Bill Belichick to coach NFL record 37th postseason game

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When Patriots coach Bill Belichick takes his spot on the sideline on Saturday night against the Titans, he will have done something no head coach has ever done before: Coach his team in 37 postseason games.

Saturday’s game is Belichick’s 37th in the postseason, breaking a record he currently shares with two other coaches, Tom Landry and Don Shula.

Belichick is 26-10 in postseason games, giving him the most wins in NFL history by six over Landry. Belichick went 1-1 with the Browns in the playoffs and is now 25-9 with the Patriots. So every postseason game Belichick coaches and wins from here on out is adding to his own records.

Belichick is also the only coach in NFL history to win postseason games in six consecutive years, and he can increase that streak to seven with a win on Saturday. The current Patriots and the 1991-96 Cowboys are the only teams in NFL history to win games in six straight postseasons, but the Cowboys did it with two different coaches during that stretch, Jimmy Johnson from 1991 to 1993 and Barry Switzer from 1994 to 1996.

The Patriots franchise had just seven postseason wins in its history before Belichick became the head coach, but New England is now up to 32. Only the Steelers with 36 and the Cowboys and Packers with 34 have more, and the Patriots would move into second place with 35 if they win the Super Bowl.

60 responses to “Bill Belichick to coach NFL record 37th postseason game

  1. This stat is even more impressive when you consider he usually clinches a 1st round bye and doesn’t typically coach on wild card weekend.

  2. “… but he is still totally moving to a 3-13 Giants team you guys. That’s his dream.” — BSPN

  3. BB is STILL the last HC to win a playoff game for the Cleveland Browns. Coincidentally, the last team the Browns beat in the post season was Bill Parcels Patriots.

    It was Sunday Jan 1st 1995. Happy New Year. 12:30 kickoff
    The 12-5 Belichick Browns 20 the Parcells Patriots 13.

    The Parcells Patriots went on to the Super Bowl in 1996 and lost to the Brett Farve (Desmond Howard) lead Green Bay Packers.

  4. .
    With Belichick’s bromance buddy, Nick Saban, already winning the national championship the pressure is squarely on Belichick to hold serve.
    .

  5. tylawspick6 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 1:52 pm
    jealousy to remain sky high

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    Jealous of what? His money? Yes. Being a football coach? Probably not. Being 135 years old? Def not.

  6. billjones383 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    He probably has more post season wins than the Browns have regular season wins since he left there.

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    That would be hilarious if true, but unfortunately it is not. The expansion Browns have won 88 regular season games since they came back into the league for the 1999 season. However, in the 10 seasons since their 10-6 run in 2007, the Browns have won a combined total of 38 regular season games.

    This means that if the Patriots win on Saturday, Belichick will have as many career postseason games as the Browns have regular season wins in the last decade.

  7. Bill feels so miserable these days. Having to deal with TB12’s ego, it’s just something good coaches don’t like.

    Brady was more like a Tim Duncan. Who would not care for his own promotion, just for the good of the team. Now, he wants to be a LeBron James, and coach Pop (Bill) is not having it.

    I think Bill probably got an insurance from Kraft that Brady will be cut next yr if they fail to win the super bowl.

  8. dom shula is a has-been and a bitter old man. to be fair though, i probably would too if i coached marino the majority of his career and failed to win the super bowl. Hell he only even got there once with him.

  9. Bill Bixby says:
    January 10, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    He should go to another team. Why not take on a new, real challenge?
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    If you’re 65 years old and just spent 19 years building a highly successful, profitable business, would you leave it and start all over again??? I don’t understand this mentality with Belicheck, like it’s the only way to be validated as a great coach. He succeeded, is that not enough? You think he could do this again with another team before he just gets too old? Nuts

  10. if the Patriots win on Saturday, Belichick will have as many career postseason games as the Browns have regular season wins in the last decade.

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    wow..that is sad.

  11. Belichick is a very good coach, and he deserves all the praise he has earned. But Belichick will tell you that Landry was the greatest coach of all time, for what he did to change the game of football. In fact, Belichick modeled his team after Landry’s. And he will admit to that, because he’s said it before.

    When Tom Landry passed away, it shut down the entire city of Dallas for a week. Tens of thousands lined up for his funeral procession. That doesn’t happen for some coach who won couple of football games, even championships.

    Belichick is a great coach, and he may go down as the winningest coach in history. Give him the praise and recognition he deserves. But he has a long way to go to reach the iconic status of Landry.

