Bill Belichick: “Flattering” to join Halas and Lambeau

AP

No coach has won at the rate of Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl era.

And even when you consider the years before the championship games were named and numbered, the Patriots boss has pulled even with two of the greats — the kind of coaches who have buildings named after them.

With six titles, Belichick joined former Bears coach George Halas and Packers coach Curly Lambeau atop the all-time list.

Halas led the Bears to NFL championships in 1921, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1946, and 1963. Lambeau won it all with the Packers in 1929-31, 1936, 1939, and 1944.

Belichick has won six in the last 18 years.

As you might expect, Belichick was able to draw a line through football history to his own career. He recalled watching Halas’ Bears as a child, when Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Mather was a friend of his father’s.

It’s incredibly flattering, but really, for me, it’s about what the team accomplishes,” Belichick said, via Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald. “The most important thing for me is for our team to be able to hold that Lombardi Trophy and say that we were champions. It took everybody. It took the entire team and organization to put forth a superior and supreme effort to achieve that, and that’s really what it’s about. It’s about how all of us came together and kind of pulled our weight so the team could achieve its goals. It’s what we’re able to accomplish as a team that makes me most proud.”

But the building of that team depends largely on the guy who drew the plans and laid the foundation. And whether he wants to accept the praise or not, Belichick deserves it — and probably to have something large named after him some day.

51 responses to “Bill Belichick: “Flattering” to join Halas and Lambeau

  1. I gotta say Steelers fans…. I take back anything I said about you. it was annoying to hear y’all brag about six rings.. but now I know how much fun it is to brag about it! 🙂

    I don’t blame you at all!

    #SIXboro

  2. One of my greatest football pleasures is the seemingly (but not) annual site of Belichick being given the AFC Championship (Lamar Hunt) Trophy, and him looking at it and holding it as though he was just handed a fresh turd.

    Super Bowl or bust, that is quite a bar to have set.

  3. The most appropriate honor to remember him by, after he retires of course, is to name the coach of the year award after him.

  4. And I don’t think he’s ever received GM of the year or coach of the year.

    It is not easy to play for him and follow his military-style rules. But he is the best.

    Did you see the look on Sean McVay’s face during the Super Bowl? He was in shock.

    He is head and shoulders above the rest.

  5. Belichick will get his own building someday. One more championship and he’ll be ahead of everyone else. There are a lot more teams now than whe Halas and Lambeau were coaching, and in this age of free agency, salary caps, player atitudes, etc. it’s a lot tougher for a coach/ team to consistently win championships.

  6. Incredible what he has done, yet he is laser focused on football and coaching, not on accolades or criticisms from the “experts” or the media. That attitude evidently trickles down through his teams. Part of the “Patriot way”. He is odd, unique, and the best ever.

  7. I’m lucky enough to have seen great coaches during my lifetime. Sparky Anderson, Tommy La Sorta, Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Mike Krzyzewski to name a few. But I’ve never seen anything quite like Bill Belichick. Boy am I a lucky fan or what? Folks have been calling for doomsday in Foxboro since 2005.

    Happy 2019 everyone!

  8. I always hate to compare players or coachers or teams to one another in different eras. It’s apples to oranges. You can only compare them to their peers during their own eras.

    To me it’s much harder to win Super Bowls nowadays then it was when those guys were winning championships. To my knowledge there was no playoff system back during the Halas and Lambeau days. You played the season and it was one game, East meets West or something like that. Now you have to win multiple playoff games before you even play in your own conference championship game. Then you go to the Super Bowl. This is not to take anything away from Halas or Lambeau but winning 6 championships is not the same as winning 6 Super Bowls. There’s way more games involved. Those coaches won 6 games to win those 6 championships. It’s just not the same. All great coaches and that would include Lombardi who is still my favorite but what made those guys great was that no other coaches accomplished what they did in their day. And the same is true with Belichick now.

    But the road to winning a Super Bowl is still a lot longer than the road to winning a NFL Championship.

  9. Belichick will never accept praise for himself. Boomer was trying to goad him into it on the post-game show, but BB wouldn’t bite. He expects the same of his players. Humble pie, they call it.

