The Great One: 5 Reasons Bill Belichick is the best

With Bill Belichick recording his 325th win Sunday to eclipse George Halas for second place on the NFL’s all-time wins list behind Don Shula (347) — it’s time to put the argument about who is the greatest NFL coach to rest.Spoiler alert: It’s Belichick.Why is The Hoodie No. 1?Here are five reasons:–Turning a franchise around: It’s no secret that the before times (pre-Belichick) were mainly bad — really bad — times for the Patriots.The team made only four playoff appearances from their inception in 1960 to 1984 while posting 12 losing seasons and winning just two division titles. The Patriots were crushed by the Bears in Super Bowl XX, almost moved to St. Louis in 1994 after five consecutive double-digit-loss seasons and were throttled by the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI.A few years after that loss to the Packers, Belichick came along and transformed the once moribund franchise into an unprecedented two-decade dynasty.–Playoff success: Belichick’s numbers during his Patriots tenure speak for themselves, and no other coach comes close to these astounding numbers: six Super Bowl titles in nine appearances, 17 AFC East titles, 13 AFC title game appearances and no losing seasons from 2001-19.Belichick’s Patriots are also one of only two teams to win three Super Bowls in four years (Dallas Cowboys, 1993-96). Not to mention he’s the record holder for playoff wins with 31 — 11 more than Tom Landry, the next coach on the list. Just another record that won’t be touched.–Best coach-QB combo: As great a coach and strategist as Belichick is, he needs his players to perform. Luckily for him and the Patriots, Tom Brady stepped in for an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001 and guided the team to its first Super Bowl win, a stunning upset of the heavily favored St. Louis Rams.That was just the beginning, as the Patriots appeared in half of all Super Bowls played during Brady’s 18 seasons as the starter and won two-thirds of those. Brady and Belichick also hold the records for the most Super Bowl appearances and victories by a player and head coach.

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