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Bill Belichick: New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Believes He's Best Ever

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Denver Broncos during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 22, 2012

Three Super Bowl rings in 11 seasons while being labeled as an NFL dynasty—you can certainly understand why Bill Belichick is considered to be one of the greatest coaches in NFL history.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft certainly believes but, but he believes that Belichick stands alone

“I think he’ll go down as the greatest coach in the history of the NFL, because he’s really competing in the era of the salary cap. When I bought the team, it was the beginning of the salary cap, and I think a lot of great coaches had difficulty understanding how to balance the economics of the game and the budgets. His product knowledge is so great.”

Competing in the era of the salary cap—that is something that is rarely brought up but is such an impressive part in Belichick's remarkable reign as New England's head coach. 

In those 11 seasons, Belichick has not only won three Super Bowls, but he's been to four, he's coached his team to six AFC championships and he has made the playoffs nine times, as well as being the man who is responsible for drafting quarterback Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick in 2000. 

Belichick certainly ranks right up there Vince Lombardi, George Halas, Paul Brown, Bill Walsh, Chuck Noll and Don Shula, but if Belichick wins two more games—which includes the AFC championship and Super Bowl XLVI—then I believe it's safe to say that Belichick is the greatest coach in NFL history. 

 

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