Bill Belichick has “a lot of pride” in 17 straight winning seasons

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The Patriots’ 35-17 over the Dolphins last Sunday pushed them closer to another AFC East title by moving them to 9-2 on the year.

Those nine wins guarantee the Patriots a winning season in 2017 and a winning season for the 17th year in a row. That’s something no franchise has done since the merger with the AFC and the coach who has been on the sideline for all of those wins said on Monday that he takes pride in the accomplishment even if his thoughts remain focused on moving to 10-2 against the Bills.

“That’s what we’re here for is to win games,” Bill Belichick said on a conference call. “Yeah, we take a lot of pride in it. But, that being said, there’s probably another time to talk about that and reflect back on it and so forth. You know, none of those other — however many seasons it was or however many games it was — really makes any difference this week. I mean, nobody cares about that. This is just strictly a matchup between the Patriots and the Bills in 2017, and how these two teams compete against each other is really what it’s all about. So, I don’t think living in the past is going to help us, and I don’t think living in the future is going to help us, either.”

The Cowboys bridged the pre- and post-merger eras with 20 straight winning seasons from 1966-1985. Tom Landry was in Belichick’s spot for all those wins, but he didn’t have the same stability at quarterback that the Patriots enjoy with Tom Brady. Should Belichick continue to enjoy that stability through 2020, there probably won’t be anyone betting against New England matching Dallas’ run.

55 responses to “Bill Belichick has “a lot of pride” in 17 straight winning seasons

  1. Its basically impossible to have that many winning seasons in today’s NFL without some extra curricular activities – #manygates – going on within that organization.

  2. Many many times I’ve witnessed TB12 give the deathstare to an official in the backfield and they would oblige by throwing an unnecessary flag. Its an unfortunate truth in the NFL.

  3. This Bronco has to respect BB. He gives a great QB a lot of outlets when a play breaks down and knows when a player is more valuable on the trading block than the field.

    It amazes me that so few others (Elway) get it.

  4. While I agree with the article and Belichick does deserve to feel good about what he and the team has accomplished, this article is simply going to fire up the trolls. The fact that its a truth will just make them try harder.

  5. In the meantime, Steeler players are hard at work practicing which TD celebrations they’ll use in the SB.

  6. Tom Landry’s Cowboys had 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1966 to 1985. Belichick needs 3 more winning years to tie that.

  7. The Greatest Coach of all time should be proud. 🙂 It’s a tremendous accomplishment, and will likely be unmatched for a very long time.

    And to think this isn’t supposed to happen in the salary cap era, the era of parity!

  8. I know lots of people who hate the 5 time World Champion Patriots only because they ruined forever their NFL which was all about big name players, big name teams, and big stars. I mean…this is the “Patsies” we are talking about! 🙂 Who do they think they are? Teams like that should know their place and roll over to the big name teams and stars! Or something.

    Tee hee 😀

  9. 1970s: Steelers
    1980s: 9ers
    1990s: Cowboys with a nod to the Broncos
    2000s: Patriots
    2010s: Patriots

    2020s: Patriots?

    🙂

  10. GOAT coach, but again the cloud of bending the rules makes this hard to take without some question, as is the same with Walsh’s 49ers and the headsets.

    Not to add to the fact that it took braindead pete carroll playcalling and a total falcons collapse to win their last 2 rings.

  11. PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:49 am

    However lets be honest here, the Patriots are guaranteed 6 easy wins every year in an awful division.
    Not their fault, just saying….

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    That’s still a thing? 🙂 Take away the Patriots and the AFC East W-L is 14-19
    Take away the Steelers and the AFC North is 11-22
    No AFC West team is better than one game over .500
    Other than the Jaguars, no AFC South team has a positive point differential
    Take away the 10-1 Eagles and the NFC East is 12-21
    Take away the Vikings and like the AFC East, the NFC North is 14-19
    The NFC South is solid this year, I won’t comment on that.
    Take away the Rams, and the NFC West is 13-20.

    So if the AFC East is so weak, what does that say about the rest of the divisions? 🙂

    And of course, the AFC East has had a representative in the conference championship game for 8 straight seasons and 10 of 11, with just 3 one and dones by the division champion during that time. (The AFC North has 6 in that same time frame) You’d think if the division was so weak, AFC East teams in the playoffs would be a quick exit. I guess not!

