Bill Belichick was the only active coach to help pick the top 100 players of all time

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To commemorate the league’s 100th season, the NFL will be naming the top 100 players of all time, but not in any specific order.

Incoming Hall of Famer Gil Brandt disclosed some of the names of the people who served on the panel, which convened last year for a full-day meeting and also had a separate two-hour session.

Via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the panel included the likes of Tony Dungy, John Madden, Art Shell, Dick Vermeil, Rick Gosselin, and others. The only active coach was Bill Belichick.

Belichick, according to Brandt, argued passionately for Clark Hinkle, a two-way Packers player in the 1930s, who entered the Hall of Fame in 1964.

“He’s amazing as far as he can tell you about coaches and players back in the ’30s and ’40s without any problem at all,” Brandt told Volin, regarding Belichick. “And I mean, he can tell you Clarke Hinkle, what he did, how he was a fullback but when they were going to pass they moved him to tailback. This guy studied like it was for a math test. He was brilliant.”

Belichick was brilliant because he is brilliant. Interpersonal quirks aside, Belichick may be the smartest person to ever coach any sport in American history. And if/when someone will be picking the greatest NFL coaches of all time as part of the league’s 100th season, Belichick should be at the very top of the list.

44 responses to “Bill Belichick was the only active coach to help pick the top 100 players of all time

  1. Bronko Nagurski played two ways, as did Hinkle and all players back then. Bronko went to tackle him near the sideline once and Hinkle lowered his shoulder on him. Knocked Nagurski out cold and broke his nose.

    Hinkle was a man.

  2. When people talk about Goff looking lost in the Super Bowl once comm was cut off this is why. Belichick has knowledge of the sport and everything that’s been done on the field going back almost 100 years.

    When Bill pulls out all the stops there might be some wrinkle that hasn’t been seen on an NFL field for 30 or 40 years, you never know what he may break out when everything is on the line for a championship. Or some combination of things combining ideas from different eras for something that isn’t on game film anywhere. Goff never stood a chance.

  3. Best NFL coach ever. Not even close. But if you want to talk about the best amongst North American coaches, in any sport, you better not leave out Dan Gable (look him up), Scotty Bowman, or John Wooden. Three greats, and didn’t even have to think about it.

  4. tfootball1234 says:
    April 21, 2019 at 11:43 am
    I agree, but there will forever be the “what if he never had TB” question.

    Bill Walsh was 8-24 without Montana

  5. exinsidetrader says: Browns fired the smartest and greatest coach in the history of the NFL..
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    Not true because the Browns were retired and the team officially became the Baltimore NFL franchise (awaiting nickname) on Feb 9, 1996 with Belichick the HC – but a week afterwards (on Feb 15th) Modell fired him. So Belichick was technically Baltimore’s first HC.

  6. Agree wholeheartedly that BB could be the best coach in any sport. Another poster mentioned Scotty Bowman, agree with that too. 8 Stanley Cups in the modern era is nothing to sneeze at.

  7. He is a great coach, no question. He is not a people/fan/press friendly person, but I’d vote him the best of all time. I’d also vote TB as the QB-Goat. I would bet that without each other they both would still ultimately voted into the Hall of fame. Together made them better, no doubt. No need to ask “what if. “

  8. As Dolphin fan who’s team also had one of the best coaches of all time I would say Belichick is the greatest. I don’t think what he has achieved and is still doing it will ever be matched. Players today are a different animal, the star players are probably more powerful than the coach. Players aren’t frightened by the coaches today. Most players chase the money but he has control over the modern day player that I don’t think you will see again. Year after year he produces great football teams with players other coaches would not get near the same level of performance. He makes mistakes but he always gets it done. He’s done it for so long there are Patriot fans who think competing for championships every year is a given. That for me is the most remarkable thing.

  9. As a dolphins fan here shula is the goat but nobody can deny what BB has accomplished it’s unreal and I can argue till I’m blue in the face why I think shula is better with a pats fan and I know I’ll lose the guy lives and breathes football and is one of a kind

  10. He learned from some great minds and he just built on top of that. Hes taking coaching/gm work to another level he’s a living legend Long live coach belichick!

  11. You look at what BB has done over the years with all the roster turn over from FA, injuries, trades, retirements or being released. It kills most teams to lose high quality players but the Patriots keep on rolling. His ability and willingness to adapt is second to none. He once said “stats” are for losers. He coaches situational football. You hear the experts talk about “a teams identity” trying to figure out what the Patriots will do weekly is maddening. He has Brady.. Miami had Marino, GB had farve and Rodgers, Denver had Elway, colts had Peyton Etc. So what’s your point?

