Bill Belichick is truly one for the aged

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick just turned 67, and there is no indication he’s interested in stopping anytime soon.

But if you look at his peer group (the best coaches in NFL history), you also realize he’s already an outlier, in terms of how long he’s done it.

As noted by Peter King of NBC’s Football Morning in America, of the top 15 coaches on the all-time win list, only three have coached beyond their 67th birthday. Belichick, Lord willing, will make that four this year.

The others who have continued past that age include George Halas (six years), Tom Coughlin (three), and Paul Brown (one).

While he may not be motivated by records, he is getting to the point where you reasonably wonder if he’s going to hang on long enough to break it. Don Shula currently tops the list with 347 (regular season and postseason), followed by Halas (324), and Belichick (292).

It would reasonably take five more seasons for Belichick to pass Shula for the top spot, which would put him at 72 — the same age at which Halas coached his last game. Since he has a quarterback who keeps denying Father Time also, it might be wrong to dismiss the idea.

16 responses to “Bill Belichick is truly one for the aged

  1. I’m a super huge Belichick fan. He’s outstanding!!!! But I don’t seeing him breaking Shula’s record. But I’d love to be wrong about that.

  2. The problem with these historical comparisons. Much like comparing statistical figures in different eras with different rule sets. Is the average life expectancy of a US male.

    Back in the mid 1960s when George Halas retired the average life expectancy of a US Male was just over 55 years of age. Today in the Belichick era it is over 76 years of age. A difference of roughly 20 years. Making what Halas did all the more impressive.

  3. Belichick does not need to surpass Shula’s 347 wins to prove anything. He is the greatest coach of all time. He has a record of 6-3 in the Championship while Don has a record of 2-4.

    Shula, after 1973, accumulated lots of regular season wins and early exits in the playoffs (and butt kickings in two Super Bowls). He wasn’t constrained by salary caps or free agency either. He just couldn’t get it done even with Marino.

  4. He could easily coach til 75 and clearly loves it, but I can him step back to be “only” GM in 3yrs time when Brady finally downgrades to be backup QB and team punter in 2023-2028…

  5. sigbouncer says:
    April 22, 2019 at 6:45 am
    The problem with these historical comparisons. Much like comparing statistical figures in different eras with different rule sets. Is the average life expectancy of a US male. Back in the mid 1960s when George Halas retired the average life expectancy of a US Male was just over 55 years of age. Today in the Belichick era it is over 76 years of age. A difference of roughly 20 years. Making what Halas did all the more impressive.
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    That’s some ripe and artificial salt there dude – firstly, Halas didn’t finally retire until May 27, 1968, he was 73 (Belichick is only 67). Secondly, Halas lived to be 88 (dying in 1983) and even today’s male life expectancy is only 76. Thirdly, Halas’ later coaching record (the last 21 years of it no less!) were relatively very poor with just one further title (1963), one conference loss and 19 seasons of getting absolutely nowhere.

  6. jackodn says:
    April 22, 2019 at 10:06 am

    US Male Life Expectancy in 1965: 66.8
    US Male Life Expectancy in 2018: 76

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    Yeah this is more accurate, my bad. I was using worldbank’s graph which showed the world data for male life expectancy and not the US.

    Still showing a 10 year difference in life expectancy from the time when Halas retired makes Halas coaching longevity more impressive. The equivalent of Halas coaching longevity today would be Belichick coaching at the age of 83.

    Halas won one NFL title with a 47-33-5 record after the age of 67 (Belichick’s current age).

  7. 0 – 2 vs Shula. When he was fired from the Browns he had the worst winning percentage of any Brown’s coach at the time. Caught in multiple cheating scandals. Anything else I missed?

  8. The energizer bunny just keeps going and going. I expect three years after Brady retires so Bill can prove to everyone that all those SB were him not Tom.

  9. This is not even a close call. Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all time. The number of games won in both post and regular seasons becomes irrelevant when one considers that Shula had his wins and Super Bowls prior to the salary cap era. Belichick has his Super Bowls and many regular season wins coaching during the salary cap era!

  10. You missed these interesting tidbits:

    You do know the team he built in Cleveland went on to form the basis for the Baltimore Superb Owl win, right?

    You do also know that Shula was involved in many dubious scandals himself? In fact he cost the Dolphins draft picks too. Look it up junior.

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    vaphinfan says:
    April 22, 2019 at 11:49 am
    0 – 2 vs Shula. When he was fired from the Browns he had the worst winning percentage of any Brown’s coach at the time. Caught in multiple cheating scandals. Anything else I missed?

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