rookies led receiving and rushing on same team…Blount only started just over half the season and finished with over 1000 yds.

    I could go on, but the facts speak…It takes some good coaching to get what Raheem got out of this team (the youngest in the NFL) and a bunch of rookies to perform like this…great leadership in getting them to buy into what you are doing.

    Coaches like Raheem and a few others I could mention, who have turned around teams around and made something when everyone thought there was nothing are more deserving of this award than Belichick…who everyone knows is going to win some games with Tom Brady. Nobody counted out the Pats when the season started, but they did count out the Bucs, St Louis, Kansas City, etc…and these coaches took their teams where nobody thought they could go this season…THESE ARE THE COACHES THAT SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE MOST VOTES.

    I’m not discounting what Belichick did, but there are other coaches that did more with less this season and that should mark the true meaning of this award.

  113. jc1958coo says: Feb 3, 2011 9:22 AM

    i heard he also got camera man of the year award!!

  114. JimmySmith says: Feb 3, 2011 9:26 AM

    These awards are like Beauty Contests, the subjectivity of who wins is tough to figure out at times.

    At least Rex Ryan can take solace in the fact that he outcoached the “Coach of the Year” in the playoffs and sent him home with the tag, one and done as well as going 2-1 over the season.

    So congrats are in order……to Rex Ryan and the NY Jets.

  115. mjdkid100 says: Feb 3, 2011 9:38 AM

    It never ceases to amaze me how retarded most of the people on this site are?

    You get up on a high horse screaming that the Patriots lost in the playoffs, when the vote took place before the playoffs started. If you want to argue it should take place after the playoffs then argue that. Dont spout off about something that is completely irrelevant, it makes you look like a complete moron who cant read.

    The Patriots lost multiple important starts including 2 on defense. A lot of you would like to make jokes about a kicker, but it severely affected the field position game especially in the playoffs. Hey steeler fans, the Pats lost a starting tackle too. The Pats had 22 undrafted players, and multiple 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year players in key positions and they were coached to go 14-2.

    I love seeing all the posts that the Pats were favored and “supposed” to go 12-4. You’re all a bunch of liars. All anyone did on this site was talk about how the run is over and this team was going back to mediocrity especially after the Moss trade. Grow up and look at things objectively you idiots.

  116. mjdkid100 says: Feb 3, 2011 9:42 AM

    lilbendbag says: Feb 2, 2011 8:01 PM

    I Respect the hell out of belichek but….how many titles without the assistance of a camcorder

    How can people on this site who claim to know about football still use this as an arguement. They were taping DEFENSIVE SIGNALS that everyone could see. OUT IN THE OPEN. Yes they shouldnt have done it because Godell sent the memo. Why did Godell send a memo to the entire league? Because just the Patriots were doing it? Are you all that naive?

    By taping, its basically asking a coach to do his JOB and mix up signals, coach your team better. Sorry if youre dumb enough to let your signals be decoded. Just like trying to steal signs in baseball.

  117. n2thaizzo says: Feb 3, 2011 9:55 AM

    Some of you commenters are so dumb… no explaination needed…

  118. bceltics1010 says: Feb 3, 2011 9:56 AM

    Some people need to get off their high horse and recognize great talent when they see it instead of trying to pick apart the best out there. What’s in the past is in the past, and realize that Brady is a great QB and BB is an amazing coach! Yeah we didn’t make it to the super bowl and it sucks, but winning these awards only means one thing, that next year it is on! Our team will be bigger and better, as we are every year. I’m happy we got rid of Moss, bc of his poor whinny attitude, and that’s not what our team is about. And for all of you that are obsessing over the whole spy-gate scenario, get over it all ready. BB got caught, but you know that there were/are other coaches out there doing that and haven’t gotten caught, and besides, that was many years ago for us and we have obviously gotten over that. AND SERIOUSLY, KEEP HATING ON THE FACT THAT THE PATS HAVE THE BEST COACH AND QB IN THE LEAGUE AND FIND ANYTHING YOU CAN TO MAKE FUN OF THEM AND CUT THEM DOWN, US PATS FANS LOVE THAT YOU HUMOR US WITH YOUR STUPIDITY :D

  119. scaryjoe says: Feb 3, 2011 10:10 AM

    sorry people, how does a coach who is not in the Superbowl win coach of the year? I think either both McCarty or Tomlin. look at what they both had to deal with. major injuries and they made it to the big dance.

