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Patriots coach Bill Belichick has growing fan club with his performance this season

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Gil Brandt, the former personnel executive who worked alongside Tom Landry for almost 30 years with the Cowboys, doesn’t want to hear that this year is one of Bill Belichick’s finest coaching jobs.

“Let me stop you right there,” Brandt said last week. “I don’t think it’s one of the finest. I think it is the best he’s ever done.”

Quite a lofty statement about a coach with five Super Bowl appearances (and three victories) in 14 seasons, with a 16-0 season on his résumé and about to secure his 11th straight season of 10 or more wins. But with the Patriots at 9-3 entering Sunday’s game, with the possibility of clinching yet another AFC East title, this year might be Belichick’s finest coaching job.

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