New England Patriots Finish Season 12-4… Now On To Playoffs, Again.

Losing at home 27-24 to the Miami Dolphins is certainly not how I wanted to see the season end. Though making it to the playoffs with a 12-4 season record is an accomplishment for any NFL team.

As shockingly disappointing upsets like today’s loss may be, let’s not be so quick to panic and give way to the taunts our army of haters are always so ready to share.

If there’s anything being a part of #PatsNation since the days of Brady/Moss has taught me, it’s that the tears of those who love to hate the Patriots are so plentiful that if pooled together they would flood the lands way worse than the Nile, Amazon or Yangtze Rivers ever thought possible.

Remembering anything is possible at the hands of the Hoodie, the only logical conclusion to today’s game is the Patriots are on to the next. As the only head coach in NFL history to win six Super Bowl titles, I trust Bill to make corrections before next week.

Let’s be clear who IS behind the Hoodie.

Coaching

Bill Belichick completed his 44th season as an NFL coach in 2018 and is in his 20th season as head coach of the New England Patriots. Belichick is the only head coach in NFL history to win six Super Bowl titles.

In 2018, Belichick won his sixth Super Bowl, joining George Halas and Curly Lambeau as the only NFL coaches with six championships. In the process he also won a ninth conference championship, captured the AFC East crown for the 10th consecutive season and won at least 11 regular-season games for the 16th time in his head coaching career, extending his NFL record in all categories. 

Belichick enters 2019 with the most wins among all active coaches and is currently third all-time with 292 total victories as a head coach. Belichick’s winning percentage of .685 ranks first in NFL history among coaches with 150 or more wins. He has led the Patriots to a winning record for 18 consecutive seasons (2001-18), trailing only Dallas’ Tom Landry, who recorded 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1966-85. Belichick has also notched 31 postseason wins in his career, most by a head coach in NFL history. He enters his 45th consecutive year as an NFL coach, matching the NFL mark for most consecutive seasons as a NFL coach. Belichick shares the mark with Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau. The only other NFL coach with at least 40 consecutive NFL coaching seasons is Tom Moore with 41.

Belichick, who was hired by Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft on Jan. 27, 2000, is in his 20th season with the Patriots. In 19 seasons, Belichick has so far delivered six Super Bowl championships, nine conference titles, 16 division crowns and 30 playoff victories, while posting an overall record of 255-89. Entering 2019, the Patriots have won 10 consecutive division championships, extending their NFL record previously held by the L.A. Rams (1973-79). Belichick directed the Patriots to victories in Super Bowls XXXVI (2001), XXXVIII (2003), XXXIX (2004), XLIX (2014), LI (2016) and LIII (2018), and in 2007 he became the only NFL head coach to guide his team to a 16-0 regular season. From 2003 to 2004, Belichick directed the Patriots to a winning streak of 21 consecutive games, including the postseason. In 2018, Belichick joined Marv Levy (4) and Don Shula (3) as the only NFL head coaches to lead their team to three consecutive Super Bowl appearances.

Despite an NFL system designed to ensure parity, Belichick’s program has produced a remarkable run of sustained on-field success. From 2000-18, the Patriots won 74 percent of their regular-season games (225-79), among the highest winning percentages of any major American professional sports team over that span. Over a 100-game stretch from 2003-09, Belichick directed the team to 81 wins, the most in NFL history by a head coach. Additionally, the Patriots enter 2019 with 129 wins (regular and postseason) in this decade surpassing their previous NFL record for wins in a decade with 126 victories from 2000-09. Belichick has led the Patriots to a winning record in each of the last 18 seasons. From 2011-18, Belichick’s teams won the AFC East title and advanced in the playoffs, with the Patriots eight straight years of playoff advancement extending their NFL record previously held by Dallas with six (1991-96). Additionally, New England is the only franchise in the NFL to qualify for the playoffs in each of the last 10 seasons (2009-18).