  12. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    November 28, 2017 at 9:42 am

    1970s: Steelers
    1980s: 9ers
    1990s: Cowboys with a nod to the Broncos
    2000s: Patriots
    2010s: Patriots

    2020s: Patriots?

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    My bad, a nod to the Raiders for the 70’s as well.

  13. Mommy make it stop!

    That’s what the first few comments really mean. How sad is it to make excuses and not admit greatness when you see greatness? I couldn’t imagine being that paranoid and delusional and not seeking professional medical advice. Seriously.

  14. araidersfan says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Tom Landry’s Cowboys had 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1966 to 1985. Belichick needs 3 more winning years to tie that.

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    True… but counting only post merger, the 2001-present Patriots are alone on top of that mark.

    🙂

    🙂

  15. wib22 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 9:47 am

    GOAT coach, but again the cloud of bending the rules makes this hard to take without some question, as is the same with Walsh’s 49ers and the headsets.

    Not to add to the fact that it took braindead pete carroll playcalling and a total falcons collapse to win their last 2 rings.


    Nah, it took Brady doing what the GOAT QB does and Belichick doing what the greatest coach of all time does. Twice. 🙂

  16. .
    This record is more impressive than the Super Bowl wins. With injuries, free agency, travel and 53 separate personalities to contend with every year, it’s nearly impossible to be in the hunt for 17 consecutive seasons.
    .

  17. Its he same 3 or 4 trolls on EVERY Pats article that desperately try and stir the pot. Dislikes are a badge of honor for them. It somehow makes them feel somehow important because they are able to provoke a real fan to react to their drivel Alas, its a sign of the times

  18. Who does BB thank?

    -Tuck Rule
    -Walt Coleman
    -Kodak Cameras
    -Tom Brady
    -Rodney Harrison and his PED distribution company
    -Jim McNally

    So much cheating. No wonder my sister’s bf cheated on her, he’s a Patriots fan.

  19. patfanken says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:43 am
    Its he same 3 or 4 trolls on EVERY Pats article that desperately try and stir the pot. Dislikes are a badge of honor for them. It somehow makes them feel somehow important because they are able to provoke a real fan to react to their drivel Alas, its a sign of the times
    ————–
    And it’s the same 3 or 4 Pats homers gloating about the success of others while trying to pass it off as their own. You’re like an entourage only you don’t reap any benefits, just empty delusional pride.

  20. sb44champs says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:09 am
    Many many times I’ve witnessed TB12 give the deathstare to an official in the backfield and they would oblige by throwing an unnecessary flag. Its an unfortunate truth in the NFL.

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    Statistically it doesn’t play out that way. Brady isn’t more successful then the average QB at getting flags thrown.

  21. Statistically it doesn’t play out that way. Brady isn’t more successful then the average QB at getting flags thrown.
    ===================================
    Sources?

  22. wib22 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 9:47 am
    GOAT coach, but again the cloud of bending the rules makes this hard to take without some question, as is the same with Walsh’s 49ers and the headsets.
    Not to add to the fact that it took braindead pete carroll playcalling and a total falcons collapse to win their last 2 rings.

    ———–

    It took an interception going through the hands of Asante Samuel, a miracle escape from the pocket and a one handed catch against the helmet on a deep ball for the Giants to beat the Patriots. The Patriots still lost.

    Every play in the game contributes to the end result and the Patriots only scored 14 points in that one.

    In 2014 and 2016 The Patriots made more plays and they won. Simple as that.

    In the end the W is all that matters.

  23. It’s not your fault Patriot Hater. 🙂 Don’t be mad. It’s not your fault we are better than you at everything, it’s just the way it is. 🙂 It’s not your fault you are inferior to US, it’s just the natural order of things.

    Only the facts and the truth cupcakes.

    🙂

    #FactsAreFacts
    #TruthIsTruth
    #TruthHurts
    #PatriotHaterCantHandleTheTruth

  24. Bills fanboys like to point to “The Super Bowl Years”, when they lost 4 Super Bowls in a row.

    That’s as good as it ever got for the Bills.