  10. He’s earned it. There’s no denying it. I’m really tired of it, but I have to give credit where credit is due.

  11. The defensive game plan and execution were incredible. Held a team that averaged 33 points a game to 3 points, using nothing but a bunch of cast offs and folks he picked up for a song (like Van Noy). Even the dupes over at BSPN have an article up today about how this was the greatest defensive performance in the history of the SB. That our resident Steeler fans have gone out of their way to call it “boring” speaks for itself.

  12. thecape15 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 8:16 am
    And I don’t think he’s ever received GM of the year or coach of the year.

    It is not easy to play for him and follow his military-style rules. But he is the best.

    Did you see the look on Sean McVay’s face during the Super Bowl? He was in shock.

    He is head and shoulders above the rest.

    ———————

    They always give it to the Director of Pro Player Personnel which would have been Pioli or now Caserio.

    However, the preposterous notion that BB has not been GM/Exec of the Year with Caserio/whoever they want to grant the award to, in the last 10+ years, is literally impossible.

    You could pick any one of the seasons, even the non-SB ones when they dragged in B Squads into Denver, still competing to go the SB, when any other franchise would be .500 or worse, and give him the award.

    It’s all based around an anti-Pats bias. I mean, they just do anything to not compliment the Pats at all costs.

  13. 42trombone says:
    February 5, 2019 at 8:51 am
    Yes he does deserve to have a stadium named for him….Doug pederson would maybe have a walkway named for him

    3 0 Rate This

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    Who cares about Doug Pederson? The guy is some blind squirrel with a cheating commuissioner.

    No one cares.

    We care about HOF GMs and Coaches on this thread.

  14. The 1921 “championship” was a regular season record and no playoff game. They tied a 3 win team 0-0 in the last game of the year. 2,000 people went to the game. I doubt tickets were thousands of dollars.

  15. tylawspick6 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:02 am
    Rename the trophy now.
    ___________

    Yeah, if Belichick ever won five Championships in just seven seasons and if his career was cut short due to cancer, I’d agree with you.

  16. bluedevilbrowns says:
    February 5, 2019 at 8:53 am
    Paul Brown won 7 World Titles:

    AAFL:
    1946
    1947
    1948
    1949

    —-
    The AAFC championship was no more a “World” Championship than the old XFL title was.

  17. GoodellMustGo says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:48 am

    bluedevilbrowns says:
    February 5, 2019 at 8:53 am
    Paul Brown won 7 World Titles:

    AAFL:
    1946
    1947
    1948
    1949

    —-
    The AAFC championship was no more a “World” Championship than the old XFL title was.

    _____
    Exactly. Reminds me of people who want to combine Ichiro’s hits in Japan with his MLB total. Complete nonsense.

  18. Wafflestomp says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:44 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:02 am
    Rename the trophy now.
    ___________

    Yeah, if Belichick ever won five Championships in just seven seasons and if his career was cut short due to cancer, I’d agree with you.

    2 7 Rate This

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    Oh, I see. So, you need an illness and to be overrated to get a trophy named after you.

    Gotcha.

  19. This is an impressive feat. Halas and Lambeau are two league immortals. He joins NFL royalty now. Congratulations to the Bill, the Patriots and their fans.

    This is not easy to do. Some teams never win any.

  20. All of the talking heads saying Sean Mcvay is a genius and other coaches are trying to emulate him. Belichick wasted no time putting that to rest. The Rams held without a TD and McVay looked like he was lost.

  21. doubleogator says:
    February 5, 2019 at 10:05 am
    All of the talking heads saying Sean Mcvay is a genius and other coaches are trying to emulate him. Belichick wasted no time putting that to rest. The Rams held without a TD and McVay looked like he was lost.

    —————————-

    McVay is a typical Millennial, trying to come off more intelligent than he is while acting like he doesn’t need to pay dues.

    He uses a little of buzz words to make himself sound important or smarter than someone else.

    The truth is, that window in LA just slammed shut with how Snead built that team.

