Belichick A Possible Candidate For NFL Coach Of The Year

December 31, 2013 4:17 PM
Belichick A Possible Candidate For NFL Coach Of The Year
By Gregory Hunt

" In winning 11 AFC East Division titles in the 14 seasons he has coached the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick has been a master of consistency. The 2013 season marks the 13th consecutive year in which the Patriots have finished above .500. The next longest such streak in the NFL is a mere four seasons, held by the Green Bay Packers.

Naturally, the one consistent factor in this stretch of excellence is the presence of quarterback Tom Brady. Brady and Belichick have combined for 148 wins, more than any other coach-quarterback tandem since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970. The next closest pair is the Miami Dolphins tandem of head coach Don Shula and quarterback Dan Marino, who accumulated 116 wins during a 13-year partnership.

However, football is a team sport, so while having a franchise quarterback certain helps put a team in a position to win a lot of games, a head coach needs plenty of talent elsewhere on the field in order to be successful. This is why Belichick’s coaching job in 2013 is so remarkable "

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