Happy 67th, Bill Belichick

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Now three years shy of 70, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is still going strong. Arguably the greatest coach of all time in any sport, Belichick turns 67 today.

He has shown no signs of slowing down, and he has given no indication that he has even considered stepping aside. With 261 career wins, Belichick needs only 67 more victories to catch Don Shula.

At 11 wins per year — a number that most teams fail to achieve even once every 11 years achieve but that the Patriots have realized on a consistent basis — Belichick would need to coach for another six seasons to get within striking distance, pushing him to the age of 73.

The biggest challenge for Belichick will come after quarterback Tom Brady retires. Will Belichick get to double digits on a regular basis without Brady? If not, Belichick will need to coach a lot longer than six more years to have a shot at catching and passing Shula.

Maybe Belichick will. Two years ago, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that he’d like Belichick to coach into his 80s.

It’s hard to imagine a guy who has given his life to football to not have football in his life. Some think that, whenever he stops coaching, he’ll assume an executive-level position (like Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin have down) with another team, possibly with a small slice of equity in the organization.

52 responses to “Happy 67th, Bill Belichick

  1. In the salary cap era Belichick grasps the totality of the game whether it’s on the field, building a team or at the negotiating table at such a high level it’s hard to quantify. Pats fans have been very fortunate to have him.

  2. Somewhere Bellichick is blowing out candles and saying to his family “It’s a birthday. A yearly reminder we’re all one step closer to our grave. In the meantime…we have just have to do a better job. That’s starts with me.”

  3. I don’t think he cares about the 328 career win total BUT I DO THINK he cares a great deal about the overall 347 win total which Shula has. 328 regular season and 19 playoff wins for Shula. Right now Belichick is 261+31=292. He only needs 55 total to get that one. That’s his target at the moment.

  4. Haters time for you to come out. He will be retiring within 3 years.He said many years ago, he did not want to be coaching when he was Tom Coughlin’s age (70 at the time). I do believe he will keep his word.

  5. shula has spoken poorly of BB, and BB no like arm char smack talkers… Can’t waitt o see Shula’s head pop off when BB passes him.

  6. terripet
    41m ago
    Cheaters have birthdays to

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    Yet operating in reality, accurate predictions and spelling still remain a concern for some. It’s a funny world out there…

  7. @terri-pets-it
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  8. terripet says:
    April 16, 2019 at 11:42 am
    Cheaters have birthdays to
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    That is what you have been working on since 04.1618? Color me impressed.

  9. In the salary cap era Belichick grasps the totality of the game whether it’s on the field, building a team or at the negotiating table at such a high level it’s hard to quantify. Pats fans have been very fortunate to have him.

    In the the era where lying and cheating are considered an acceptable cost for winning Bill’s a real steal.

  10. I can hear him now….giving advice to a young coach, about to
    become a head coach….make sure your owner is financially stable,
    make sure your owner doesn’t move the team to another city,
    and I wasted a lot of years by picking the wrong owner out of the
    gate.
    One can only imagine if he had found the right owner in his first
    Head job. Pittsburgh and Green Bay come to mind.

  11. Vasteelerfan says:
    April 16, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    In the the era where lying and cheating are considered an acceptable cost for winning Bill’s a real steal.
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    My how the might Steelers fans have fallen. Funny they overlook Dr. Rydze. Of course he never did anything illegal with the Steelers during his two decades with the team…

  12. “Cheaters have birthdays to”

    Yup, Irsay, Grigson, Goodell and many others related to the Colts have birthdays, you are correct.

  13. HBD BB!

    Dirty Don Shula is a well documented Cheater beginning in 1969 when he illegally negotiated a contract with the expansion Dolphins, drugging players up so they could play, ordering tarps off fields in driving rain storms before championship games against faster teams, etc etc etc. Shula is a disgrace. I hope Belichick takes that record away from him before he;s gone.

  14. why would you back the patriots know cheaters then invoke the colts? what kind of vikings fan are you dude.

    harrisonhits2 says:
    April 16, 2019 at 1:30 pm
    “Cheaters have birthdays to”
    Yup, Irsay, Grigson, Goodell and many others related to the Colts have birthdays, you are correct.

