Bill Belichick

Cumulative stats (All positions)

Years Coached Wins / Losses / Ties Win % Playoff wins / Playoff losses Playoff win % Championship wins
43 409-249-1 62.06% 38-18 67.86% 7

Coaching Tree

Biography

Bill Belichick told his team to “Just do your job.” That philosophy has taken his teams to the Super Bowl five times with the New England Patriots and another as a defensive coordinator with the 1987 New York Giants. He has won the big game three times as a head coach and once as the assistant with the Giants.

In his 17 years as a head coach with the Cleveland Browns, Patriots and the one-day stint with the New York Jets, he has racked up 178 wins and exactly 100 losses as of week six of his 18th year, the 2012 season.

Once as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns he made the playoffs and nine other times he has coached a New England team to the postseason. He began his stint in Foxboro in 1996 at the ripe age of 44. He was an assistant with the secondary of the team. He helped the Patriots to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Brett Favre-quarterbacked, Mike Holmgren-coached Green Bay Packers 35-21. He was under head coach Bill Parcells at the time.

In his first year at the helm of the Patriots in 2000, the team looked to Washington State University standout and first-round draft pick Drew Bledsoe to lead it. However, the year 2000 marked Bledsoe’s seventh year with the team and in the league. New England finished the year with just wins to 11 losses.

Some say two plays changed the New England franchise. The second of the two plays was the now-infamous ‘Tuck Rule Game.’ The other took place in 2001 when Drew Bledsoe was hit by New York Jets defensive player Mo Lewis that knocked Bledsoe out of the game with internal bleeding.

In stepped Tom Brady, who is now one of the greatest quarterbacks in National Football League history. Belichick made the decision to stick with Brady for the rest of the season, even though Bledsoe was healthy.

What transpired over the next decade or so would become one of the greatest football dynasties to play the game. Under Belichick, New England set the record for most wins in a decade with 126. Second on the list for most wins in a decade is the 1984-1993 San Francisco 49ers, a franchise that finished that decade with 120 wins. During the stretch, he became the only head coach to win three Super Bowls in four years.

Belichick was named Coach of the Year in 2007 when he led his team to a 16-0 regular-season record, and by the time New England reached the Super Bowl, it was the first franchise in American professional sports history to open a season with 18 consecutive wins.*NFL.com. The New England Patriots became the fourth team in the 88-year history of the NFL to go undefeated in the regular season and the first to reach the achievement since the league expanded to a 16-game regular season.

The 2007 Patriots, arguably one of the greatest teams to play the game, did not win the Super Bowl as it lost to the New York Giants 17-14. The game is most commonly remembered as ‘The Helmet Catch,’ when Giants receiver David Tyree caught the Eli Manning pass on his helmet. Manning did one of the greatest jobs of eluding a tackle in Super Bowl history. In a Sports Illustrated interview, one of the New England defenders said he had such a grip on Manning’s jersey he could feel it rip. Manning said he didn’t know who was downfield, but saw a white jersey, chucked it in the air and hoped for the best. That was the first of Belichick’s Super Bowl losses. The other came in the 2011-12 season when the Patriots lost again to the Tom Coughlin-coached, Eli Manning-quarterbacked New York Giants.

Before the two losses, Belichick had coached his teams to three championships in 2001, 2003 and 2004. He is 17-7 in the playoffs as a head coach and boasts a .708 overall win percentage.

Before his time with the Patriots, Belichick bounced around for a bit of time before settling into his 12-year defensive role with, ironically enough, the New York Giants. He spent one year with the Baltimore Colts in 1975 as a 23-year-old special assistant and went to the Detroit Lions for two seasons as a special teams assistant. He also worked with the tight ends and wide receivers in Detroit.

Belichick spent the 1978 season with the Denver Broncos as a special teams assistance and defensive assistant. Then in 1979 at age 27, he began his work with the New York Giants. He started out as a special teams coach and began work with the linebackers in 1981, but became the defensive coordinator in 1985 at age 33.

Belichick remained in that role until he parted ways with the team in 1991 to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. He spent five full seasons at the helm in Cleveland, leading the team to a less-than-average 36-44. He was fired at the conclusion of the 1995 season when the Browns went 5-11 following an 11-5 season that saw Cleveland not only make, but win in the playoffs.

History

Year Franchise Position Wins / Losses / Ties Playoff wins / Playoff losses Championship win
2017 New England Patriots Head Coach 0-0-0 0-0
2016 New England Patriots Head Coach 14-2-0 3-0
2015 New England Patriots Head Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2014 New England Patriots Head Coach 12-4-0 3-0
2013 New England Patriots Head Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2012 New England Patriots Head Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2011 New England Patriots Head Coach 13-3-0 2-1
2010 New England Patriots Head Coach 14-2-0 0-1
2009 New England Patriots Head Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2008 New England Patriots Head Coach 11-5-0 0-0
2007 New England Patriots Head Coach 16-0-0 2-1
2006 New England Patriots Head Coach 12-4-0 2-1
2005 New England Patriots Head Coach 10-6-0 1-1
2004 New England Patriots Head Coach 14-2-0 3-0
2003 New England Patriots Head Coach 14-2-0 3-0
2002 New England Patriots Head Coach 9-7-0 0-0
2001 New England Patriots Head Coach 11-5-0 3-0
2000 New England Patriots Head Coach 5-11-0 0-0
1999 New York Jets Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1998 New York Jets Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach 12-4-0 1-1
1997 New York Jets Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach 9-7-0 0-0
1996 New England Patriots Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach 11-5-0 2-1
1995 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 5-11-0 0-0
1994 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 11-5-0 1-1
1993 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1992 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1991 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1990 New York Giants Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach / Defensive Coordinator 13-3-0 3-0
1989 New York Giants Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach / Defensive Coordinator 12-4-0 0-1
1988 New York Giants Defensive Coordinator 10-6-0 0-0
1987 New York Giants Defensive Coordinator 6-10-0 0-0
1986 New York Giants Defensive Coordinator 14-2-0 3-0
1985 New York Giants Defensive Coordinator 10-6-0 1-1
1984 New York Giants Linebackers Coach 9-7-0 1-1
1983 New York Giants Linebackers Coach 3-12-1 0-0
1982 New York Giants Assistant Linebackers Coach / Special Teams Coach 4-5-0 0-0
1981 New York Giants Assistant Linebackers Coach / Special Teams Coach 9-7-0 1-1
1980 New York Giants Special Teams Coach 4-12-0 0-0
1979 New York Giants Special Teams Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1978 Denver Broncos Defensive Assistant / Defensive Assistant Coach / Special Teams Assistant Coach 10-6-0 0-1
1977 Detroit Lions Special Teams Assistant Coach / Tight Ends Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 6-8-0 0-0
1976 Detroit Lions Wide Receivers Coach 6-8-0 0-0
1975 Baltimore Colts Staff Assistant 10-4-0 0-1

Fun Facts

  • Bill Belichick is currently the longest tenured coach (38 consecutive years of coaching)
  • Bill Belichick Has the most 13-Win seasons in NFL history (5)
  • 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.