  12. Bill’s playoff record of 1-1 is known to Browns fans as “the glory years”. Cleveland not only lost their team, they lost one of the best HC’s in NFL history.

    to gawainsghost,

    I agree with everything you wrote in you post except the coach you named. Tom Landry is one of the great HC’s in NFL history and BB has always spoken with reverence when he talks about him. But there is only one name at the top of Bill’s list of HC’s and that is Paul Brown.

  13. Belichick is a great coach, and he may go down as the winningest coach in history. Give him the praise and recognition he deserves. But he has a long way to go to reach the iconic status of Landry.
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    Wrong… he’s already FAR better

  14. Belichick is the best ever, but you have to remember Landry coached against Noll, Shula, and Lombardi in their primes. Also he had two Hall of Fame coaches in his own division in the latter part of his career in Parcells and Gibbs. Who is Belichick’s main competition? Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin, Tony Dungy? If Saban had landed Drew Brees in Miami, that would have been a hell of a rivalry for 10 plus years.

  15. nhpats says:
    January 10, 2018 at 1:57 pm
    Somewhere Don Shula just yelled at a little kid to stay of his lawn
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    You mean the same Don Shula that has more wins than any other coach in NFL history? One of the few coaches to take multiple teams to the super bowl? One of the few who has taken different qbs to the super bowl? The Shula who was the coach of the only undefeated season in NFL history? The same Don Shula who only has 2 losing seasons over 30 years of coaching? The same Don Shula who is 2 – 0 vs Belichick? That guy? Yeah kids know better to get on his lawn.

  16. “AngryHumanoid says:
    January 10, 2018 at 1:53 pm
    Brady is good, but their success is more due to Bill. But as a combo they continue to do amazing things. A lot.”

    Interesting that in Bill’s 7 seasons without Tom Brady as his QB he made the playoffs just once, and went 1-1. With Brady, he has made the postseason 16 times in 17 seasons (including this year), with a playoff record of 25-9. His career regular season record as head coach without Brady is a pedestrian 55-63. With Brady it is 196-55. Why people think Brady benefits more from Belichick than the Bill does from Brady has never made sense to me.

  17. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 10, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    nhpats says:
    January 10, 2018 at 1:57 pm
    Somewhere Don Shula just yelled at a little kid to stay of his lawn
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    You mean the same Don Shula that has more wins than any other coach in NFL history? One of the few coaches to take multiple teams to the super bowl? One of the few who has taken different qbs to the super bowl? The Shula who was the coach of the only undefeated season in NFL history? The same Don Shula who only has 2 losing seasons over 30 years of coaching? The same Don Shula who is 2 – 0 vs Belichick? That guy? Yeah kids know better to get on his lawn.

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    Yeah, the same Don Shula with 1 SB win….the same guy that could not win a SB with Dan Marino

  18. Yeah, the same Don Shula with 1 SB win….
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    2 super bowls. If your going to talk trash about a player or coach make sure you have your facts correct.

  19. We’ll never see the Belichick- Brady greatness again for a long time. Maybe Shanahan-JimmyG would follow their footsteps.

  20. raymondmac says:
    January 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm
    Shula: “…a short, showing, flat-top particular about the point it made. He was a basketcase!”

    Nice Beefheart reference!

  21. without Tom Brady as his QB he made the playoffs just once

    Cassel was 11-5 and they didn’t qualify, which was an aberration. That’s good enough to get in almost every other year, and that team could have done some damage. Cassel steadily improved as the year went on.

  22. Best coach ever! Not debatable. The fans, hope you’ve the ride. You won’t see a ride like this again, for this long.

  23. I hope BB coaches another 5 years after TB is gone. So tired of hearing how it’s all the coach, it’s all the coach….and I’m a diehard Patriots fan. Belichick was a defensive wunderkind early in his career and with the Browns…but he didn’t have the sustained QB talent to do much with it. He could spend every minute of every day watching film with his starting QB and going through reads and progressions on tape. But once JJ Watt is bearing down on you at full clip and your first read is heavily covered, all the coaching in the world isn’t going to do a thing if your instincts don’t take over.

    There’s a difference between being above average and great. Without TB, Belichick is a 11-12 win/ season coach. Still probably top 3 in the NFL. On a different average team Brady is probably an 11-12 win QB. Maybe not on the Browns, but with the Seahawks, Ravens, Texans, Giants or Lions Brady would have won 12 games this year. Together their tandem becomes a 13-16 win team and goes from excellent and top of the league to best duo OF ALL TIME.

