Happy 70th birthday, Bill Belichick

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In recent years, the NFL has seen a golden age of quarterbacking, with plenty of great old and young players at the position in the league at the same time. It’s also a golden age of coaching, with great young coaches complemented by men who are literally in their golden years.

Today, Patriots coach Bill Belichick joins Seahawks coach Pete Carroll as pro football’s pair of septuagenarians. Neither has shown any sign of even beginning to slow down.

Still, everyone has a limit to what they can do. George Halas retired from coaching at 73 because he had an arthritic hip that prevented him from fulfilling the physical demands of the job. Belichick, and Carroll, still can do it all — from the in-game movements to the non-stop grind, during the season and throughout the offseason.

Beyond the ability to do the job, anyone who coaches after 70 has to do the job well enough to keep it. If there’s any slippage at all, the older coach could be held to a higher standard as an owner becomes infatuated with the possibility of a younger head coach, state and federal prohibitions on age discrimination be damned.

It’s hard to imagine Belichick slipping enough to not be an NFL head coach. Even if the Patriots were to decide at some point to move on — and owner Robert Kraft has been surprisingly candid of late regarding his disappointments with draft choices and three years without a playoff win — Belichick would have other teams lining up for his services. Even if it would take a good five years for him to get the entire program where it needs to be.

However long he coaches, his current motivation is obvious. He knows that he needs to show that he can compete for championships without Tom Brady, especially since Brady has won one without Belichick. Brady could win more. The apples-to-apples comparison between Belichick and Brady will continue as long as both are in the league. At a time when both would otherwise be thinking about pulling the train into the station, the engines keep churning out thick clouds of burning coal.

47 responses to “Happy 70th birthday, Bill Belichick

  1. Yes it’s been 3 years without a playoff win but let’s not forget the first year was WITH Brady, his last year on the team. Second year was with Cam… certainly no expectations there. And last year was with Mac. Didn’t even know if they would make the playoffs. Robert should be more patient. It’s not like they haven’t won in a long time.

  2. Bill Belichick is celebrating his birthday by having a spirited Q&A on Lawrence Taylor….in which he will pivot into discussing the quality of the kicking game.

  3. Always loved how proud he was to represent his Croatian heritage. We aren’t the biggest country by any means, and we’ve over come a lot, so to see one of our own be great at something is inspirational.

  4. He knows that he needs to show that he can compete for championships without Tom Brady.

    ++++++++++++++++

    No, he already knows that he is nothing without Tom Brady. Now he is competing against Rex Ryan who took Jets to AFCCG with Mark Sanchez as a rookie.

  5. Did you know that Tom Brady has a career 70 rating against Bill’s defense? 😀

    Even Hoyer has a better rating against Bill. Brian Hoyer. 😂😂😂😂

    Guess Brady really ain’t all that after all without Bill or cheating.

  6. Imagine demanding respect for a system QB who was suspended for cheating and proved in week 4 last year that he needs Bill to be great a lot more than the other way around 😂😂😂😂😂

  7. Happy Birthday to the greatest GM and Coach in sports history.

    Never has a great performer at a craft been so criticized for being so great.

    The only GM or Coach to ever be colluded against due to said greatness to address financial imbalances in a sports league due to sustatined greatness and domination.

    Greatest ever.

  8. He needs to lose some weight and take care of himself better, especially important at his age.

  9. He can have the numbers but I’m taking Parcells 7 days a week and twice on Sunday(s).

  10. Montana, Manning, Young, Elway, Marino, Rodgers, Unitas, Brees, Graham, Favre.

    Some of the greatest QBs of this game and none of them were suspended for cheating.

    Imagine that. Becoming great because of hard work and talent and not cheating or relying on your team to win titles for you. Funny how that works. 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  11. Happy Birthday Bill,…. one of the best ever. And I’m no Patriots fan, just a football fan.
    Credit is given where credit is due.

  12. Tom Brady says:
    April 16, 2022 at 9:44 am
    Never gonna catch Shula, but 2nd place isn’t too shabby, just ask Peyton
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    Shula – 347 wins
    Belichick – 321 wins

    26 wins needed. 3 more years.

  13. patsbrat says:
    April 16, 2022 at 12:00 pm
    Tom Brady says:
    April 16, 2022 at 9:44 am
    Never gonna catch Shula, but 2nd place isn’t too shabby, just ask Peyton
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Shula – 347 wins
    Belichick – 321 wins

    26 wins needed. 3 more years.
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    Yes. That’s wins including playoffs. Doable.

    Regular season wins is gonna be a lot tougher. Bill is at 280. Shula at 328. That’s 5 seasons and unless Jones and the Patriots become great overnight I do not see Bill sticking around long enough for a shot at that – at least not in NE.

    Bill himself said players win games. How close he gets to either record depends a lot on Jones and whether he turns out to be all that or not.

  14. 26 wins

    ++++++++

    He needs 4 seasons to get it.

    Hopefully, Mr. Kraft will give him 4 years so that he will be completely exposed.

  15. The year Brady was suspended the Patriots won 3 of the 4 games he missed, and won a super bowl.

  16. The year Brady was injured in the first quarter of the first game, they won 11 games.

  17. Wish him all the best. He’s been a great for the league and is a blast to watch in interviews. The Brady thing will change a bit this year as the Bucs won’t win 9 games and the discussion around him will be about finally hanging it up.

  18. As a Pats fan I have come to realize that Brady was more responsible for all the winning than was BB .. and for his so called greatness as a coach why is he so horrid as a GM where his love of value has been getting killed recently on the field by actual talent usually selected in the higher rounds … so lets see how the defense rebuilds itself to recognize the modern game which is totally on BB and well the offense will just continue to be lame …. can see two no playoff games for the three seasons as the game bypasses the Krafts unless they put the legend out to pasture n take the kids with him. But sure would be nice to be proven wrong but well the eyes see wot they see !!.