    #noplayoffsthiscentury

  25. An impressive part about the 17 winning seasons is how few were the okay but not great seasons of 09-07 (01) or 10-06 (02)

    2001: 11-05 Super Bowl Win
    2002: 09-07 😦
    2003: 14-02 Super Bowl Win
    2004: 14-02 Super Bowl Win
    2005: 10-06 Divisional Playoffs Loss
    2006: 12-04 AFC Championship Loss
    2007: 16-00 Super Bowl Loss
    2008: 11-05 😦
    2009: 10-06 Wild Card Loss
    2010: 14-02 Divisional Playoffs Loss
    2011: 13-03 Super Bowl Loss
    2012: 12-04 AFC Championship Loss
    2013: 12-04 AFC Championship Loss
    2014: 12-04 Super Bowl Win
    2015: 12-04 AFC Championship Loss
    2016: 14-02 Super Bowl Win
    2017: 09-02 to date

    Regular Season Record: 205-62
    Average Regular Season Record: 12-04

    Playoff Record: 25-09
    Total Win Loss: 230-71

    Super Bowl Appearances: 07
    AFC Championship Appearances: 11
    AFC East Championships: 14 (soon to be 15)
    Playoff Appearances: 14 (soon to be 15)

  26. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    November 28, 2017 at 9:42 am
    1970s: Steelers
    1980s: 9ers
    1990s: Cowboys with a nod to the Broncos
    2000s: Patriots
    2010s: Patriots
    2020s: Patriots?

    —————-

    Don’t forget a nod to the Fins in the 70’s too.

    One amazing thing was that from 1982-1997 the NFC won 15 of 16 Super Bowls and 13 straight.

    That’s why I feel like the 4-0 in Super Bowls for Montana is a bit a of a stupid stat. The competition in the Super Bowl was much worse than in the NFC playoffs in those years and Montana lost plenty of games on the way to the Super Bowl over the years.

  27. bullcharger says:
    November 28, 2017 at 11:41 am

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    November 28, 2017 at 9:42 am
    1970s: Steelers
    1980s: 9ers
    1990s: Cowboys with a nod to the Broncos
    2000s: Patriots
    2010s: Patriots
    2020s: Patriots?

    —————-

    Don’t forget a nod to the Fins in the 70’s too.

    One amazing thing was that from 1982-1997 the NFC won 15 of 16 Super Bowls and 13 straight.

    That’s why I feel like the 4-0 in Super Bowls for Montana is a bit a of a stupid stat. The competition in the Super Bowl was much worse than in the NFC playoffs in those years and Montana lost plenty of games on the way to the Super Bowl over the years.

    —-
    Very true. Steelers, and then Raiders and Dolphins in that decade.

    As for the Montana argument… also very true. It was a down period for the AFC. Compare that to the Patriots – every single team the Pats beat in the Super Bowl was great to all-time great on at least one side of the football. In most cases both. There were no tomato cans at all, not like say… the Bengals or Broncos in the 80s. With no disrespect intended to those teams… that’s what the AFC was back then.

  28. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    November 28, 2017 at 11:09 am

    patfanken says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:43 am
    Its he same 3 or 4 trolls on EVERY Pats article that desperately try and stir the pot. Dislikes are a badge of honor for them. It somehow makes them feel somehow important because they are able to provoke a real fan to react to their drivel Alas, its a sign of the times
    ————–
    And it’s the same 3 or 4 Pats homers gloating about the success of others while trying to pass it off as their own. You’re like an entourage only you don’t reap any benefits, just empty delusional pride.


    Tee hee 🙂 U mad?

    🙂

  29. And the organization has only been heavily penalized twice in that period. In New England’s eyes 17 straight winning seasons is a pretty good return for the unethical Pats.

    In 2007 Belichick was officially fined $500,000 — the largest fine ever imposed on a coach in the league’s then-87-year history,[16] and the maximum permitted under league rules. The Patriots were also fined $250,000, and stripped of their first-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.
    Then the Patriots organization was fined $1 million and lost their first round pick in the 2016 NFL draft and their fourth round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Tom Brady was suspended four games.
    The organization accepted these sanctions, which is an admission of guilt.

