Where Does The Patriots’ Bill Belichick Rank In SI’s Top 10 BEST ALL-TIME Coaches?
There is little question that Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick will be inducted to the NFL Hall Of Fame, it’s just a matter of when.
All he has done in his 18 years as a NFL head coach (5 years with Cleveland and 13 years with New England) is post a 185-101 regular season record. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he is 17-7 in the playoffs including three Super Bowl Championships (out of 5 total appearances). He is also 3 time AP coach of the year winner.
And his stellar career as assistant coach is nothing to shake a stick at.
So with that being said, where does “The Hoodie” rank in history amongst the other great coaching minds in NFL history?
You may be a very SURPRISED or even SHOCKED where William Stephen “Bill” Belichick ranks….
10. Bill Parcells (TWO Super Bowls Titles, Reg. Season 172-130-1 , Post Season 11-8)-NY Giants, New England Patriots, NY Jets & Dallas Cowboys
9. Joe Gibbs (THREE Super Bowl Titles, Reg. Season 155-94, Post Season 17-7 )-Washington Redskins (2x)
8. Tom Landry (TWO Super Bowl Titles, Reg. Season 250-162-7, Post Season 20-16)-Dallas Cowboys
7. Bill Belichick (THREE Super Bowl Titles, Reg Season 185-101, Post Season 17-7)-New England Patriots
6. Don Shula (TWO Super Bowl Titles, Reg. Season 328–156–6 (went undefeated in 1972), Post Season 19-17)-Baltimore Colts & Miami Dolphins
5. George Halas (SIX NFL Titles, Reg. Season 318–148–31, Post Season 6-4)-Chicago Bears
4. Chuck Noll (FOUR Super Bowl Titles, Reg. Season 193-148-1 , Post Season 16-8 )-Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Bill Walsh (THREE Super Bowl Titles, Reg. Season 92-59-1, Post Season 10-4)-San Francisco 49ers
2. Paul Brown (THREE NFL Titles, Reg. Season 166–100–6, Post Season 4-8)-Cleveland Browns & Cincinnati Bengals
1.Vince Lombardi (SIX NFL Titles, TWO Super Bowl Titles, Reg. Season 96-34-6, Post Season 9-1)-Green Bay Packers & Washington Redskins
That is one hell of a list.
The who’s who collection of football masterminds, but is SI’s list dead on?
BST&N does not think so. Paul Brown was the Cleveland Browns and had a great run with them prior to and when they joined the NFL. He also founded the Cincinnati Bengals trying to stick it to the Browns after a bitter break up, but he is NOT Top 5 worthy especially with a 4-8 playoff record. Doesn’t look like a “rough and tough” road to his three NFL Titles.
With that being said here is the BST&N’s Top 5:
5. Bill Walsh-He had Joe Montana & he only coached 10 years.
4.George Halas-Same as Paul Brown, how tough was his road to six NFL Titles with a 6-4 playoff record?
3. Bill Belichick-Five Super Bowl appearances with three victories. He was probably ranked so low due to “Spygate”.
2. Chuck Noll-Four Super Bowl titles and a 16-8 playoff record speaks for itself.
1. Vince Lombardi-EIGHT total titles and he wrote the book on coaching.
Bill Belichick would pass Chuck Noll with TWO more Super Bowl victories. Noll was 4-0 in the big game.
What is your Top 5?
Let the debate begin!