  19. dynastydan says:
    April 16, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    The year Brady was injured in the first quarter of the first game, they won 11 games
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    And failed to make the playoffs.

  20. honkeyt says:
    April 16, 2022 at 11:12 am
    He can have the numbers but I’m taking Parcells 7 days a week and twice on Sunday(s).
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    Hopefully the Patriots do the right thing and keep Tuna out of the Patriots hall of fame. The way he bailed on the team during a Super Bowl run and tried to undermine the team after that is a disqualifier.

    Also just a .500 record with the Patriots so- no.

  21. Definitely not a fan of this guy. Proven cheater who has no respect for players, the game or reporters, for that matter…they have a job to do to, Bill. His win at all costs mentality is utterly disgraceful.

  22. dynastydan says:
    April 16, 2022 at 1:08 pm
    The year Brady was injured in the first quarter of the first game, they won 11 games.

    And that was 7 FEWER wins from the year before

    Did not beat a team with a winning record

    And did not make the playoffs

  23. 3 years since they last one a super bowl it takes time to build a strong contender.

  24. flash1224 says:
    April 16, 2022 at 2:28 pm
    dynastydan says:
    April 16, 2022 at 1:08 pm
    The year Brady was injured in the first quarter of the first game, they won 11 games.

    And that was 7 FEWER wins from the year before

    Did not beat a team with a winning record

    And did not make the playoffs
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    They blew the NFC champion Cardinals out of the stadium and won comfortably in Miami. Even that Steelers loss at home was closer than the score looked. Played their best football in December.

    In the end the defense took a huge step back and wasn’t good enough to overcome the downgrade at QB. Guys like O’Neal and Sanders shouldn’t have gotten snaps. But credit to Bill and the coaching staff for taking a guy like Cassel who was about to be cut and turning him into a more than serviceable starter who actually went to a pro bowl at one time.

  25. Hopefully the Patriots do the right thing and keep Tuna out of the Patriots hall of fame. The way he bailed on the team during a Super Bowl run and tried to undermine the team after that is a disqualifier.

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    Could not disagree with this point more. Yes, the way Parcells left was disingenuous, but Kraft pushed him into it. Kraft was an inexperienced owner that didn’t want to give 1 person too much control. Hence the famous shop for the groceries quote. However, the Pats were an NFL laughingstock before Parcells(and Kraft) got here. Then in 1995 they’re in the SBowl with a roster of outstanding young players, many of whom Belichick still had for their 1rst 3 SBowl wins. Kraft realized that was a mistake and gave Belichick the control Parcells wanted. The rest is history. For my money, Pats Nation owes the Tuna a huge debt of gratitude. The HOF would be a nice step. Amazing to think the only HCs Kraft has ever had in around 30 yrs is Parcells, Carroll and Belichick.

  26. FYI, in 2008, Jets, Bills and Dolphins won 19 out of 30 games against non-divisional teams.

    They played 3 playoff teams : dolphins, Steelers and chargers, won only one of them against dolphins.

  27. Massive respect for BB. He deserves a fanbase that appreciates his accomplishments instead of claiming them as their own.

  28. Tuna gave Belichick everything a DC could ask for, Belichick still accomplished nothing unless Parcel’s cheap offense gave first round bye and saved him in playoff.

  29. Happy birthday to the GOAT coach, the GOAT GM, the GOAT defensive mind.

  30. If the Patriots had kept Tom Brady, Bill Belichick would pass don Shula’s win record sometime in the 2023 season easily.

  31. tedmurph says:
    April 16, 2022 at 3:51 pm
    Hopefully the Patriots do the right thing and keep Tuna out of the Patriots hall of fame. The way he bailed on the team during a Super Bowl run and tried to undermine the team after that is a disqualifier.

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    Could not disagree with this point more. Yes, the way Parcells left was disingenuous, but Kraft pushed him into it. Kraft was an inexperienced owner that didn’t want to give 1 person too much control. Hence the famous shop for the groceries quote. However, the Pats were an NFL laughingstock before Parcells(and Kraft) got here. Then in 1995 they’re in the SBowl with a roster of outstanding young players, many of whom Belichick still had for their 1rst 3 SBowl wins. Kraft realized that was a mistake and gave Belichick the control Parcells wanted. The rest is history. For my money, Pats Nation owes the Tuna a huge debt of gratitude. The HOF would be a nice step. Amazing to think the only HCs Kraft has ever had in around 30 yrs is Parcells, Carroll and Belichick.
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    I get what you’re saying but again after he deliberately tried to undermine this team and torpedo them as a team on the rise in the mid 90’s all because of a grudge against Kraft then he has no place in the Patriots HOF.

    Remember it wasn’t just the way he bailed on the team during Super Bowl week or his horrible coaching job in that Super Bowl, or stealing Curtis Martin with a now banned poison pill contract, he also tried to stop the Patriots from getting any compensation after he left by pretending he was a Jets “consultant” when everyone knew he was their head coach. That’s when the league had to step in.

    Parcells was literally a .500 coach with the team so why do people think he was great here anyway. He isn’t even the second best coach this team has had. Fairbanks > Tuna.

    The Patriots HOF is not like Canton, it exists only for the fans. Tuna didn’t care about the Patriots or the fans, he cared only about himself. Canton yes. Pats HOF no way.

  32. Someone claimed that the reason Belichick was in Patriots HOF was because of Tom Brady.

  33. Brady – Belichick – cheating = Trent Dilfer at best.

    Nice little game manager with a little arm. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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