Which coach would you want for one game against Belichick?

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Happy Birthday, Bill Belichick. In honor of the 66th anniversary of your birth, let’s focus not on your many accomplishments but your few failures.

Specifically, Monday’s PFT Live draft focused on coaches we’d want on the opposing sideline for one game against perhaps the best coach of all time in any sport.

Watch the video, listen to the picks, and post a comment on whether you agree that my trio of choices is dramatically better than the list made by Chris Simms.

If there are any topics you’d like to see become PFT Live drafts, feel free to post them in the comments. After, of course, pointing out that I won this specific PFT Live draft in a blowout. Because I did.

126 responses to “Which coach would you want for one game against Belichick?

  1. Mike Zimmer. When he was D coordinator for Cincy, he stopped Brady’s record of throwing a TD in concurrent games, and the Bengals won only because of his game plan. The Bengals O was terrible in that game. He is such a great D minded coach.

  2. Is this about a hypothetical great coaching matchup that would be fun to see or guys who you’d want as your coach in a one game scenario if you are facing the Patriots?

    If it’s the latter then I want a coach refuses to acknowledge the mystique and aura around Coach Belichick, is not intimidated in any way by him and his team and will play aggressive from start to finish and make Belichick and his team earn what they can get. The obvious two guys who fits this profile is Coughlin and Doug Pederson.
    Or maybe even Pete Carroll, result of Super Bowl 49 notwithstanding. Or Sean Payton.

    If it’s the former – pretty much any of the all time greats who changed the game in their own way. Madden, Lombardi, Noll and Shula among others. How would Bill do trying to defend Walsh’s offense? Noll and his defense? How about a Shula matchup given the fact he does not care for Belichick. Wouldn’t that be fun!

  3. The Truth says:
    April 16, 2018 at 11:44 am
    Simple, Coughlin, he owns belichick

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    Actually, no. Framegate I (distraction to the team tied to a lie about a Walkthrough tape on Friday night before the SB) and a stolen 1st rd pick not available in SB 46 own Belichick.

    It’s called cheating.

    Goodell does it as do some owners.

    Get over it already. You got what you wanted, and that’s fewer SB wins in the Pats trophy case.

    Doug Pederson and the Eagles just benefitted from a lost 1st rd pick for Framegate II as well.

    Not impressed.

  4. Jeff Fischer.

    Oh to win the game? Coughlin.

    Can’t really be any other choice. If he was coaching the Jags in the last AFC title game instead of Marrone, he likely would’ve beaten BB again.

    Active coaches you’d have to take Pederson. He went for it non-stop and that’s how you have to play the Patriots. Can’t ever take the foot off the gas pedal or Pats will make a miraculous comeback nearly every time.

    See Falcons, Atlanta.

  5. pastabelly says:
    April 16, 2018 at 11:44 am
    If he has Malcolm Butler on the roster and refuses to play him, then the correct answer is, anyone who can chew gum or spell his name.

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    Yes. CBs who are awful with a 103 passer ratings against, cleans out their locker, blows up at coaches, and then has a mental breakdown during the national anthem, are so deserving a starting spot at nickel just because.

    lol

  6. This is easy, Jon Gruden.

    The last game Chucky coached for the Raiders was, “The Tuck Rule Game”. Yeah that one where the Raiders won, except that Referee Walt Coleman had other plans. Gruden and Raider fans have NEVER gotten over this game. Chucky would be as motivated to win as if it were a Superbowl. Coaches don’t play, players do. To make it fair both teams would have to have similar talent levels.

  7. Coughlin is the obvious choice.

    Pederson won a great game with a great offensive game plan, but defensively they almost blew it, and the Eagles were a great team that really were an even match, so the credit goes to Pederson for the gutsy calls.

    Coughlin beat maybe the greatest team since the 80s in 2007. That’s the best game plan since Belichick and Coughlin beat the Bills in 1990 with the Giants.

  8. Avoiding the question of videotape: Mike Martz.

    Yes, out coached in the Super Bowl, but given a second chance, and referees who actually call PI, I think he’d destroy Bill B.

  9. hegotjackedup says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    Best of all time in any sport? I’d take John Wooden or Phil Jackson.

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    Wooden… not Phil. Phil was a great manager of egos. Not a great coach.

  10. endtimesparty says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Lol. Belichick almost beat the Eagles without Julian Edelman, Hightower, or Butler, three recent SB heroes.
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    He almost beat the Eagles backup QB too.

  11. endtimesparty says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    Lol. Belichick almost beat the Eagles without Julian Edelman, Hightower, or Butler, three recent SB heroes.

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    Unfortunately a loss is a loss is a loss.

  12. flviking says:
    April 16, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Sean Peyton, only way to beat a cheater is with a cheater.
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    So Coughlin and Pederson are cheaters. I knew it.

  13. Zimmer. He is the only defensive minded coach that has a chance to stop Brady & Belichick.

  14. Man, I don’t know. I guess Paul Brown, he invented just about all of the modern coaching innovations that all coaches use today…including Bill Belichick.