  120. newreality1 says: Feb 3, 2011 10:32 AM

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Great coach yes- Coach of the year NO. Greenbays coach should have taken that title. 15 starters out, 6 game road win. Something is certainly flawed with this choice system. He sure didnt look like coach of the year against the jets and brady certainly didnt look all pro in that game. McCarthy got robbed. I know you guys got buried with snow in Newengland. Get the hot toddy readry lite a fire and enjoy the superbowl. You will see some great coaching sunday. I hope belechick is watching the game with his trophy and brady is getting some pointers

  121. steviethewiz says: Feb 3, 2011 10:46 AM

    Ha……………ONE AND DONE…..For Little Bill……AGAIN…………I guess no cheating has really cut back on the post season wins……….HA!!!!
    A cheater in life and on the football field yet the morons in BAWSTON think he’s a WICKED PISSAA……………what a joke.

  122. flash1283 says: Feb 3, 2011 11:20 AM

    steviethewiz says:
    Feb 3, 2011 10:46 AM
    Ha……………ONE AND DONE…..For Little Bill……AGAIN…………I guess no cheating has really cut back on the post season wins……….HA!!!!
    A cheater in life and on the football field yet the morons in BAWSTON think he’s a WICKED PISSAA……………what a joke.
    ———

    The only joke is this post.
    What a moron!!!!

    So they must have been “cheating” all season, that’s why they went 14-2.
    Then the post season starts and the decide to stop “cheating”
    That’s why they lost.

    Hate on hater, hate on…….

  123. itwasagoodrun says: Feb 3, 2011 11:27 AM

    thereisnoiinteam:
    Come on man, don’t be ridiculous. Here is who the Packers lost: Starting Middle LB Nick Barnett (calls the plays), starting OLB Brad Jones, budding superstar TE Jermichael Finley, starting RT Mark Tauscher, starting RB Ryan Grant on IR from week 1, starting S Atari Bigby, starting DT Cullen Jenkins missed 4 games, DT BJ Raji missed 2 games, replacement S Morgan Burnett on IR, and don’t forget QB Aaron Rodgers for over 1.5 games and LB Clay Matthews for 1 game and he didn’t practice due to a leg injury for almost 2 months.

    180 games lost to injury. This doesn’t even include starting starting DT Johnny Jolly or CB Al Harris who didn’t play a down all year.

    He had one of the worst Special Teams until the end of the year as well. He and his staff did a remarkable job putting together all of the rejected players and practice squad guys Ted Thompson picked up.
    ———————————————————–
    Only key player they lost for a significant amount of time during the season was Finley. Grant is overrated, losing Tauscher was a blessing. Nick Barnett is not a key player.

    You lost your KEY players Clay Matthews for one game and AROD for 1.5 games AND FUNNY, YOU LOST ALL OF THOSE GAMES. THAT’s IT. Everyone else is irreplaceable, period.

    You may like to hang onto this injury stuff because it’s a cute story, but it’s simply a falsehood.

    I repeat if if they lost one of the following: Woodson, T. Williams, Mattews, Rodgers or Jennings for any period of time, they wouldn’t have made the playoffs.

    Done.

  124. Stupid Bowls are played in Dallas, NY, Detroit, etc. says: Feb 3, 2011 12:34 PM

    Morris is Tampa Bay was the real coach of the year – hands down – with what he had to work with, etc.

  125. footballrulz says: Feb 3, 2011 12:51 PM

    Hey Bill is an amazing coach. Consistently turns out competitive teams and this year may have been one of his masterpieces. But for Mike McCarthey to get completely “dissed” is insane. Oh well. Guess that’s why they don’t ask me to vote.

  126. commoncents says: Feb 3, 2011 1:07 PM

    There’s not a team or a fanbase in the NFL that wouldn’t kill for Bill Belichick!

    Great job Bill Belichick, well deserved!!

  127. maddog111 says: Feb 3, 2011 3:19 PM

    bceltics1010 says:
    Feb 3, 2011 9:56 AM
    Some people need to get off their high horse and recognize great talent when they see it instead of trying to pick apart the best out there. What’s in the past is in the past, and realize that Brady is a great QB and BB is an amazing coach! Yeah we didn’t make it to the super bowl and it sucks, but winning these awards only means one thing, that next year it is on! Our team will be bigger and better, as we are every year
    ———————————————–
    So you’re bigger and better every year, but you haven’t won a title since the 2004 season? There must be some really big teams out there then.

  128. gpete1962 says: Feb 3, 2011 3:29 PM

    Any giant fan would give you Tom cough-up, his fat pig son-ilaw Cris sneeze, Eli (forest gump) manning, Kevin killbride, BBBBrandonnnnn jjjjjjacccobbbs and 2 first round picks for BB.