  22. hankster1019 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:56 am
    GoodellMustGo says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:48 am

    bluedevilbrowns says:
    February 5, 2019 at 8:53 am
    Paul Brown won 7 World Titles:

    AAFL:
    1946
    1947
    1948
    1949

    —-
    The AAFC championship was no more a “World” Championship than the old XFL title was.

    _____
    Exactly. Reminds me of people who want to combine Ichiro’s hits in Japan with his MLB total. Complete nonsense.
    —————

    Complete nonsense huh???

    Then explain how a team from an “XFL” league won the NFL championship their very first year in the “big” league?

    The Browns tried for years to get the NFL champion to play them, but the league refused because they wanted the Browns to leave the AAFL for them.

    Know your history before you speak.

  23. exinsidetrader says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:38 am
    If Brady holds up, Pats will be even BETTER next year with 12 picks and two top picks from this year coming back from injury.
    ——————————————

    Every new year is interesting to watch how BB builds the roster and he will probably have a lot of rebuilding to do next season with Gronk possibly retiring, McCourty possibly retiring, and quite a few players who saw a lot of snaps this year perhaps leaving in free agency next season for that ‘Pats Premium’ former Pats get in the market. A list that includes starters like Trey Flowers, Malcolm Brown, and Trent Brown.

    And, of course, I believe Gostkowski and Allen are both free agents (not sure about Allen).

  24. I would suggest that Bill himself would lead the charge AGAINST renaming the trophy. He’s not that type of guy. But what IS ridiculous is how rarely he gets coach of the year when everyone knows he’s the best coach EVERY year. They should rename that trophy the “the coach of the most improved team” award, because that is the guy who gets it.

    As I prepare to watch ANOTHER championship parade, I take great pleasure when I see those annual awards of best of the year in so many categories and so rarely see a Pats player, coach, or executive mentioned. It is almost a badge of honor.

  25. So many skewed arguments trying to compare coaches who cannot he compared.

    For all the arguments of less teams back then equals less quality, I would think each team is deeper because of it.

    I also think those eras had no issue killing your star player and dealing with little to no consequence because of it.

    The patriots are successful because of two people. And those two people have bucked the free agency era trends by staying together. That consistency alone is what put the Pats where they are today. Either one gets injured or retires, it’s over for the other.

  26. tylawspick6 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 10:03 am
    Wafflestomp says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:44 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:02 am
    Rename the trophy now.
    ___________

    Yeah, if Belichick ever won five Championships in just seven seasons and if his career was cut short due to cancer, I’d agree with you.

    2 7 Rate This

    —————-

    Oh, I see. So, you need an illness and to be overrated to get a trophy named after you.

    Gotcha.
    ___________

    Overrated? Gotcha.

    Vince Lombardi took over the Green Bay Packers when they were the worst team in the league ( 1-10-1) and created an NFL powerhouse.
    After compiling a coaching record of 135-35-6 which included a 9-1 postseason run, five Championships in seven seasons, as well as being the last NFL coach to oversee a team win three in a row.
    All of this accomplished without any controversy, finger pointing, asterisks, or air of ill proprietary, mind you.
    Had cancer not taken him down in his prime, there’s no telling how much more he could have accomplished.

    Now, I realize that there’s no competing with the Patriots, at least not in their fan’s eyes, where Brady’s the GOAT, (Arguably, at best) PEDelman belongs in the HOF, ( I must say, that whole argument gave me quite a chuckle.) and long-standing, revered Super Bowl trophies should be renamed at the whim of some disgruntled fan on a sport message board.
    Hilarious.

  27. andrwken says:
    February 5, 2019 at 10:36 am
    So many skewed arguments trying to compare coaches who cannot he compared.

    For all the arguments of less teams back then equals less quality, I would think each team is deeper because of it.

    I also think those eras had no issue killing your star player and dealing with little to no consequence because of it.

    The patriots are successful because of two people. And those two people have bucked the free agency era trends by staying together. That consistency alone is what put the Pats where they are today. Either one gets injured or retires, it’s over for the other.