  30. araidersfan says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:59 am
    Tom Landry’s Cowboys had 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1966 to 1985. Belichick needs 3 more winning years to tie that.

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    Pre Cap Era = Much Easier

  31. bullcharger says:
    November 28, 2017 at 11:29 am
    wib22 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 9:47 am
    GOAT coach, but again the cloud of bending the rules makes this hard to take without some question, as is the same with Walsh’s 49ers and the headsets.
    Not to add to the fact that it took braindead pete carroll playcalling and a total falcons collapse to win their last 2 rings.

    ———–

    It took an interception going through the hands of Asante Samuel, a miracle escape from the pocket and a one handed catch against the helmet on a deep ball for the Giants to beat the Patriots. The Patriots still lost.

    Every play in the game contributes to the end result and the Patriots only scored 14 points in that one.

    In 2014 and 2016 The Patriots made more plays and they won. Simple as that.

    In the end the W is all that matters.

    10 1 Rate This

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    Not only that, but 3 different Pats D-Linemen were held on that play, and Steve Smith committed an illegal pick on that drive as well.

    Just saying.

    I think it’s funny people claim the Pats get all the calls. I can numerous times since Goodell took over in big games, where refs made calls up, called the game unfairly, made up rules, or looked other way intentionally to help the opponent.

  32. As every pats fan know far too well: “you hate us because you ain’t us”

    And isn’t that the truth LOL!

    A little delusional there Skippy. Most fans have no desire to be fans of perennial cheaters but go ahead we know how little ethics are valued in New England.

    It’s a very impressive run for the Pat’s……except for the stain of PERCEIVED cheating……lol.

  33. The Patriots coming out in the Super Bowl XXXVI against the Rams as a team will go down as one of the greatest moments in NFL history. The contrast between them and The Greatest Show On Turf was real. I will never forget Limbaugh saying what the Patriots did, subordinating individual stardom to team, was unAmerican. Nor will I forget John Madden saying the Patriots should let the clock run out on their last possession and go to OT.

  34. turtlehut says:

    November 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    And the organization has only been heavily penalized twice in that period. In New England’s eyes 17 straight winning seasons is a pretty good return for the unethical Pats

    ==========

    It was an excellent return. The only cost was dealing with other fans bogus arguments that do not correlate to the facts or physics. And despite all the hate and extra attention, they still win. It must be so frustrating for you.

  35. Nofoolnodrool says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    As every pats fan know far too well: “you hate us because you ain’t us”

    And isn’t that the truth LOL!

    A little delusional there Skippy. Most fans have no desire to be fans of perennial cheaters but go ahead we know how little ethics are valued in New England.

    It’s a very impressive run for the Pat’s……except for the stain of PERCEIVED cheating……lol.

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    2010:

    Bill Cowher: “You know, let me just say this: To answer your question, no, I don’t think so (it’s not an advantage for one team over another).
    I just know as a head coach, you are always looking for a competitive edge. We had people out there trying to look at signals. We had guys go to games. They would tape the signal caller and also write it down. They would take it back and match up the signals with the game film and certain defenses with certain plays that were being called, particularly the defenses being called, to see if we could come up with some kind of an alert for a signal. So, what they did with videotaping the signal caller, people do it with the people in the stands!!
    These people sitting there in the stands, looking at the signal, writing it down and matching up the 1st and 10 signal. Ok? Then you go back again and the 2nd and 10 and here’s the signal. You do that for a whole game.
    You then go back and match up the defenses with the signal. And you can come up with what the signal was.
    So, you don;’t need a video tape with what they were talking about doing. And people were doing it. WE were doing that. Everybody does that. You’re TRYING to gain a competitive edge. There is nothing wrong with that.
    That’s why baseball players go through the mirage of signals. They’ve got all these different codes. That’s part of the competitive spirit of the game. I think it’s totally overblown. I think if you get caught (signals compromised), then do what we did and go to wristbands, you are worried about it. We started putting defenses on wristbands. Then you find a way to not get caught (signals compromised). When your good at something and people try steal from ya, I think it’s flattering.”

