If you’re a Patriots fan, you love him. If you aren’t, chances are you don’t like him very much. One thing can be agreed upon by all:
Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches – if not the greatest coach – the NFL has ever seen.
You don’t have to like him, but you have to respect what he has done to the Patriots franchise in 17 years.
Belichick Is No. 1 If You Look At His Numbers
In New England, Belichick has been to more Super Bowls (seven) and won more (five) than any other coach in history.
His record is an astounding 201-71 (73.5 winning percentage) since being hired by the Patriots in 2000.
Not only is Belichick a phenomenal head coach, he is exceptional at finding and honing talent. Belichick has extensive authority over the day-to-day football operations, essentially making him New England’s general manager, something that several head coaches had tried to balance in the past to no avail.
Tom Brady And Belichick Have Won Five Super Bowls Together
So what does it take to play for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots? You’re first thought is probably, “Well, you have to follow ‘The Patriot Way.'”
But no one really seems to know what that means.
Beloved Patriots running back Kevin Faulk, who Belichick himself called “One of the most unselfish players” he had ever coached, penned an essay for The Players’ Tribune the night before the Pats were to take on the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. In it, Faulk explained “The Patriot Way”:
“The Patriot Way ain’t about nothing but winning, man.
See, Coach Belichick is the kind of guy who doesn’t care what you do on your own time. He wants you to know football and he wants you to come to work every day and do your job to the best of your ability. Anything else, he doesn’t really care.”
NFL Sanctions Couldn’t Stop Belichick & Co. From Another Ring
At Ohio State’s coaching clinic over Easter weekend, Belichick shed a little of his own light into what the most important traits he looks for in players are:
“For me, tough, smart, dependable. That’s where I would start. Tough – mentally and physically. Smart – good decisions, good football understanding, high football IQ. Dependable – [in] critical situations, you can count on those players to perform under pressure. You can count on those players to execute what you want to execute as a team. The tougher the game, the more critical the game, the more important the situation, the more I want the tough, smart, dependable player in the game, in the eye of the storm, making a decision that needs to be made for us to win.
“We all want great players; we all want as many as we can get. But in the end, there’s a cap on that – I don’t care where you are or what program you’re in. We all have some good ones, maybe a few more than others here or there. But in the end, that’s the way most teams are comprised. It’s the bulk of the rest of the players that you need to decide based on your scheme, the style of play you want to be.”
That statement got us to thinking…