I recently heard someone on ESPN label Bill Belichik as the greatest NFL coach of all time. I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with this one.
First off, when I look at great head coaches in the NFL, I have to take into account if they can build a team from scratch. Second, can they win with different quarterbacks. And third, can they do it with two different teams.
Bill Belichick inherited solid defensive players in Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest, Ty Law and Lawyer Milloy from the Pete Carol regime. Those players were natural leaders and were a big part in the first two Super Bowl victories.
Next, Belichick has no playoff victories without Tom Brady in the line up. Don Shula made five Super Bowl appearances with four different quarterbacks, Bill Parcells had three appearances with three different quarterbacks, Bill Cowher, two appearances, two quarterbacks. Tom Coughlin made two trips to the AFC title game with Mark Brunell and one Super Bowl victory with Eli Manning. Tony Dungy has playoff wins with four quarterbacks.
Third, well we know that Belichik's first coaching gig ended in complete disaster. After five years with the Cleveland Browns, his final season ended with a 5-11 record. Tony Dungy took possibly the worst franchise in NFL history and turned them into a dynasty in two seasons. Bill Parcells has no losing seasons as a head coach.
All I keep hearing is "Oh, he won three Super Bowls in four years." I hate to brake it to the Belichick fans, but he shouldn't have even been in Super Bowl 36. The tuck rule was the most infamous play in playoff history. None the less, since those three Super Bowls, what has he done for us lately?
The 2007 season was entertaining, but proved that if you can't close the most important game of the year, it doesn't matter how many points you score.
The fact of the matter is that he has half the wins of Shula, no success without Brady, and failed in his first go around. Bill Cowher was consistent for 15 years. Tom Coughlin took two teams from nothing. Parcells is in a league of his own, NY Giants, Patriots, NY Jets, Cowboys and Dolphins.
Remember, Chuck Nole won four Super Bowls in six years, Bill Walsh won four in a decade, and Belichick has no Super Bowls without Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel.
I my opinion, we can't overrate someone who has only shown most of his success comes from lucky brakes.