- Bill Belichick
DateOfBirth=birth date and age|1952|4|16
Awards=2x AP NFL Coach of the Year (2003, 2007)
Super Bowl XXXIX
Super Bowl XXXVIII
Super Bowl XXXVI
(Assistant Special Teams Coach)
(Wide Receivers Coach)
(Tight Ends Coach)
(Assistant Special Teams Coach)
New York Giants
(Special Teams Coach)
New York Giants
(Special Teams Coach)
New York Giants
New England Patriots
(Assistant Head Coach)
New York Jets
(Assistant Head Coach)
(Defensive Backs Coach)
New England Patriots
William Stephen Belichick (born
April 16, 1952in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American footballhead coach for the New England Patriotsof the National Football League. After spending his first 15 seasons in the league as an assistant coach, Belichick got his first head coaching job with the Cleveland Brownsin 1991. Of his five seasons coaching Cleveland, only one featured a winning record, and Belichick did not serve as head coach again until 2000 with the Patriots. Since then, Belichick has coached the Patriots to four Super Bowls; three victories in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX and a loss in Super Bowl XLII. He was named the AP NFL Coach of the Year twice, for the 2003 and 2007 seasons. During the 2007 season, the NFL penalized Belichick for his involvement in the illegal videotaping of opponents' defensive signals, referred to in the press as Spygate. During the same season, the Patriots went 16–0 in the regular season but failed to become the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphinsto go undefeated following their Super Bowl XLIIloss to the New York Giants.
Belichick was born in
Nashville, Tennessee, and raised in Annapolis, where his father Steve Belichick, a former Detroit Lionsplayer and ethnic Croat, was an assistant football coach at the United States Naval Academy. After graduating from Annapolis High Schoolhe attended Phillips Academyin Andover, Massachusettsfor a postgraduate year. Belichick subsequently attended Wesleyan Universityin Middletown, Connecticutwhere he played center/tight end. In addition to being a member of the football team, he also played lacrosseand squash, serving as the captain of the lacrosse team during his senior season. He is a member of Chi Psifraternity and graduated in 1975 with a degree in economics.
Early coaching positions
After graduating, he took a $25-per-week job as an assistant to Baltimore Colts head coach
Ted Marchibrodain 1975. In 1976, Belichick joined the Detroit Lionsas their assistant special teams coach before adding tight ends and wide receivers to his coaching duties in 1978. He then spent one year in 1978 with the Denver Broncosas their assistant special teams coach and defensive assistant. Belichick then began his 12-year stint with the New York Giantsand head coach Ray Perkinsin 1979 as a defensive assistant and special teams coach. He added linebackers coaching to his duties in 1980 and was named defensive coordinator in 1985 under head coach Bill Parcells, who had replaced Perkins in 1983. The Giants won Super Bowls following the 1986 and 1990 seasons. His defensive game plan from the New York Giants' 20-19 upset of the Buffalo Billsin Super Bowl XXVis now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as is his defensive game plan from the Patriots' 20-17 win over the St. Louis Ramsin Super Bowl XXXVI.
From 1991 until 1995, Belichick was the head coach of the
Cleveland Browns. During his tenure in Cleveland he compiled a 36–44 record, leading the team to its most recent playoff game win in 1994. Based on his performance, many fans in Cleveland think of him as an uncommunicative, dictatorial and arrogant coach who made many questionable moves, including benching and then cutting much-beloved quarterback Bernie Kosarin 1993 in order to replace him with Vinny Testaverde, a move that sparked great controversy in the area. In Belichick's last season in Cleveland the Browns finished 5–11. In November that year Browns owner Art Modellannounced he would move the team to Baltimore after the season. Belichick was fired early in February 1996. [cite web | url=http://www.allthingsbillbelichick.com/archive90.htm | title=All Things Bill Belichick: 1990s Archive]
New England Patriots (1996)
After leaving Cleveland, Belichick served under Parcells again as assistant head coach and defensive backs coach with the Patriots for the 1996 season. The Patriots finished with an 11-5 record, won the AFC championship, but lost to the
Green Bay Packersat Super Bowl XXXI.
