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End Of An Era: All Of Bill Belichick’s Best and Worst Moments

Darren - January 12, 2024
NFL

End Of An Era: All Of Bill Belichick’s Best and Worst Moments

Darren - January 12, 2024

Bill Belichick
Sports Illustrated

The Holey Shirt

Belichick found that one of the benefits of being the best in the business was that he could do whatever he wanted. Many people don Armani suits and Rolexes when they make it but he went in the opposite direction. In 2020, he rocked up to a press conference in a homeless man’s outfit (via Sports Illustrated).

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The New Yorker

Everybody knows that he loves sweatshirts with cut-off sleeves. But he wore one with many holes in it like somebody stubbed a cigarette on it. Meanwhile, his hair was messy and he had the facial expression of a man who wanted to be anywhere else. It was peak Belichick and a reason why he’s one of a kind.

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New York Post

Mac Jones

Belichick achieved many Draft masterstrokes in the early years of his New England tenure. But for all those hits, there were just as many (if not more) misses in the latter part of his run. Many fans thought that he pulled another rabbit out of the hat when Mac Jones fell into his lap in 2021. However, they jumped the gun because the former Crimson Tide starter wasn’t in the same mold. He had a similar physical appearance to Tom Brady and a decent record in Alabama (via Boston.com).

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Sky Sports

Jones also landed in a decent situation and had a promising rookie season. However, everything went downhill over the next couple of years. Finally, in 2023, Belichick benched him multiple times in favor of backup Bailey Zappe as the Patriots went 4-13. It was a disaster for the franchise and one of the reasons why Belichick lost his job.

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Insider

Belichick’s Draft Dog

Yes, Belichick was grumpier than The Grinch but he also had a sense of humor. It didn’t emerge often but he provided some fun moments. One of the best unexpectedly arrived during the 2020 Draft. Whenever the camera switched to the Patriots’ war room they saw Belichick’s dog Nike.

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CBS Sports

Nike perched perfectly on Belichick’s seat in front of a computer. It was amazing and instantly he became a viral sensation. Some fans also thought that it was one of the most entertaining moments of his career. It was nice to show that Belichick is human too even if it’s rarely seen (via CBS Sports).

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The Providence Journal

The Cowboys Loss

Belichick’s final season in Foxborough saw him post some of the worst statistics of his career. This included a horrible defeat to the Dallas Cowboys. They inflicted a 38-3 blowout loss to seal Belichick’s heaviest defeat. It was a painful moment for the veteran head coach and his team (via ESPN).

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AP

However, he made many mistakes that year including appointing Matt Patricia as offensive coordinator. Furthermore, Mac Jones didn’t justify his faith in the quarterback position. In the end, it was almost a relief when he stepped away by mutual consent from the franchise.

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CNN

Super Bowl XLIX

Pete Carroll and the Seahawks had an opportunity to kickstart another dynasty in 2014. The Legion of Boom faced the Patriots and had a golden opportunity to seal victory in the game’s dying moments. Malcolm Butler pulled off a shocking interception to seal the win for New England.

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AP

Seattle passed the ball on the goal line instead of running it with Marshawn Lynch and stunned the world in the process. It didn’t matter what statistics Carroll threw out to support his decision. They should have given it to Lynch but they didn’t and they paid the price. Belichick laughed all the way home to Boston (via CBS News).

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The New York Times

DeflateGate

‘Belicheat’ emerged from the shadows for the second time after the AFC Championship game in 2015. The Indianapolis Colts alleged that Tom Brady used underinflated balls to gain a tactical advantage. Most people agree that there’s no way Belichick didn’t know about it. However, he shrugged and compared himself to the Mona Lisa (via Time).

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TIME

Then he threw Brady under the bus in a moment that saw relations cool between the two men. Brady received a four-game suspension but rebounded to win the MVP. Meanwhile, it burgeoned Belichick’s reputation as one of the NFL’s most cynical masters of the dark arts.

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The Ringer

Super Bowl LI

This game remains one of Belichick’s most glorious moments because the result was insane. Nobody gave the Patriots a hope of achieving victory after the Falcons took a 28-3 lead. It should have been insurmountable but then Atlanta had a meltdown. It was one of the most dramatic comebacks ever.

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Dispatch

The Patriots scored touchdown after touchdown as the Falcons wilted in front of them. Finally, they won 34-28 to complete the victory and win Belichick’s fifth Super Bowl as a head coach. Meanwhile, the Falcons never recovered from this defeat and went into disarray over the following seasons (via The Ringer).

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CBS Sports

Super Bowl XXXVI

Belichick won his first Super Bowl as a head coach in 2001. It was an amazing season because nobody gave them hope. They lost their starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe to injury for the season. This saw them throw the unproven Tom Brady into the fray. New England annoyed their rivals along the way including the Raiders in the infamous ‘Tuck Rule Game.’

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CNN

Finally, they faced ‘The Greatest Show on Turf’ in the St. Louis Rams. Kurt Warner’s men entered the game as betting favorites but Belichick pulled off another outstanding defensive masterclass. The Rams only put up 17 points as the Patriots won their first Super Bowl in franchise history (via CBS).

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Insider

Spygate

Many people will always think of ‘Spygate’ when they hear Belichick’s name. The Patriots and their head coach earned notoriety in 2007 after the Jets accused them of cheating. Coach Eric Mangini said that they were videotaping the Gang Green’s defensive signals. Belichick apologized but said that he believed he was following the rules.

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CNN

However, the NFL didn’t think so as they fined him $500,000. Meanwhile, Mangini coined the brilliant moniker ‘Belicheat’ and it became synonymous with the Patriots coach. New England also lost a first-round draft pick for their troubles after the NFL found them guilty (via Boston.com).

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