    He should have never left the G Men in the first place.Thanks to that Fat egotistical Tuna fish we wound up with “ray hand job”and not BB. Parcells wanted to make sure BB didn’t get the job

  129. CKL says: Feb 3, 2011 6:24 PM

    To the people lauding Haley for COTY saying HE made Cassel great and yet whining about the Pats being cheaters…I am quickly losing hope for humanity with powers of “reason” like that.

    I hope you aren’t Chiefs fans or you would realize Haley didn’t win crap until he got the Pats “CHEATINGOMGZSPYGATE” aided coordinators. And Cassel was first developed by yet another “CHEATINGOMGZSPYGATE” era coordinator also.
    BB must have some hellafied cameras!
    Coaching wise, losing Charlie and Romeo at the same time was more to blame for the Pats slide starting in 05 the year they left, than losing cameras which even former Jets employee Goodell refused to admit gave the Pats any competitive advantage.

    McCarthy does have a case for the regular season award for sure.Most teams that lose that many players to IR have a losing record.

  130. CKL says: Feb 3, 2011 6:38 PM

    To the people lauding Haley for COTY saying HE made Cassel great and yet whining about the Pats being cheaters…I am quickly losing hope for humanity with powers of “reason” like that.

    I hope you aren’t Chiefs fans or you would realize Haley didn’t win crap until he got the Pats “CHEATINGOMGZSPYGATE” aided coordinators. And Cassel was first developed by yet another “CHEATINGOMGZSPYGATE” era coordinator also.
    BB must have some hellafied cameras!
    Coaching wise, losing Charlie and Romeo at the same time was more to blame for the Pats slide starting in 05 the year they left, than losing cameras which even former Jets employee Goodell refused to admit gave the Pats any competitive advantage.

    McCarthy does have a case for the regular season award for sure. Most teams that lose that many players to IR have a losing record.

  131. thereisnoiinteam says: Feb 4, 2011 7:14 AM

    I love when people say someone makes blanket statements with no corroborating facts to support them as if it is a given because they said it.

    itwasagoodrun says:
    Feb 3, 2011 11:27 AM
    <<>>

    Who is Grant overrated by? Surely not the Pro Bowl voters. Compare his 2009 season to Adrian Peterson and tell me who is the overrated one?

    2009 Statistics for Ryan Grant
    1253 yds rushing
    4.4 yds/carry
    11 TD’s
    1 fumbles

    2009 Statistics for Adrian Peterson
    1383 yds rushing
    4.4 yds/carry
    18 TD’s
    6 fumbles

    You try putting in a rookie at RT for a veteran who saved your 2009 season (Tauscher) and take the LB who makes your defensive calls (Barnett) out of your lineup and see if it doesn’t have an effect.

    <<>>

    Nice job contradicting yourself, since they did lose Matthews (1 game missed) and Rodgers (1.5 games) for a period of time and still made the playoffs. Matthews actually was unable to practice for over a month while battling his injury to boot.

    Lastly, I don’t care who you lose, losing that many “replaceable” players becomes a challenge no matter how good they are.

  132. seanmmartin says: Feb 4, 2011 9:48 AM

    If by “one and done” you mean…

    ~ 3-time AP NFL Coach of the Year
    ~ NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    ~ 5-time Super Bowl champion

    …then yea, Belichick is definitely a one stellar career and done.

  133. chubrock50 says: Feb 4, 2011 11:51 AM

    Who is Grant overrated by? Surely not the Pro Bowl voters. Compare his 2009 season to Adrian Peterson and tell me who is the overrated one?

    2009 Statistics for Ryan Grant
    1253 yds rushing
    4.4 yds/carry
    11 TD’s
    1 fumbles

    2009 Statistics for Adrian Peterson
    1383 yds rushing
    4.4 yds/carry
    18 TD’s
    6 fumbles

    ———————————————–

    Are you really trying to compare one year of Ryan Grant’s to Adrian Peterson and calling Adrian Peterson overrated.

    Let’s see in 4 years Adrian Peterson
    5,782 yds 4.8 ypc
    52 Tds

    in 5 years
    Ryan Grant
    3,457 yds 4.4 ypc
    23 tds

    Also for all the Steeler fans complaining about Tomlin losing his starting QB for the first 4 games. You can thank the defensive mastermind Dick Lebeau for that one. It had nothing to do with Tomlin. 21 yards passing and you get a W in one of those games. Without that defense and Lebeau you lose the first four games and many others along the way. The guy is a genious.