New York Jets
Soon after Super Bowl XXXI, Belichick (and most of the Patriots assistant coaches) migrated with Parcells to the
New York Jets. Belichick served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Jets from 1997 to 1999. When Parcells stepped down as head coach in 1999, Belichick became the new Jets head coach. However, Belichick's introduction to the media the following day turned out to be a surprise resignation announcement. Before taking the podium, he scrawled a resignation note on a sheet of loose leaf paper that read, in its entirety, "I resign as HC of the NYJ." He then delivered a half-hour speech explaining his resignation to the assembled press corps. [cite web | url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/pete_mcentegart/07/28/ten.spot/index.html | title=The 10 spot | publisher="SI.com" | author=Pete McEntegart | date= 2006-07-28] Shortly afterward, he accepted an offer from the Patriots to become their new head coach, who had previously tried to hire him away from the Jets. Parcells and the Jets claimed that Belichick was still under contract, and demanded compensation from the Patriots. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabueagreed, and the Patriots gave the Jets a first-round draft pick in 2000 in exchange for the right to hire Belichick. [cite web | url=http://www.patsfans.com/stories/display_story.php?story_id=2920 | title=How exactly will history judge Parcells? (Pt 3) | publisher="BosSports.net" | author=Bob George | date= 2006-01-13]
New England Patriots
Bill Belichick was named New England Patriots head coach in 2000, succeeding
The Patriots went 5-11 in the regular season and missed the playoffs. To date, this is Bill Belichick's only losing season with the Patriots.
The Patriots went 11-5 in the regular season, and defeated the
Oakland Raidersand Pittsburgh Steelerson the way to the Super Bowl. In Super Bowl XXXVI, Belichick's defense held the St. Louis Rams' offense, which had averaged 31 points during the season, to 17 points, and the Patriots won on a last second field goal by Adam Vinateri. The win was the first Super Bowlchampionship in Patriots history.
The Patriots went 9-7 and missed the playoffs.
The Patriots' season started with a 31-0 loss to the
Buffalo Billsin week 1 a few days after they released team defense captain Lawyer Milloy. The team went on to win 14 out of their remaining 15 games, including the last twelve of the regular season. In the final week of the regular season the Patriots avenged their loss to the Bills by the same 31-0 score. They defeated the Tennessee Titansin the AFC Divisional round. Playing against the Indianapolis Coltsand Co-MVP Peyton Manning( Steve McNairof the Titans was also Co-MVP) the Pats recorded 4 interceptions, and advanced to Super Bowl XXXVIII, where they defeated the Carolina Panthers32-29 on a late Adam Vinatierifield goal. Belichick also was awarded with the NFL Coach of the Year Award.
The Patriots once again went 14-2, and defeated the Colts in the AFC divisional round. They opened the season at 6-0, which combined with the 12 straight wins to end the previous regular season, broke the record for most wins in a row, formerly held by the
Miami Dolphinsduring and just after their perfect 1972 season, with 18 straight wins. They defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game. In Super Bowl XXXIXthe Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eaglesand became only the second team to win three Super Bowls in four years. Belichick is the only coach to accomplish this feat. Charlie Weisleft for the University of Notre Damefollowing the game, and Romeo Crennelbecame the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
With a new defensive coordinator in
Eric Manginiand no named offensive coordinator, the Patriots went 10-6 and defeated the Jacksonville Jaguarsin the Wild Card round before losing to the Denver Broncosin the divisional round.
The Patriots went 12-4 and defeated the
New York Jetsin the Wild Card round. They then beat the San Diego Chargersthe next week, before losing to the eventual Super Bowl XLIwinner Indianapolis Coltsin the AFC Championship game 38-34. The Patriots led 21-3 mid-way during the second quarter, and the Colts comeback was the largest in AFC playoff history since the Bills recovered from a 35-3 halftime deficit to beat the Houston Oilers.
Bill Belichick led the Patriots to the first perfect regular season since the introduction of the 16-game regular season schedule in 1978, only the fourth team to do so in National Football League history after the 1934 [ [http://www.chicagobears.com/tradition/history_30s.asp Highlights from the 1930s - Chicago Bears ] ] and 1942 Chicago Bears [ [http://www.chicagobears.com/tradition/history_40s.asp Highlights from the 1940s - Chicago Bears ] ] and 1972 Miami Dolphins. However, the Patriots were upset in
Super Bowl XLIIby the New York Giants[cite web | title = Sweet 16 and 0| publisher = sportsillustrated.com | url = http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/scoreboards/2007/12/29/2671_viewcast_recap.html?eref=T1 | accessdate=2007-12-29 ] The Patriots' failure to attain a "perfect season" (undefeated and untied, including playoffs) preserved the Miami Dolphinsas the sole team to do so, having finished their 1972 regular season at 14-0 and having won three games in the playoffs. The only other team in professional football with a perfect season was the 1948 Cleveland Browns (14–0) of the then All-America Football Conference. No team in the former American Football League had a perfect season.
Illegal sideline videotaping
In an incident dubbed "Spygate", [cite web
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September 9NFL security caught a Patriots video assistant taping the New York Jets' defensive signals from an on-field location. Jets coach Eric Mangini, a former Patriots assistant, tipped off league officials that the Patriots might have been filming their signals. After the game, the Jets formally complained to the league.
