The current dean of NFL head coaches, Bill Belichick, has compiled quite a resume during his tenure with the Patriots. Here’s a look at some of the more outstanding streaks, feats, facts and figures during his 14 seasons in charge.
111 men that have made their head coaching debuts (either on a permanent or interim basis) for a team since Belichick was hired by Robert Kraft on January 27, 2000. While six teams have made just one head coaching move during that span (Eagles, Giants, Ravens, Steelers, Texans, Titans), seven others (Bills, Browns, Dolphins, Lions, Raiders, Rams, Redskins) have made at least half a dozen changes. In the AFC East alone the Bills (7), Dolphins (6), and Jets (4) average more than one coaching change per season during the Belichick era, a fact he can take some credit for.
26.9 points per game scored by the Patriots since Belichick took over the team, the highest in the NFL and 1.4 points per contest over the second and third place Colts and Packers (25.5). New Orleans is the only other NFL team to average over 25 points per game since 2000.
18.7 points per game allowed by New England since 2000, third lowest in the NFL. Only the Steelers (17.1) and Ravens (17.3) have been stingier. The Patriots are the only team to rank both in the top 5 in points per game for and against over that period.
5 seasons in which the Patriots average margin of victory exceeded 10 points per game.
3 quarterbacks—Drew Bledsoe, Tom Brady, Matt Cassel—who have started a game for Belichick’s Patriots. The only other team able to make the same claim is the Green Bay Packers (Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn). The Bears, Browns and Dolphins each had 17 different quarterbacks start for them over that time.
2 quarterbacks—Tom Brady and Matt Cassel—drafted by Belichick to go to the Pro Bowl. In fact, since 2000 they are two of the four quarterbacks taken in the fifth round or later to reach a Pro Bowl. Brady (6th) and Cassel (7th) are joined by Derek Anderson (6th) and Marc Bulger (6th).
3 individual 1,000-yard rushing seasons (Corey Dillon ‘04, Stevan Ridley ‘12, Antowain Smith ‘01) under Belichick.
10 individual 1,000-yard receiving seasons (Wes Welker [5 times], Randy Moss , Troy Brown, Rob Gronkowski) under Belichick.
21 straight regular season and postseason games won by Belichick’s team from October 5, 2003 to October 24, 2004, the longest string of wins in NFL history. The Pats also are tied for the third longest winning streak in league history, having won 18 straight games during the 2007 regular season and 2008 playoffs.
10 consecutive postseason games Belichick’s teams won from 2001 to 2005.
17 total playoff games Belichick has won for the Patriots, the most of any head coach since 2000. Andy Reid is the only other man in double-digits (10) while John Harbaugh (9) and Tom Coughlin (8) round out the top 4.
151 regular season wins for the Patriots under Belichick. That’s 26 more victories for any coach during that span, outdistancing Philadelphia’s (and now Kansas City’s) Reid. Mike Shanahan (106), Tony Dungy (104), Jeff Fisher (104) and Tom Coughlin (102) are next, yet well behind Belichick.
3 Super Bowl victories since 2000, making he and New York’s Tom Couglin (2) the only head coaches to take home multiple Lombardi Trophies during this era.
.822 winning percentage including the postseason, at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002. Overall Belichick’s home winning percentage in Foxborough is .788.
.661 New England’s winning percentage in regular season and playoff road games under Belichick.
.744 regular season winning percentage against AFC East opposition. Belichick is 17-9 against Miami, 18-8 against the Jets and 23-3 against Buffalo.
30 teams have a losing record against Belichick’s Patriots. Only the Denver Broncos (5-5) have been able to at least break even.
4 teams, the Cowboys, Eagles, Falcons and Jaguars have a combined 0-13 mark against the Patriots with Belichick.
3 former Belichick assistants with the Patriots—Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Josh McDaniels—who became NFL head coaches.
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