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70 years ago today, William Stephen Belichick was born in Nashville, TN to Jeannette and Stephen Belichick.

Happy Birthday to the Greatest Coach in the History of the Game of Football.

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Happy Birthday Coach. Thanks for the memories.
 

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Chris Carter before Super Bowl 36: "What gives the Patriots a chance is Belichick."

The 1976 Patriots (at least in the top three Pats teams all time) lost the opener to the Colts, in Miami (like always), and at Detroit, to the Lions with Special Teams Assistant Coach Bill Belichick, assistant to Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Glanville. It was the debut for Tommy Hudspeth, who replaced Rick Forzano as head coach after going 1-3 in the first four games.

Fascinating fact:

In spite of their poor overall record the Lions offense set a statistical record for Passer Rating Differential (40.9, 14th best 1960 to 2011). Such a high rating is usually reserved for playoff teams or Super Bowl winners:

NFL Champions (1920–1969)
Super Bowl Champions (1970–present)
Conference ChampionsDivision ChampionsWild Card BerthDid not qualify for postseason

Top 25 Teams in Passer Rating Differential (1960-present)
RankingTeamOPRDPRDifferentialWLT
11960 Cleveland Browns109.551.757.8831
21966 Green Bay Packers102.146.156.0122
31987 San Francisco 49ers106.253.852.4132
41989 San Francisco 49ers114.868.546.3142
51975 Minnesota Vikings90.846.244.6122
61975 Pittsburgh Steelers86.742.843.9122
71994 San Francisco 49ers111.468.143.3133
81999 St. Louis Rams106.664.142.5133
91975 Cincinnati Bengals8946.942.1113
101963 New York Giants94.452.741.7113
111962 Green Bay Packers84.943.441.5131
121976 Detroit Lions84.643.740.968
131963 Chicago Bears75.634.840.81112
141996 Green Bay Packers95.755.440.3133
151974 Washington Redskins9049.940.1104
161972 Miami Dolphins86.947.439.5140
171988 Minnesota Vikings80.441.239.2115
181991 Washington Redskins9858.939.1142
191960 Philadelphia Eagles87.949.138.8102
202007 New England Patriots11678.137.9160
212002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers86.348.437.9124
222009 New Orleans Saints10668.637.4133
231984 Miami Dolphins108.571.437.1142
241977 Dallas Cowboys85.348.237.1122
251967 Los Angeles Rams84.447.536.91112

 

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Wow, Brady hasn't wished Bill a happy 70th yet on social media (unless i missed it)...it's a pretty big milestone for coach.
 
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Wow, Brady hasn't wished Bill a happy 70th yet on social media (unless i missed it)...it's a pretty big milestone for coach.

Could be he considers head coaches more or less disposable. :whistle:
 

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Nice to see a thread about BB, the GOAT, not descending into a cesspool of bashing him about something, anything will do.

Thankful we have had him on our side for this period of time..
 

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Could be he considers head coaches more or less disposable. :whistle:

I still think there's bad blood between the two. It took Belichick an entire day to congratulate Brady on his "retirement" while Kraft immediately put out a statement.
 

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BB wouldn't have had this birthday if it wasn't for Brady ;)

I wonder if he is collecting his Social Security checks
 

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I still think there's bad blood between the two. It took Belichick an entire day to congratulate Brady on his "retirement" while Kraft immediately put out a statement.

Meh. I wouldn't consider it "bad blood" as much as being tired of each other. The situation is more complicated for Brady, though. Tom is at a rarified level where most coaches can't offer much and just irritate him, but the fact is he still NEEDS coaching. It just has to be the right guy and BB is one of the very few capable of that. Another would have been Sean Payton, which is why the supposed Miami scenario made sense.
 
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