  15. Two things:

    First, as a Pats fan I certainly appreciate Coach Belichick’s accomplishments (especially since I’ve lived through most of a lifetime of Mike Holovacks, Rod Rusts, Dick MacPhersons, etc.) but I think that the guy who stole Bill Russell, drafted Larry Bird at the end of his junior year, got Parrish and the draft choice that become Kevin McHale, was the first to start five African American players and was the lynchpin in sixteen championships is – beyond arguably – the best coach/executive in all sports.

    Second, I don’t think he’s going to retire until he has a roster comprised of sixth round draft choices, Australian and Gaelic football players and rejects from other teams and wins the Superbowl by a score of 2-0.

  16. If I had a bucket list where everything on it was possible, I would want just one full afternoon and a full cooler of suds to share with this guy and talk about and listen about football and it’s history and all the great players he’s coached and known and the stories about each including some funny ones.

  17. juan759 says:
    April 16, 2019 at 12:24 pm
    shula has spoken poorly of BB, and BB no like arm char smack talkers… Can’t waitt o see Shula’s head pop off when BB passes him.

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    Shula’s jealousy has led to his head popping off already. Shula is a loser. Stat padder extraordinaire with an enormous ego.

  18. 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.”

  19. Welp, Shula counts regular season victories, Belichick counts SB victories. I suspect rather than passing Shula in regular season wins, BB is looking at 10 SB wins. Theoretically he could retire at 71.

  20. Greatest? Lmao no, dude been caught cheating to many times to be considered greatest. Gtfoh. Yes he has had good teams, but yet still chose to cheat multiple times, thats weakest, not greatest.

  21. I don’t think he cares about the 328 career win total BUT I DO THINK he cares a great deal about the overall 347 win total which Shula has. 328 regular season and 19 playoff wins for Shula. Right now Belichick is 261+31=292. He only needs 55 total to get that one. That’s his target at the moment.
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    55 games and he’s averaging 14 wins per season including playoffs over the past 8 years, so it’s within 4 years at that rate.

  22. when bill stops coaching they need to fire whoever the nfl commissioner is and immediately name bill belichick to the position. a lot of the bs would end immediately.

  23. xiiprestige says:
    April 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    Greatest? Lmao no, dude been caught cheating to many times to be considered greatest. Gtfoh. Yes he has had good teams, but yet still chose to cheat multiple times, thats weakest, not greatest.
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    Can you list all these cheating infractions BB has been caught? Your mind is weak.

  24. Here’s hoping both he and Brady retire soon. What’s left to accomplish?

    I’ll appreciate him much more when he is no longer coaching. Fans always use the chess/checkers thing, but it’s true. No one is on his level.

  25. Remind everyone again how many SB rings Shula has! There’s no comparison between the two.

  26. “Can you list all these cheating infractions BB has been caught? Your mind is weak.”

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    Look, haters will be haters but to say that he hasn’t been caught is just false. Not popular, I know, but it happened.

    Even without that though Belichick has more competition than it would initially appear. Trying to compare coaches across sports is ludicrous in my opinion, but there are a few coaches in other sports who have that same aura of untouchable-ness and thinking ahead of their peers that Belichick has. College basketball (men and women) mostly. Most other coaches don’t compare, but I think there are a select group of coaches who can be considered in the same group. Phil Jackson, John Wooden, Coach K, Pat Summit, and Geno Auriemma are names that easily come to mind that it would difficult to argue with. Some arguable people could include Pat Riley, Paul Brown (who invented what seems like half of football and two NFL teams), and Gregg Popovich. I’m just saying that there are some pretty incredible coaches across the spectrum as well as Belichick, whom I think everyone can acknowledge is one of the most capable coaches of all time, with or without the cheating.

  27. The draw to New England for Belichick is control, relationship with Kraft family, and proximity to Nantucket. It’s doubtful an equity stake in another franchise would be enough to get him to move. It’s probably not a great secret that he dislikes Shula, whom Bill probably considers as petty.

    Hard to pick greatest coaches of all time, but he’s on that short list with Scotty Bowman and Red Auerbach.

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