September 13, the NFL fined Belichick $500,000—the largest fine ever imposed on a coach in the league's 87-year history, [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3018338 ESPN - Belichick draws $500,000 fine, but avoids suspension - NFL ] ] and fined the Patriots $250,000. Additionally, the Patriots forfeited their first round draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Goodell said that he fined the Patriots as a team because Belichick is effectively the team's general manageras well as head coach, and exercises so much control over the Patriots' on-field operations that "his actions and decisions are properly attributed to the club." Goodell considered suspending Belichick, but decided that taking away draft picks would be more severe in the long run. [ [http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2007/09/14/big_fines_for_belichick_team/ Big fines for Belichick, Patriots - The Boston Globe ] ]
Belichick later issued a statement in which he apologized for what he called a "mistake" in his interpretation of the rules. However, he denied ever using videotape to gain an advantage while a game was underway. [ [http://www.patriots.com/search/index.cfm?ac=searchdetail&pid=27686&pcid=47&rss=1 Belichick statement at Patriots Web site] ]
Despite this incident, Belichick was awarded the 2007 NFL Coach of the Year Award, as voted on by the
Associated Press. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3179438 Belichick voted coach of year for second time in four years] . " ESPN", Accessed 2008-01-02.]
Although the Patriots are known for being secretive about the details of Belichick's contract, [ [http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2007/09/17/report_belichick_earns_new_deal/ Report: Belichick earns new deal] ] an
ESPN.comreport indicated that the Patriots had extended Belichick's contract, before the season began, through at least the 2013 season.
Overall record in New England
Under Belichick, the Patriots have gone 91–37 in eight seasons. The team has also gone 14–3 in the playoffs, and 3–1 in Super Bowls. They have also won five straight division titles (2003–2007) and six overall. The Patriots have also never lost to a regular season MVP in the playoffs (
Kurt Warnerin Super Bowl XXXVI, Peyton Manning and Steve McNair after the 2003 season, Manning in 2004, LaDainian Tomlinsonin 2006).
Head coaching record
February 14, 2007, seven members of Belichick's coaching treewere head coaches of either other NFL teams or NCAA Division Ifootball programs:
Romeo Crennel, Cleveland Browns
Eric Mangini, New York Jets
Nick Saban, University of Alabama
Charlie Weis, University of Notre Dame
Kirk Ferentz, University of Iowa
Al Groh, University of Virginia
Pat Hill, Fresno State University
In addition, eight former Belichick assistants now serve as coordinators, assistant head coaches, or executives for teams around the league:
Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots
Dean Pees, defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots
Scott Pioli, vice president of player personnel for the New England Patriots
Phil Savage, general manager for the Cleveland Browns
Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders
Jim Schwartz, defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans
Jeff Davidson, offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers
Belichick has been known to cultivate ties with the collegiate branches of his coaching tree: in the
2005 NFL Draft, the Patriots drafted two players from Fresno State, while in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Patriots drafted one Notre Dame player, and then signed two more as free agents after the draft.
In addition, Belichick is a devoted student of the game; during the offseason, he has spent significant amounts of time visiting with other programs to learn from their experiences. For example, he has studied the Navy run offense, sought Bill Walsh (in past years) to understand more about the
San Francisco 49ersas an organization and the West Coast offenseas a system, [cite web | url=http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=cr-walshinfluence073007&prov=yhoo&type=lgns | title=Unlikely influence | publisher="Yahoo! Sports" | author=Charles Robinson | date= 2007-07-30] and spent time with Jimmy Johnson to learn about drafting and contract negotiations.cite web | url=http://www.nbcsports.com/tomcurran/blog/2007/04/busmans_holiday_for_belichick.html | title=Busman's holiday for Belichick | publisher="NBCsports.com" | author=Tom Curran | date= 2007-04-03]
Similarly, in recent years, he has paid several visits to
University of Floridahead coach Urban Meyer. Meyer considers himself a protégé of Belichick and has tried to emulate Belichick's success at New England. [cite web | url=http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/archives/shots/belichick_in_gator_land.php | title=Belichick in Gator Land | publisher="Boston Sports Media" | author=David Scott | accessdate=2007-08-01] Rutgers Universityhead coach Greg Schianohas been an annual visitor to New England Patriots' mini-camps the last few seasons. Schiano has consulted with Belichick on a variety of topics, most notably defense. Schiano has rewritten his entire defense, creating a version of the Belichick 3-4 defense. Schiano uses more of a zone scheme than Belichick, but the traits are similar.cite web | url=http://officialnewenglandpatriots.wordpress.com/2007/06/06/greg-schiano-in-the-house-wednesday/ | title=Greg Schiano In The House | date= 2007-06-06] .
