Bill Belichick is a phenomenal football coach. A great coach. A legendary coach. A Hall of Fame coach. It is difficult to overstate just how great Bill Belichick is at coaching football.
Unless you're Michael Irvin. Then it's nothing.
"I think the world of Belichick," Irvin told the Herald recently. "I told him this, 'Man, if it was up to me, that (Super Bowl) trophy would be called the Lombardi/Belichick.' I don't care what they think. It would be called the Lombardi/Belichick."
Yeah, that's going to happen around the same time that Major League Baseball renames the World Series MVP the Chick Gandil trophy.
Again, I think extremely highly of Bill Belichick as a coach. I think he's the best of his era. And I love Michael Irvin, too. I think he's a dynamic, insightful and passionate analyst.
There's just no chance of this happening.
I'm not suggesting that Super Bowl wins is the end-all, be-all measure for coaches, but Bill Belichick isn't head and shoulders above everyone else there. Joe Gibbs and Bill Walsh also have three rings, and Chuck Noll has four. As for Super Bowl appearances, Belichick has five, but so does Tom Landry, and Don Shula has six.
Also, there was this.
I know Patriots fans don't want to be reminded of that, but it happened, and even the slightest hint of cheating is enough to keep a guy's name off a trophy that prestigious. We're also not going to have the Bill Romanowski Award for Excellence in Linebacking, in case anyone was wondering.