  15. My first thought was Bill Walsh. My second choice would be Bill Parcells. Vince Lombardi would be interesting too.

  16. “The last game Chucky coached for the Raiders was, “The Tuck Rule Game”. Yeah that one where the Raiders won, except that Referee Walt Coleman had other plans. Gruden and Raider fans have NEVER gotten over this game. ”

    It hilarious that Raiders fans are still acting like the the Tuck Rule call won that game. The Pats still had to drive all the way down the field to score twice against what was the best D in the regular season that year. The inability of the Raiders D to stop the Pats was what lost the game, not the Tuck Rule.

  17. Aside from the obvious choice of Coughlin, I’d have to pick Mike McCarthy. He has his flaws, but he’s 1-1 versus Belichick, and the loss was a close game with Matt Flynn at QB. Somehow he coaches his best against BB.

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    The Truth says:
    April 16, 2018 at 11:44 am
    Simple, Coughlin, he owns belichick

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    Actually, no. Framegate I (distraction to the team tied to a lie about a Walkthrough tape on Friday night before the SB) and a stolen 1st rd pick not available in SB 46 own Belichick.

    It’s called cheating.

    Goodell does it as do some owners.

    Get over it already. You got what you wanted, and that’s fewer SB wins in the Pats trophy case.

    Doug Pederson and the Eagles just benefitted from a lost 1st rd pick for Framegate II as well.

    Not impressed.

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    The Pat fan persecution complex is kind of hysterical.

  19. bullcharger says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Coughlin is the obvious choice.

    Pederson won a great game with a great offensive game plan, but defensively they almost blew it, and the Eagles were a great team that really were an even match, so the credit goes to Pederson for the gutsy calls.

    Coughlin beat maybe the greatest team since the 80s in 2007. That’s the best game plan since Belichick and Coughlin beat the Bills in 1990 with the Giants.

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    You’d still want a coach to show the aggressiveness and the lack of fear against Belichick’s team. You’d want him to forget he was coaching against Bill Freaking Belichick and treat him as a guy that you and your team certainly can beat.

    That’s only happened once in recent memory in the Pats division. Rex Ryan and the 2010 Jets. How did that turn out in the playoff game? Nuff said.

  20. Joe Gibbs (1.0) before he retired and came back. No one made half time adjustments like his team.

  21. endtimesparty says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Lol. Belichick almost beat the Eagles without Julian Edelman, Hightower, or Butler, three recent SB heroes.
    geee I wonder how many Eagles starters were missing????? left tackle? running back, QB, MIL???awwwwwww

  22. Current: Zimmer
    All Time: Walsh or Shula.

    Bum Phillips once said of Shula: “He’s so good, he can take his’n and beat yours’n; then take yours’n and beat his’n.”

  23. waraider says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    This is easy, Jon Gruden.

    The last game Chucky coached for the Raiders was, “The Tuck Rule Game”. Yeah that one where the Raiders won, except that Referee Walt Coleman had other plans. Gruden and Raider fans have NEVER gotten over this game. Chucky would be as motivated to win as if it were a Superbowl. Coaches don’t play, players do. To make it fair both teams would have to have similar talent levels.

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    Gruden did win a Super Bowl at the Raiders expense.

  24. Bill Walsh. He is known to be great preparing for the Super Bowl, exploiting his opponent’s weaknesses and the field conditions, and he has never lost a Super Bowl game because he has an extra week to prepare for the big dance. In one Super Bowl, for example, he came up with the line drive kickoff to take advantage of the astroturf’s hard bounces.

  25. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Joe Gibbs (1.0) before he retired and came back. No one made half time adjustments like his team.

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    As great as Coach Belichick is, his arrogance is one reason why he is disliked more than he is liked. It’s that arrogance that led to Spygate. I also thought going out of his way to embarrass Coach Gibbs like he did that year by running up the score on him was completely uncalled for. Maybe I missed something at the time but I’m not sure what Gibbs did to Bill to deserve being embarrassed like that.

  26. endtimesparty says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Lol. Belichick almost beat the Eagles without Julian Edelman, Hightower, or Butler, three recent SB heroes.

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    One name …. Nick Foles

  27. Coughlin is the obvious choice, but another guy who has a good record against Brady/Bellichick is Mike Shanahan. When he was the coach in Denver, the Broncos went 5-2 against the Patriots from 2001-2008, including a playoff win.

  28. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Zimmer. He is the only defensive minded coach that has a chance to stop Brady & Belichick.
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    Didn’t the Zimmer led Vikings get embarrassed by the team that beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl?

  29. Roby says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Current: Zimmer
    All Time: Walsh or Shula.

    Bum Phillips once said of Shula: “He’s so good, he can take his’n and beat yours’n; then take yours’n and beat his’n.”
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    Unless he has Dan Marino.