Belichick was married to Debby Clarke, but they divorced in the summer of 2006.cite web | url=http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2007/03/04/after_a_bruising_year_belichick_opens_up/ | title=After a bruising year, Belichick opens up | publisher="Boston Globe" | author=Bella English | date=
2007-03-04] They allegedly separated before the 2004 season, which was disclosed by the Patriots in July 2005. Belichick was also accused of maintaining a relationship with former Giants receptionist Sharon Shenocca which helped precipitate her divorce. [cite web | url=http://thetrack.bostonherald.com/moreTrack/view.bg?articleid=149076 | title=Belichick Named 'Other Man' in nasty N.J. Divorce | publisher="Boston Herald" | date= 2006-07-20] Belichick was seen with Linda Holliday of Jupiter, Floridaseveral times in Arizona during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLII. [cite web | url=http://falcon.heraldinteractive.com/track/inside_track/view.bg?articleid=1071126&format=&page=3&listingType=trak#articleFull | title=Super Stunner: Could Bundchen be to blame?!? | publisher="Boston Herald" | date= 2008-02-04] Belichick also had Sharon Shenocca flown in for the game. [cite web | url=http://falcon.heraldinteractive.com/track/inside_track/view.bg?articleid=1070505/ | title="Both" Beli-Chicks Touch Down For Bowl! | publisher="Boston Herald" | date= 2008-02-01] He has three children with Debby Clarke Belichick: Amanda, Stephen and Brian. Amanda is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where her father went to college. She currently works at Connecticut preparatory school Choate Rosemary Hall. Stephen is a lacrosseplayer who currently attends Rutgers Universityon scholarship. Stephen was placed on probation for six months following a marijuana possession conviction in 2006. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2644054 ESPN - Son of Belichick gets probation for marijuana arrest - NFL ] ] . Brian attends The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts.
Belichick is a
Croatian American. His father, Steve Belichick(born Steven Biličić), played for the Detroit Lionsand was an assistant coach and scout with the United States Naval Academyfootball team for 33 years. Bill reportedly learned to break down game films at a young age by watching his father and the Navy staff do their jobs. [Halberstam, David. "The Education of a Coach." Hyperion, 2005. (ISBN 1-4013-0879-1)] His paternal grandparents Ivan Biličić and Marija (Mary) Barković emigrated from Karlovac, Croatia(from the village of Draganić) in the 1897 and left for USA, where they settled in Monessen near Pittsburghhr icon [http://www.jutarnji.hr/clanak/art-2007,2,22,belichick_patriots,63704.jl Jutarnji list] Bill Belichick Djed iz Draganića uvijek mi je pričao o Hrvatskoj, Feb 02, 2007 ] .
Steve Belichick was an advisor on the sidelines of the Patriots through the 2004 season, and was famous for taking a hit accidentally from Patriots wide receiver
Troy Brownin a game in 2000; he was not hurt in the incident.
Media and entertainment
October 30, 2006installment of ESPN's Monday Night Countdown, he was featured in a makeover spoof with quarterback Tom Brady, which was done by the three main characters from " Ugly Betty" ( America Ferreraas Betty Suarez, Eric Mabiusas Daniel Meade, and Becki Newtonas Amanda). [cite web | url=http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20061027abc01 | title=THE cast of “Ugly Betty” gives Bill Belichick a fabulous mode makeover, transforming him into Tom Brady | publisher="The Futon Critic" | date= 2006-10-27] The end result: A photo of Belichick as "Ugly Bill!"
Madden NFLvideo game series his name is not used and is known as "NE Coach" because he is not a member of the NFLHCA ( NFL Head Coaches Association), which licenses the game. Belichick is the only NFL head coach who has chosen not to join the association. This also applied to Bill Parcellswhen he was Dallas Cowboys head coach because his contract with ESPNprohibited it.
*Belichick is well known as a fan of the rock band
Bon Jovi, who visited Patriots training camp on August 14, 2006. [cite web | url=http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2004/01/29/belichick_plugs_in_his_rocker_friend?mode=PF | title=Belichick plugs in his rocker friend | publisher="The Boston Globe" | date= 2004-01-29] Their 2002 song "Bounce" is dedicated to Belichick. [cite web | url=http://www.patriots.com/search/index.cfm?ac=searchdetail&pid=3915&pcid=43 | title=Bon Jovi on football: It's my life | publisher="New England Patriots" | date= 2002-08-29]
Spygatewere heavily referenced in the 2008 " South Park" episode " Eek, A Penis!."
Notes and references
* [http://www.allthingsbillbelichick.com All Things Bill Belichick]
* [http://www.allthingsbillbelichick.com/steveb.htm Stephen N. Belichick]
* [http://www.nfl.com/teams/coaches?coaType=head&team=NE Bill Belichick NFL.com coach page]
* [http://www.patriots.com/team/index.cfm?ac=playerbio&bio=506 Coaching history]
* [http://pro-football-reference.com/coaches/BeliBi0.htm Coaching record at pro-football-reference.com]
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