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Kliff Kingsbury thinks the NFL Coach of the Year Award should be named after Bill Belichick

"Until he retires, I don’t think anybody else should get that award, honestly."

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Bill Belichick during the Patriots' win over the Bills. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

The Bruins defeated the Oilers, 3-2, on Thursday. Among the goal-scorers for Boston was Jake DeBrusk, whose father was able to enjoy a rare moment as a commentator:

And tonight, the Celtics face the Suns at 10 p.m.

Kliff Kingsbury on Bill Belichick: The Patriots’ unlikely emergence as AFC leaders at 9-4 has inevitably moved Bill Belichick into the conversation for NFL Coach of the Year.

Of course, there are other potential candidates for the award, including a former Belichick draft pick: Kliff Kingsbury. The Cardinals head coach has led his team to a 10-2 record (currently best in the NFC).

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Kingsbury, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2003 draft by the Patriots, was asked what it felt like to be discussed for the same award as Belichick. He had high praise for his former coach.

“I mean, they should just name the award ‘Bill Belichick,’” Kingsbury joked. “Until he retires, I don’t think anybody else should get that award, honestly. He should be that any single year that he’s coaching.”

Belichick has won the Coach of the Year award on three occasions: 2003, 2007, and 2010.

Trivia: Kliff Kingsbury was drafted by the Patriots in 2003 but did not play for the team that season (ending up on Injured Reserve). Who were the backup quarterbacks to Tom Brady that year?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: One came from LSU, the other from Washington.

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