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Bill Belichick

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
45 445-260-1 63.10% 43-20 68.25%

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Biography

Bill Belichick is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and has been the head coach for the New England Patriots since 2000. During this time period, the Patriots compiled a 237-83-0 record. During his career he was a head coach for twenty-five seasons, first with the Cleveland Browns. He led the Browns for five seasons, compiling a record of 36-44-0. His next head coaching stint was with the New England Patriots from 2000 to 2019, as he led the team to a 237-83-0 record. During his time leading the Patriots the team won the Super Bowl in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, and 2018. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 273-127-0 across twenty-five seasons including going 31-12-0 in the playoffs. Throughout Belichick's coaching career his teams led the league in victories four times, most recently in 2016.

Belichick won the NFL's Coach of the Year award three times throughout his career, most recently in 2010 after guiding the Patriots to a 14-2-0 record and a berth in the playoffs. During his time as defensive coordinator and head coach he coached five players to award-winning seasons. As the defensive coordinator for the Giants Lawrence Taylor won AP Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player. As the head coach for the Patriots Tom Brady won AP Offensive Player of the Year (2), Comeback Player of the Year, and Most Valuable Player (3); Rob Gronkowski won Comeback Player of the Year; Tedy Bruschi won Comeback Player of the Year; and Jerod Mayo won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Playing Career

Before Belichick began his coaching career, he was a multi-sport athlete at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He played center and tight end for the football team, was captain of the lacrosse team during his senior year, and also played squash.

Coaching Career

Baltimore Colts

After graduation, Belichick accepted a staff assistant position in 1975 with the Baltimore Colts under head coach Ted Marchibroda. In Belichick’s first season in the NFL, the Colts finished the season 10-4, tied for first in the AFC East, losing in the Divisional round to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Detroit Lions

After only a single season with the Colts, Belichick was hired by the Detroit Lions in 1976 to help with their special teams. The following season, he added wide receiver and tight end coach to his responsibilities.

Denver Broncos

In 1978 Belichick accepted a position with the Denver Broncos to assist with special teams and assist defensive coordinator Joe Collier. The Broncos finished the season 10-6 and first in the AFC West, losing in the playoffs to the Steelers.

New York Giants

In 1979, Belichick was hired by the New York Giants by new head coach Ray Perkins as their special teams coach. During the first four seasons under Perkins, the Giants went 23-34 with a single playoff appearance. After the 1982 season, Perkins stepped down as head coach to accept the head coaching position at the University of Alabama.

In the 1983 season, Belichick was promoted to linebackers coach to replace Bill Parcells who became the new head coach. In 1985, he was promoted again to defensive coordinator. During Belichick’s tenure under Parcells, the Giants won two Super Bowls (1986,1990) and made the playoffs three other seasons. The 1986 Giants is considered one of the greatest NFL teams ever with a defensive unit led by MVP linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Following the 1990 Super Bowl victory, Belichick accepted his first head coaching position.

Cleveland Browns

In 1991, Belichick was hired by the Cleveland Browns as their head coach. The Browns were coming off a 3-13 season, worst in franchise history. In Belichick’s first season as coach, the team improved to 6-10. The Browns continued to improve throughout his tenure, peaking at 11-5 in 1994 with their first playoff victory since 1989. During the 1995 season, the Browns owner Art Modell announced the team would be moving to Baltimore. That year, the team stumbled to a 5-11 finish and Belichick was fired at the conclusion of the season.

First Patriots Stint

After he was fired from the Browns, Belichick was hired by the New England Patriots in 1996 as the team’s assistant head coach and secondary coach under head coach Parcells. During his sole season as a Patriots assistant, the team went 11-5 and made an appearance in the Super Bowl, eventually losing to the Green Bay Packers 35-21.

New York Jets

In 1997, Belichick was originally selected as the head coach of the New York Jets when the team couldn’t hire Parcells. However, when the Patriots to let Parcells out of his contract, Parcells was named the Jets’ head coach for the 1997 season. This made Belichick once again the team’s assistant head coach and secondary coach. Written into Belichick’s contract was a clause that dictated Belichick would be the head coach after Parcells.

