The New England Patriots are on their way to potentially hoisting their sixth Lombardi Trophy. This team continues to dominate in the NFL, making nine Super Bowl appearances since the 2001 season. But this dynasty probably doesn’t exist without one man: Bill Belichick. Nineteen years ago today, the Patriots hired Belichick as their head coach.
Before Belichick arrived in Foxborough, he served as the Cleveland Browns’ head coach from 1991-1995. And his coaching resume at the time was horrible.
Bill Belichick was hired as Patriots head coach 19 years ago today.
His HC resume at the time:
🔻 36-44 record
🔻 1 playoff win
🔻 Resigned from Jets after one day pic.twitter.com/3MvwuAJVqA
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 27, 2019
Because of Belichick’s mediocre resume, the hiring drew mixed reviews from around the league.
The Patriots hired a new head coach 19 years ago today. Here's what some people thought of the hire at the time. pic.twitter.com/QD6nl2QRYt
— Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar) January 27, 2019
Now, let’s fast forward 19 years later. It’s no secret that Patriots owner Robert Kraft made the right decision by hiring Belichick. Over those 19 seasons, the Patriots are 304-225 in the regular season and 29-10 in the postseason. Oh, and let’s not forget this: They won five Super Bowls in eight appearances.
While the Patriots made the right hire at the time, other franchises struggled finding the right coach.
On this day 19 years ago, the Patriots hired Bill Belichick as their head coach. Since that time, the rest of the NFL has employed 184 head coaches combined.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 27, 2019
Belichick is arguably the best head coach of all time. There’s nothing else to say.
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