Belichick’s 31 career playoff wins are the most all-time among head coaches, while New England’s 16 playoff victories from 2010-19 are the most in any decade in NFL history. He has compiled a career playoff record of 31-11, with his .738 playoff winning percentage placing him second in NFL history.

Belichick’s Patriots have rarely been rattled, able to consistently maintain leads and bounce back following losses. Since the beginning of the 2003 season, New England is 48-8 (.857) in regular-season games following a loss, dropping back-to-back regular-season contests just eight times over that span.

In addition, the Patriots have consistently maintained their focus throughout the year and have played their best football late in the season. Since 2001, the Patriots lead the league with a 112-31 (.782) overall record in games played on Thanksgiving or later in the NFL season, including playoffs. As the season wears on, the Patriots have only gotten better, posting an NFL-best 45-15 (.750) mark since 2001 in games played on Christmas or later in the NFL season and have gone an NFL-best 65-13 (.833) in the month of December. Since becoming Patriots head coach in 2000, Belichick is 67-15 (.817) in December, the second-best record in December among head coaches with one team in NFL history (min. 25 games), behind George Seifert (27-6, .818). Additionally, Belichick is the first head coach in NFL history to lead a team to three straight 500-point seasons (2010-12) and the Patriots are the first franchise in NFL history to score 500 or more points in four seasons (2007-589, 2010-518, 2011-513 and 2012-557).

Extra Points

  • Belichick spent 20 years as an assistant coach in the NFL and this is his 23rd season as a head coach. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only man in NFL history to serve 20 or more seasons as an assistant coach and at least 20 seasons as a head coach.
  • Belichick’s Patriots teams own the all-time NFL records for consecutive total victories, including postseason games (21 from 2003-04) and consecutive playoff victories (10 from 2001-05).
  • Coach Belichick’s career winning percentage of .678 (263-125) ranks second all-time among head coaches with 150 or more wins, trailing only Hall of Famer George Halas (.682).
  • In 2007, Coach Belichick led the Patriots to the NFL’s first 16-0 regular season and joined Halas and Shula as the only coaches in NFL history to direct their teams to an undefeated regular season.
  • Coach Belichick is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in four seasons (2001, 2003, 2004).
  • With 43 years of NFL coaching experience, Belichick is the longest tenured among active NFL head coaches. His 43 consecutive years as an NFL coach are second in NFL history behind Tennessee’s Dick LeBeau (45).
  • The 2016 AFC Championship was Belichick’s seventh conference championship as a head coach. His seven conference titles are the most in NFL history during the Super Bowl era, passing Don Shula with six.
  • Three former assistants on Coach Belichick’s staffs are head coaches in the NFL or college in 2017 (Kirk Ferentz, Iowa; Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans; Nick Saban, Alabama). Four of Coach Belichick’s former assistants are NFL general managers in 2017 (Thomas Dimitroff, Atlanta; Jason Licht, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jon Robinson, Tennessee; Bob Quinn, Detroit).
  • Belichick is the only head coach in NFL history to win at least 14 regular-season games in five separate seasons.
  • Belichick is the first head coach in NFL history with 14 straight seasons with at least 10 victories. George Seifert is second with eight (1989-96).

Elite Company

Bill Belichick is one of five NFL head coaches to win four or more championships since the league began postseason play in 1933. With the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX, Belichick joined an exclusive club in which each of the four other members has been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Honors & Awards

Coach Belichick has been honored with numerous awards in recognition of his success with the Patriots. He has earned NFL Coach of the Year honors by the Associated Press three times (2003, 2007 and 2010) and has finished in the top five in AP voting for NFL Coach of the Year Award seven other times (1994, 2001, 02, 04, 05, 08, and 14).

Credits: To view sampling of the recognition he has earned since 2001 or to learn more about Bill Belichick, visit https://www.patriots.com/team/coaches-roster/bill-belichick.

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