  36. The organization accepted these sanctions, which is an admission of guilt.


    Tee hee 🙂 Yup… the saying is so true! for Patriot Hater denial really ISN’T just a river in Egypt!

    🙂

  37. So, “The organization accepted these sanctions, which is an admission of guilt”. Really? Reminds me of Sarah Huckabee telling us that winning an election with less votes but more Electoral College votes gets one off the hook from the sexual harrassment/assault charges of 16 different women. In other words, that’s just bs.

  38. I think it’s funny people claim the Pats get all the calls


    Yep. Look at Sunday. If the dirty Dolphins were flagged for half of what they did the Patriots put a 50 burger on them without breaking a sweat.

  39. turtlehut says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    “The organization accepted these sanctions, which is an admission of guilt.”

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    Total Bull.

    In both instances the team had fines / lost draft picks levied by the commissioner. There is no recourse for a team to appeal or contest fines or penalties from the league. If there is no appeal process how could paying those fines be construed as admission of anything. They had no other choice.

  40. Bill Cowher: “You know, let me just say this: To answer your question, no, I don’t think so (it’s not an advantage for one team over another).
    I just know as a head coach, you are always looking for a competitive edge. We had people out there trying to look at signals. We had guys go to games. They would tape the signal caller and also write it down. They would take it back and match up the signals with the game film and certain defenses with certain plays that were being called, particularly the defenses being called, to see if we could come up with some kind of an alert for a signal. So, what they did with videotaping the signal caller, people do it with the people in the stands!!
    These people sitting there in the stands, looking at the signal, writing it down and matching up the 1st and 10 signal. Ok? Then you go back again and the 2nd and 10 and here’s the signal. You do that for a whole game.
    You then go back and match up the defenses with the signal. And you can come up with what the signal was.
    So, you don;’t need a video tape with what they were talking about doing. And people were doing it. WE were doing that. Everybody does that. You’re TRYING to gain a competitive edge. There is nothing wrong with that.
    That’s why baseball players go through the mirage of signals. They’ve got all these different codes. That’s part of the competitive spirit of the game. I think it’s totally overblown. I think if you get caught (signals compromised), then do what we did and go to wristbands, you are worried about it. We started putting defenses on wristbands. Then you find a way to not get caught (signals compromised). When your good at something and people try steal from ya, I think it’s flattering.”

    3 0

    Ya that really erases the stain Tylawspicksix……try again Skippy that’s far too weak even for you.

  41. sb44champs says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Its basically impossible to have that many winning seasons in today’s NFL without some extra curricular activities – #manygates – going on within that organization.
    ———————-

    What’s more improbably is for the Browns to have high draft picks all of the time and still be lousy.

  42. The fact that they have had the same coach and the same quarterback for all of those seasons is a big factor in their success.

    The Browns have had like 18 coaches and 37 quarterbacks over that span.

  43. “Yeah, we take a lot of pride in it. But, that being said, there’s probably another time to talk about that and reflect back on it and so forth”

    Such a liar! Reflecting on it loses games. Winning the super bowl sets you back 5 weeks preparing for the draft.

    There’s never time for reflection when you expect to win.

  44. ibillwt says:
    November 28, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    And he has done it against the toughest schedule in the league due to his consistent success.
    —-

    That’s what cracks me up about the uninformed takes about the Patriots and their supposedly “easy” schedule.

    When was the last time the Patriots played a last place schedule? 🙂

    Also when was the last time the Patriots AFC East rivals didn’t get to also “benefit” from any soft inter divisional matchup that was on the schedule that year? 🙂

  45. Tom Landry, while a great coach, also didn’t have free agency and the salary cap to deal with either. I used to love watching Landry on the sidelines in freezing temps wearing only a suit, tie, dress shoes and his fedora. He was one tough SOB!

  46. bassicdave says:

    November 28, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    “Yeah, we take a lot of pride in it. But, that being said, there’s probably another time to talk about that and reflect back on it and so forth”

    Such a liar! Reflecting on it loses games. Winning the super bowl sets you back 5 weeks preparing for the draft.

    There’s never time for reflection when you expect to win

    No days off!!!

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