    2 0 Rate This

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    The cap was invented to stop a dynasty. BB has essentially formed two, one on the back end of Brady’s career in the face of a cheating commissioner, hired by the Jets owner.

    It’s easy to compare…..BB blows away another legendary GM and Coach in NFL history.

    End of story.

    This is almost like a movie concocted by a good storyteller, except it’s real.

    Goodell has literally tried every angle possible to cheat the Pats. That’s how good BB has been.

  28. Those early “Championships” were fraudulent!!
    Why?
    Because they played VERY FEW or NO playoff games!

    Lambeau’s six “Titles” came in only THREE playoff games!
    Those “titles” in 1929-31 were just handed out, NOT won in a playoff

    Same with Halas…his 6 “Titles” happened with only 5 Playoff wins
    You can’t even win TWO titles nowadays with just FIVE playoff wins!

    What Belichick has done in this era of free agency, coaches constantly being plucked by other teams, salary cap, etc makes him the greatest NFL coach of all-time!
    And I’m a Vikings fan

  29. Green Bay “Championships” again?… #yawn

    Half of those were “championships’ were played before the invention of electricity, in a time when players had to take time off from their ‘real’ jobs in order to play. Championships were popularity contests, with the title being awarded without even playing a game.

  30. Yankees, Celtics, and Canadians need to have all their championships earned prior to 1961 stricken from the record books. That’s the year the Vikings came into existence, and it’s hurting their feelings.

  31. People can ridicule Green Bay’s Championships all they want, but when you consider the fact that the Packers have never had any central ownership and being the smallest professional sports franchise, their early success was quite a feat.
    Having to rely on local businesses and the generosity of the fans to support the team was quite a task early on.
    Yes, they would literally pass around a hat during the games to help fund what some would call a foolish venture.

    Yet, those Packer teams were able to stand toe to toe and compete with the likes of well healed owners in all the major cities throughout the Midwest and East coast, all of which could offer so much more.
    It was the ultimate underdog story.

    All the way up to the stock sales, though they are used as a punchline today, they are the only reason the Packers survived in Green Bay during some very lean years financially.
    The public sales literally saved the franchise twice, allowing them to remain solvent, and keeping them from just becoming just another league footnote.

    Today, with the NFL’s modern conveniences of huge tv contracts, NFL endorsements, and revenue sharing, they are a major success story.
    But, most forget, or just don’t think about, how difficult and precarious their journey really was.

  32. The cap was invented to stop a dynasty. BB has essentially formed two, one on the back end of Brady’s career in the face of a cheating commissioner, hired by the Jets owner.
    =======

    The cap was invented due to players winning the right to be free agents.

    They didn’t want teams to turn into the Yankees, buying all the best talent.

  33. If it weren’t for the likes of Halas and Lambeau, most of the posters here would be voicing their well thought out millennial opinions on soccer.

  34. Bill Belichik? Love the guy. He’s aces in my book…and should have been C.O.Y. at least 5 times.

    Kids? It’s really not necessary to rip down that which came before just to glorify “your guy”. Particularly where Belichick is concerned. Trying to knock him down is a fool’s endeavour. Trying to knock Halas, Lombardi, Brown, Walsh, Noll, Landry or Shula down thinking it elevates your guy is just plain and simple brain dead.

  35. FoozieGrooler says:
    February 5, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Green Bay “Championships” again?… #yawn
    Half of those were “championships’ were played before the invention of electricity

    ++++++

    Thomas Edison electrocuted an elephant in 1903. Maybe next time go with night baseball, you’d still be incorrect but you’d be close.

  36. ‘Belichick joined former Bears coach George Halas and Packers coach Curly Lambeau atop the all-time list.

    Halas led the Bears to NFL championships in 1921, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1946, and 1963. Lambeau won it all with the Packers in 1929-31, 1936, 1939, and 1944.

    Belichick has won six in the last 18 years.’

    – – –

    Ummmm, Lambeau won his 6 in 16 years – isn’t that BETTER than 6 in 18 years ?????

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