  30. Doug Pederson, even over Coughlin. Pederson didn’t just defeat Belichick, but he shredded that defense (Belichick’s specialty) with a backup QB that prior to the playoffs looked like he wasn’t up to par. Add to it the fact that Pederson had just come off the NFC championship game where his offense shredded the league’s top-ranked defense. Normally Belichick is a master at forcing opposition offenses into changing their game plan. Belichick had two weeks to prepare for what he saw in the NFC championship, and yet couldn’t prevent the same from happening to his defense.

    Given Belichick’s track record, that is a stunning accomplishment, so yeah, I’ll go with Pederson.

  31. omeimontis says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Bill Walsh. He is known to be great preparing for the Super Bowl, exploiting his opponent’s weaknesses and the field conditions, and he has never lost a Super Bowl game because he has an extra week to prepare for the big dance. In one Super Bowl, for example, he came up with the line drive kickoff to take advantage of the astroturf’s hard bounces.
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    Yeah, but Belichick wouldn’t fall prey to Walsh’s broken headset scam, since he prepares for just such a situation.

  32. bspurloc says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm
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    DITKA!
    He would beat UP Belicheck before the coin toss hits the ground.
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    There, fixed that for you. Ditka was a kind for sure.

  33. omeimontis says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Bill Walsh. He is known to be great preparing for the Super Bowl, exploiting his opponent’s weaknesses and the field conditions, and he has never lost a Super Bowl game because he has an extra week to prepare for the big dance. In one Super Bowl, for example, he came up with the line drive kickoff to take advantage of the astroturf’s hard bounces.

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    Yeah? How well did he “Prepare for field conditions” against Anthony Carter in 1987?

  34. I’d select the guy who lied on his resume to get the ND job – George O’Leary. He’d be the only coach who could out-cheat BB.

  35. Belichick is hands down the best HC of the last 20 years. So my list of who to match up against him would involve HCs from other eras (all now deceased). Such as George Halas, Paul Brown, Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry.

  36. If Tom Brady is not on the field it really doesn’t matter. If I was coaching against BB and Tom was on my team I’d feel pretty confident I could beat him.

  37. endtimesparty says:
    April 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    Lol. Belichick almost beat the Eagles without Julian Edelman, Hightower, or Butler, three recent SB heroes.

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    And the Doug Pedersen beat Belichick without Wentz, Peters, Hicks, Sproles, or Maragos. Nice try.

    The Patriots didn’t lose because Malcolm Butler wasn’t on the field. Pedersen had a game plan that Belichick couldn’t defend, it wouldn’t have mattered if Butler was on the field.

  38. Doug Pederson! He is the coach that just defeated Belichick on the world’s biggest stage: the Super Bowl!

  39. The Patriots didn’t lose because Malcolm Butler wasn’t on the field. Pedersen had a game plan that Belichick couldn’t defend, it wouldn’t have mattered if Butler was on the field.
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    Are you sure about that? Butler plays. Eagles lose by two tds without a doubt. Luckiest sb win in the hx of the nfl.

  40. flviking says:
    April 16, 2018 at 11:48 am
    Sean Peyton, only way to beat a cheater is with a cheater.
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    Your tears from the last 8 years are delicious.

  41. John Harbaugh/Mike Coughlin are the only ones who have proven to be able to do it more consistently than others. Both are Patriot killers in the playoffs.

  42. Youknowimright says:
    April 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Are you sure about that? Butler plays. Eagles lose by two tds without a doubt. Luckiest sb win in the hx of the nfl.

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    If that helps you sleep at night. Most people who saw the game saw Pedersen and Foles exploit mismatches all over the field. Pedersen outcoached Belichick, plain and simple. Pats fans act like Belichick WANTED to lose the game, which is a twisted way of justifying a legit loss. I feel bad for you.

  43. Marcus says:
    April 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm
    Youknowimright says:
    April 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Are you sure about that? Butler plays. Eagles lose by two tds without a doubt. Luckiest sb win in the hx of the nfl.

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    If that helps you sleep at night. Most people who saw the game saw Pedersen and Foles exploit mismatches all over the field. Pedersen outcoached Belichick, plain and simple. Pats fans act like Belichick WANTED to lose the game, which is a twisted way of justifying a legit loss. I feel bad for you.

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    I honestly do think Butler would have been a worse mismatch. The Pats had a big hole in the defensive backfield and no way left to fill it, and the Eagles were all over that. Its funny, we were all calling Butler’s play last year as a sign the Pats were beatable, so then when Belichick benches him the guy is suddenly the all pro savior they didn’t use? And when Butler leaves the Pats are suddenly letting great players get away?

  44. The little juveniles here who post that Belichick is the “Greatest of all time” weren’t even born until after Walsh and Shula retired.

  45. “Mike Zimmer. When he was D coordinator for Cincy, he stopped Brady’s record of throwing a TD in concurrent games, and the Bengals won only because of his game plan. The Bengals O was terrible in that game. He is such a great D minded coach.”

    Mike Zimmer and Bill Belicheat both come from the Bill Parcells coaching tree… I think Parcells, with the right team probably knows Belicheat’s weak spots better than anybody…

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