In 1998, during Belichick’s tenure with the Jets, the team won their division, their first divisional title since their Super Bowl victory in 1969. Following the 1999 season, Parcells stepped down and Belichick became the Jets’ new head coach. However, immediately before his introductory press conference, and after only a single day of being the team’s head coach, Belichick resigned.

Patriots Head Coach

After he stepped down from the Jets, Belichick was hired by the Patriots as the team’s new head coach. The Patriots went 5-11 in his first season as the head coach, but success soon followed. Between 2001 and 2004, the team won three Super Bowls and set numerous records in most league categories. The teams in 2003 and 2004 set a record for 21 consecutive victories (including playoffs), and their combined record of 34-4 set the record for most wins in two years.

The 2007 Patriots is considered one of the best teams in NFL history, despite losing in the Super Bowl. The team started the season 18-0 behind record-breaking performances by quarterback Tom Brady (50 touchdown passes in a year) and wide receiver Randy Moss (23 touchdown receptions in a year). However, the team lost to the Giants 17-14 in the big game.

Despite the continued success in the regular season, the Patriots failed to advance in the playoffs until 2011, when they once again lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl, 21-17. The Patriots proceeded to reel off seven straight AFC championships while winning 3 of 4 more Super Bowl appearances.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
2019 Head Coach 12-4-0 0-1
2018 Head Coach 11-5-0 3-0
2017 Head Coach 13-3-0 2-1
2016 Head Coach 14-2-0 3-0
2015 Head Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2014 Head Coach 12-4-0 3-0
2013 Head Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2012 Head Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2011 Head Coach 13-3-0 2-1
2010 Head Coach 14-2-0 0-1
2009 Head Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2008 Head Coach 11-5-0 0-0
2007 Head Coach 16-0-0 2-1
2006 Head Coach 12-4-0 2-1
2005 Head Coach 10-6-0 1-1
2004 Head Coach 14-2-0 3-0
2003 Head Coach 14-2-0 3-0
2002 Head Coach 9-7-0 0-0
2001 Head Coach 11-5-0 3-0
2000 Head Coach 5-11-0 0-0
1999 Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1998 Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach 12-4-0 1-1
1997 Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach 9-7-0 0-0
1996 Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach 11-5-0 2-1
1995 Head Coach 5-11-0 0-0
1994 Head Coach 11-5-0 1-1
1993 Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1992 Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1991 Head Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1990 Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach 13-3-0 3-0
1989 Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach 12-4-0 0-1
1988 Defensive Coordinator 10-6-0 0-0
1987 Defensive Coordinator 6-9-0 0-0
1986 Defensive Coordinator 14-2-0 3-0
1985 Defensive Coordinator 10-6-0 1-1
1984 Linebackers Coach 9-7-0 1-1
1983 Linebackers Coach 3-12-1 0-0
1982 Assistant Linebackers Coach / Special Teams Coach 4-5-0 0-0
1981 Assistant Linebackers Coach / Special Teams Coach 9-7-0 1-1
1980 Special Teams Coach 4-12-0 0-0
1979 Special Teams Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1978 Defensive Assistant Coach / Special Teams Assistant Coach 10-6-0 0-1
1977 Wide Receivers Coach / Tight Ends Coach / Special Teams Assistant Coach 6-8-0 0-0
1976 Special Teams Assistant Coach 6-8-0 0-0
1975 Staff Assistant 10-4-0 0-1

Coach history guide

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Fun Facts

  • Bill Belichick has amassed one of the largest collections of football books in the world, behind the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the USA Library of Congress.
  • Bill Belichick has amassed one of the largest collections of football books in the world, behind the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the USA Library of Congress.
  • Bill Belichick started to break down game film with his father at the age of 10.
  • Bill Belichick is the only man in NFL history to serve 20 or more seasons as an assistant coach and at least 15 seasons as a head coach.
  • Bill Belichick is the only coach for 20+ years as an assistant coach and 20+ years as a head coach.
  • Bill Belichick is the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl.