New England Patriots: Ranking Bill Belichick's Seasons as Head Coach

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New England Patriots: Ranking Bill Belichick's Seasons as Head Coach
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The New England Patriots were warmly greeted by a proud throng of a few hundred fans as they returned home from their Super Bowl XLVI loss to the New York Giants this week.

For a team who fell a couple of plays short of a fourth Lombardi Trophy, the Patriots divided media opinion from the outset. For all their offensive firepower, their defensive struggles at points during the regular season led some analysts to declare the unit the worst in the league.

By extension, for all the praise heaped upon Bill Belichick for his coaching job with a young cast of relative unknowns on defense, his skills as a general manager came in for more criticism than ever before.

To offer some relief from the Super Bowl post-mortem for Patriots fans, I began to wonder where this season ranked among Belichick's 12 seasons as New England's head coach. But why stop there?

Ranking every season from 2000 to 2011, I have assessed Belichick on his skills as a coach and a general manager, not just on Super Bowl appearances and regular season records.

 

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