The head coach of a football team. What can you say about them? They do just about any and everything to win and put forth the best game plan to help their football team. That entire sentence can go for any level of football in regards to coaching. Let’s rattle off the names of some of the best coaches in the game right now in both college and the NFL. When I think of the college game, Urban Meyer and Nick Saban instantly come to mind. Wherever Urban has been, he’s won and Saban, well his resume speaks for himself. He’s led Alabama to four of the last six National Titles. Then, we look at the NFL. There’s Mike Tomlin who’s one of two African-Americans to win the Super Bowl as a head coach and Bruce Arians has also become one of the best in the business as well. In his first year, the Cardinals won ten games and missed the playoffs. Those four I listed are great, then, you have a man that’s in a class of his own. Mr. Bill Belichick.
What’s made coach Belichick the quintessential head coach in our game today you ask? Let’s look at the numbers, shall we? He has a record of 223-113 in his 16 years as head coach of the New England Patriots when you do the math, that’s an average of 13 wins per season which leads me to point number two. The Patriots are penciled to win between 12-14 wins a year which is remarkable. He’s even gone above that number and led the Patriots to a perfect 16-0 mark in 2007 and he’s the first coach in NFL history to accomplish that. He’s a three-time coach of the year winning the award in 2003, 2007 and 2010, he’s been to the Super Bowl a total of six times going 4-2 in the big game in his career and he’s led the Patriots to 13 AFC East division titles within a 15-year span. The accolades speak for themselves but I’m here to talk about what’s made him so great especially now as the Patriots are off to another quick 3-0 and they’ve done this without Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Rob Ninkovich.
When week one approached, I stated that if the New England Patriots were to win their opener in Arizona, give him coach of the year right then and there. He started a quarterback filling in for a legend, he doesn’t have his best offensive weapon that makes the offense go and the defense was missing a key guy as well. No problem at all. They win that game, win last week against Miami and Jimmy Garoppolo got hurt in that game. Now, what route would the Patriots go? Rookie Jacoby Brissett was next in line and last night, the Patriots shut down the Houston Texans, 27-0. No Brady, No Gronk, No Ninkovich, no problem. Bill Belichick has proven why he is still the best coach in the game today and he doesn’t need key players on the field to win. He implements the best game plan, he takes away what it is that you like to do best as an offense and he’s a firm believer in that next man up mentality. You can say he’s evil, disrespectful and rude all you want too, but make sure you include that he’s a winner.