  12. Prior to September 30, 2001, Bill Belichek had head coached 98 NFL games and his record was 41-57. He was 5-13 with the Patriots at the time. If he were fired then and never got an NFL HC job again, everyone would agree, he was a bad HC. Tom Brady started on September 30, 2001, and since then Belichek’s record is 220-66. Where was all the Belichek magic the first 98 games of his HC career? Remember, Tom Brady’s first year as a starter, he went 14-3 and won a Super Bowl on a team that started 0-2 and went 5-11 the year before. I guess it’s a coincidence.

    John Wooden won NCAA titles before Alcindor. Between Alcindor and Walton. And after Walton.

  13. joebailey2040 says:
    April 22, 2019 at 5:19 am
    Prior to September 30, 2001, Bill Belichek had head coached 98 NFL games and his record was 41-57. He was 5-13 with the Patriots at the time. If he were fired then and never got an NFL HC job again, everyone would agree, he was a bad HC. Tom Brady started on September 30, 2001, and since then Belichek’s record is 220-66. Where was all the Belichek magic the first 98 games of his HC career? Remember, Tom Brady’s first year as a starter, he went 14-3 and won a Super Bowl on a team that started 0-2 and went 5-11 the year before. I guess it’s a coincidence.

    John Wooden won NCAA titles before Alcindor. Between Alcindor and Walton. And after Walton.
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    ^This, the absolute truth Patriots fans don’t want to hear.

  14. tfootball1234 says:
    April 21, 2019 at 11:43 am
    I agree, but there will forever be the “what if he never had TB” question.

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    No there won’t. Because he had Brady. You don’t ask what if Lombardi never had Starr, Landry never had Staubach, Walsh never had Montana. You have what ever you have. Having a great QB is part of what makes a coach great and there’s no way to measure what would have happened if it went a different way.

    Similarly, as great as Don Shula was, having Marino and never winning a Super Bowl is a negative.

  15. superpatriotsfan says:
    April 22, 2019 at 10:30 am
    joebailey2040 says:
    April 22, 2019 at 5:19 am
    Prior to September 30, 2001, Bill Belichek had head coached 98 NFL games and his record was 41-57. He was 5-13 with the Patriots at the time. If he were fired then and never got an NFL HC job again, everyone would agree, he was a bad HC. Tom Brady started on September 30, 2001, and since then Belichek’s record is 220-66. Where was all the Belichek magic the first 98 games of his HC career? Remember, Tom Brady’s first year as a starter, he went 14-3 and won a Super Bowl on a team that started 0-2 and went 5-11 the year before. I guess it’s a coincidence.

    John Wooden won NCAA titles before Alcindor. Between Alcindor and Walton. And after Walton.
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    ^This, the absolute truth Patriots fans don’t want to hear.

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    Patriots haters are always trying to pit Belichick and Brady fans against each other. Truth is Brady couldn’t have done it without BB and BB couldn’t have done it without Brady. It doesn’t take away from either of their individual accomplishments.

  16. superpatriotsfan says:
    April 22, 2019 at 9:23 am
    Joe Gibbs is the best HC of all time. He won 3 super bowls with 3 different QBs. Belichick could never do that.
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    And Gibbs could not have won 6 SBs with a single QB. I can make up meaningless scenarios too. At least I do not go to your Jets page and whine about them.

  17. Flash1287 says:
    April 21, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Bill Walsh was 8-24 without Montana

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    And Belichick is 55-61 without Brady with one playoff berth in 7 seasons.

  18. Yes he got Brady, drafted him in the 6th round. What people fail to understand is he kept 4 QBs on the roster that year and kept him as the starter when Bledsoe came back. Now compare that to say SD keeping rivers over Brees, Miami choosing Culpepper over Brees and 49ers keeping kap over Smith. Yeah but you’re right BB got lucky. Don’t even get me started on osweiler or Paxton Lynch. Great talent evaluating there I tell you.

  19. infectorman says:
    April 21, 2019 at 11:55 am
    PLayers make plays and coach.

    No coach means more than a solid player/playmaker
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    Think Jared Goff agrees with this?

  20. When Tom Brady came into the league , do you think was ready to start? BB taught him how to win, about reading defenses, about preparation, including relentless evisceration when he effed up. BB made Brady.

    What made Brady special was he took the coaching, he took the hits from Bill and the coaching staff, and learned that success is not given , but earned… relentless hard work. BB used that chip (6th round pick) on his shoulder to mold him in the best to ever play the game.

    This chicken vs the egg argument is silly. This relationship was symbiotic and it is doubtful either would have been as successful with out the other. IMO…

    Just sayin….

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