  134. bcgreg says: Feb 4, 2011 12:40 PM

    People, you must understand these awards! These are REGULAR SEASON AWARDS. The playoffs have NOTHING to do with the voting. The voting is done BEFORE the playoffs start. So, STOP bringing up a team’s playoff performance. It doesn’t matter with regards to these awards!

    Arguments can certainly be made for other coaches. However, stop using playoff success as justification for your guy. To those Steeler fans who say the Steelers were picked to finish 3rd in their division. The Pats were picked to finish 2nd or 3rd as well. Not many had the Pats winning 12 games before the season. Instead, they finish with the best record in the league. They had season ending injuries to key players–mostly on defense (Bodden, Warren, Wright, Pryor, Brace, Wilhite). The defense started many rookies (McCourty, Deadrick, Love, Arrington, Spikes). They plug in a Division 2 castaway (Woodhead) for another injured stalwart (Faulk). They trade Moss and acquire Branch, thereby changing the offensive philosophy midstream. It was a BRILLIANT coaching job by Belichick.

    Tomlin and McCarthy may be in the discussion, but Tomlin got the 2 seed and got trounced by Belichick in the REGULAR SEASON. McCarthy got the 6th seed in the supposedly weaker NFC–SIXTH–for a team that many considered a favorite before the season. Oh, and Belichick beat them too.

    The one thing I’ll agree with you on is that Tomlin should have at least gotten a vote. AND, I’m sure Belichick would trade the award for playing in Sunday’s game.

    In making your arguments, just remember it’s a regular season award, folks. That’s all.

  135. bcgreg says: Feb 4, 2011 12:56 PM

    Also, as far as Pats injuries/missed games, Logan Mankins (starter) missed 7 games. Stephen Neal missed most of the season. Nick Kaczur, although Vollmer was better, was slated to be the starter at Guard for Mankins. He went on IR. That’s both starting guards and one backup, who was going to start, out for most of the year. That’s 40% of the OL.

    Also, Fred Taylor missed most of the year. Granted no one really thought he’d do much, but he was the starting RB to open the season. Instead, the running attack was provided by TWO undrafted players (Green-Ellis and Woodhead–a player picked up during the season).

    The Pats also started 2 rookie TEs, a converted QB at WR, had a starting WR coming back from major knee surgery who was clearly not at 100%.

  136. masteel says: Feb 4, 2011 2:35 PM

    @bcgreg …good post – very relevant points

    Now being a Steelers fan, trapped in New England I must ask ….

    Coach Belichick, where are you going to watch the Super Bowl – and did you enjoy Hawaii ??

    AP Offensive Player of the Year – Tom Brady, where will you watch the Super Bowl?

    Just wondering since neither of you nor your awards were able to make the trip to Dallas …

  137. packa7x says: Feb 5, 2011 11:47 AM

    Haha you guys are so freaking quick to just ignore anything about McCarthyand crown BB.

    -15 guys on IR including Barnett (one of the better MLBs), Grant (teams top RB), Tauscher, Mike Neal (promising rookie who would have kept a fresh rotation on the DL), Brad Jones, Brady Poppinga…both force the packers to lose depth on ST, Brandon Chillar (best cover LB on the team), Morgan Burnett (who was the teams starting S and was playing very well)

    -on top of that, the Packers had Al Harris, Atari Bigby and James Starks on the PUP list to start the year…all3 missed at least 6 games. Al Harris couldn’t get healthy and the Pack let him go.

    -DT Johnny Jolly also suspended for the year, if anyone he is like “oh noooo poor packers who’s Johnny Jolly” he’s probably our 2nd best DL behind Raji…guy had a tremendous number of batted balls at the line last year

    -Everyone goes WAHHHH OF COURSE YOU GUYS CAN WIN WITH RODGERS AND THOSE WRS!!! But what about the running game?? Teams played the Pack as a pass first team, Rodgers still beat them.

    -here’s the biggest one…in the REGULAR SEASON, BACKUP qb Matt Flynn ALMOST BEAT THE PATRIOTS. He TORCHED you D. Woodson dropped a would-have-been INT that would have ended Bradys streak. Had it not been for Flynns inexperience, the GREATEST COACH EVER TO LIVE would have been 13-3, not 14-2 off the hands of Rex Ryan and Eric Mangini (2 of his former coaches) and Matt freaking Flynn a former 7th round pick backup.

    -most impressive of all…the Packers NEVER trailed by more than 7 at any point in any game and finished the season with all 6 losses coming by a total of 20 points. The Packers were IN every game despite serious injuries.