  24. vYou mean the same Don Shula that has more wins than any other coach in NFL history? One of the few coaches to take multiple teams to the super bowl? One of the few who has taken different qbs to the super bowl? The Shula who was the coach of the only undefeated season in NFL history? The same Don Shula who only has 2 losing seasons over 30 years of coaching? The same Don Shula who is 2 – 0 vs Belichick? That guy? Yeah kids know better to get on his lawn.
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    Don Shula who was possibly, contrary to common narrative, the biggest cheater in NFL history? Who had a lower winning percentage than BB? Who coached in an era where Parity was not built not the league rules? Who wound up bitter and petty? Yes, that guy.

  25. styro1 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 8:57 pm
    “if they win the Super Bowl”? When they win the Super Bowl you mean.
    ****
    Nothing is guaranteed. Don’t forget 18-1.

  26. 2 super bowls. If your going to talk trash about a player or coach make sure you have your facts correct.

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    Good correction. Let’s stick to facts:

    Shula: 2-4

    Belichick: 5-2

    If the trolls wanna put an asterisk, it should say “7-2 except the Tuna get all the credit for those 2”

  27. It’s easier to do it EVERY year when you’re a solid team, but your division is not. How about an honest article sharing how poor their division has been over the years with Belechick at NE? What 2 playoff wins over 18 years from their divisional opponents? NE is great yes, but they’ve been made greater because of a lack of competition in their division. They’ve an automatic 6 wins every year in their division. So they win 6 games in non divisional games, that’s a 12 win season. NE doesn’t have another QB to face in their division. Nice work if you can get it!

  28. jjfootball says:
    January 10, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    Thanks to his buddy the commish.
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    A true friend of the ESPN kingdom, I see. To the pit of misery. Dilly! Dilly!

  29. Shula was on the competition committee while he was coaching the Dolphins. He would berate the refs and threaten to cut their pay or fire them until they just stopped calling penalties on the Dolphins.

    Pretty easy to go undefeated when you have the Refs cheating for you. Shula is a horrible disgusting person.

  30. mustafa67 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 4:04 pm
    Belichick is the best ever, but you have to remember Landry coached against Noll, Shula, and Lombardi in their primes. Also he had two Hall of Fame coaches in his own division in the latter part of his career in Parcells and Gibbs. Who is Belichick’s main competition? Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin, Tony Dungy? If Saban had landed Drew Brees in Miami, that would have been a hell of a rivalry for 10 plus years.

    13 25 Rate This

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    bb is so great, he has forced coaches to be fired or quit

  31. i don’t like bill belichick, as i think he’s arrogant and annoying, but he’s a better coach than landry. i mean, who has more rings doofusfaces?

  32. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 10, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    nhpats says:
    January 10, 2018 at 1:57 pm
    Somewhere Don Shula just yelled at a little kid to stay of his lawn
    +++++++++++++++++++
    You mean the same Don Shula that has more wins than any other coach in NFL history? One of the few coaches to take multiple teams to the super bowl? One of the few who has taken different qbs to the super bowl? The Shula who was the coach of the only undefeated season in NFL history? The same Don Shula who only has 2 losing seasons over 30 years of coaching? The same Don Shula who is 2 – 0 vs Belichick? That guy? Yeah kids know better to get on his lawn

    >>>>>>>>>>>>

    Yet another reason to be a Saban fan

  33. “In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 10, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    The most impressive thing I read here is that he won a playoff game with the Browns.”

    and that Brown Playoff win came against the Patriots I believe!!!

  34. I’m trying to picture Belichick dressed like Tom Landry on the sidelines, and better yet, Landry wearing the Belichick Hoody getup.

  35. It’s not Bill’s fault that he is that much better than the coaches around him. The good ol’ boys you mention. All that tells me is that none of them were head and shoulders better than their peers. People say there’s no parity now. Look at the SB champs from the 70’s & 80’s, Dallas, Miami, Pittsburg, Washington, San Fran, Oakland, wash, rinse, repeat. It was much easier to keep a team together. One wonders how good any of those guys would have been had they played in an era of free agency.

    And now we pause for the leather helmet crowd to go cray cray on me for blasphemy.

  36. skawh says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    It’s easier to do it EVERY year when you’re a solid team, but your division is not. How about an honest article sharing how poor their division has been over the years with Belechick at NE? What 2 playoff wins over 18 years from their divisional opponents? NE is great yes, but they’ve been made greater because of a lack of competition in their division. They’ve an automatic 6 wins every year in their division.
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    In the past 18 seasons NE has swept the division twice. But then you knew that, you roll that same tired loser crap out often enough and you’ve seen enough responses that even you know all the facts that show it’s a lie. And yet you post it anyway. You used to approach this with more imagination chip.

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