    Now you can make a case for a lot of guys(personally, I think Raheem Morris should have been COTY) but for McCarthy to not get ONE. VOTE. That’s a crime.

  138. 420fan says: Feb 5, 2011 12:35 PM

    Matt Walsh is pissed he isn’t getting the assist here.

  139. materialman80 says: Feb 5, 2011 4:35 PM

    They should not give any award to cheaters. Belichick is a cheater.

  140. joyjoy69 says: Feb 5, 2011 5:06 PM

    So many of the comments about the Patriot’s being expected to make the playoffs and win the SB are a testament to the team. For all of you who just assume every year that the Pats will make the playoffs and probably the SB, thanks! You obviously didn’t pay attention to the preseason hype, or actually watch any of the off season and preseason developments. Every major media outlet picked this to be the year the Patriots crashed and burned. EXPN projected the Jets to win the divison and the Dolphins to challenge them for it. I saw projections of 7-8 to 10-6 (but behind a 12-4 Jets). Why? Because the Jets were the powerhouse with all the big name acquisitions and riding the previous season momentum. Because the Patriots were starting the season with a recovering Wes Welker, a declining Randy Moss, a miserable Lawrence Maroney, a distracted Tom Brady, a hold-out pro-bowl guard, questions about who would play either Tackle position, two rookies and a has-been at TE, no pass rush and the youngest defense in the history of Belichick coaching. In short, this was a rebuilding year. If you expected the team to make the playoffs, you weren’t paying attention.

    BB took that and molded into a powerful team that faced one of the tougher schedules in the league, lost several pro-bowl players, jettisoned several veterans and quietly turned into the best team in the league. Did they do well in the playoffs? Of course not (all the problems that led to predictions of 7-9 were more glaring). But, for this award that doesn’t matter: it’s only for the regular season.

    Morris did an amazing job exceeding expectations and deserves some credit for it. Frankly, Tomlin accomplished a similar feat with similar difficulties – although not as dramatic as most Steeler’s fans would claim. McCarthy frankly did the best job of any of these guys, although he started with the most talent. So many of those losses were by so little that the team could easily have been undefeated. That said, they were losses, and in close games like that, it’s the coaching that makes the difference. All three coaches did amazing work this year could easily have been the COTY.

    The problem is that each voter gets one vote for who they think is the best. That means that each vote was for the coach the voter thought was best. Many probably struggled to decide with so many options. The fact that none of them put McCarthy at the top doesn’t mean no respect. For all we know, all 50 voters struggled between him and the guy they eventually voted for, thinking he was 2nd best by a hair. I can hardly blame most of the votes. I am surprised that anyone thought Andy Reed was the best. I’d put him below BB, McCarthy, Tomlin, Morris, Haley, Mike Smith, Lovie Smith, and Steve Spagnuolo (probably in that order). The only way I’d have considered Reed is if he could have picked one QB and stuck with him. He really doesn’t deserve any credit for what Vick did this year.

  141. bcgreg says: Feb 5, 2011 6:52 PM

    @ masteel

    I hear you, man, but considering the weather in Dallas right now, Hawaii’s lookin pretty good!

    And Brady’s prolly in Brazil with his hot wife. I’m sure he’s doin fine considering.

    Enjoy the game. I’m not rooting for the Steelers, but don’t care really if they win. I am NOT a vindictive Pats fan. Have fun.

    @ packa7x

    I went through NEs injury situation earlier, so cry me a river. Matt Flynn did torch the NE defense, but so did just about everyone else. That’s why the Pats D was ranked 30th against the pass (25th overall). Yet, they were STILL 14-2 and beat your Packers. Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. I hope you’re not counting on “almost” winning on Sunday.

  142. bcgreg says: Feb 5, 2011 6:53 PM

    @ masteel

    Actually, the O-line award was presented to Koppen, Connolly and LeVoir down in Dallas. That award made it there. Does that count?

  143. thereisnoiinteam says: Feb 5, 2011 8:09 PM

    chubrock50 says:
    Feb 4, 2011 11:51 AM

    <<<>>>>

    No, I would argue that Peterson is the best or perhaps 2nd best RB in football. My point was that if losing a RB with Grant’s 2009 stats is no big deal, then would you say the same thing about losing AP? Of course not, yet their stats were very similar in 2009. So don’t say losing a back who has gained 1200 yards in 2 consecutive yrs is no big deal. 1200 yds rushing on a team with the passing game of the Packers is a big deal and a big loss.

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