Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t known for showing much emotion. He is usually stone-faced when he does interviews or otherwise seen in public. But he let his emotions get the better of him when he received an honor related to the NFL’s 100th season, which the league has been celebrating all season long. Here is what led Belichick to let his guard down, which he rarely does, as he received an achievement that he called “an incredible honor.”
Bill Belichick’s career as an NFL coach
Belichick’s first NFL head coaching stint with the Cleveland Browns from 1991-95 didn’t go well, but he has become arguably the best coach in league history since going to the Patriots in 2000.
After going 5-11 in his first season with the team, Belichick’s Patriots have not had a losing record since Tom Brady became the starting quarterback during the 2001 season. He has won nearly 75% of the regular season games the Patriots have played since Belichick took over head coaching duties from Pete Carroll.
Among the highlights of Belichick’s tenure in New England are the Patriots becoming the first team in NFL history to go 16-0 in the regular season in 2007. Most impressive of all is the six Super Bowl titles the Patriots have won under Belichick’s leadership.
Belichick’s usual deadpan delivery
Belichick is known for his deadpan delivery and monotone cadence when he speaks. One of the most famous instances of that came in 2014 in Belichick’s postgame press conference following the Patriots’ Week 4 game against the Chiefs.
Kansas City won in a 41-14 blowout, and many people questioned if the Patriots’ season was already over, as that blowout loss brought their record down to 2-2, which was unlike the Belichick-Brady Patriots. Belichick wasn’t saying much in the press conference. He responded to reporters’ questions five teams by saying simply “we’re on to Cincinnati,” implying he and the team had already moved on from the Kansas City loss and were preparing for their next game against the Bengals.
Some people considered that the turning point of the Patriots’ 2014 campaign. The team capped the season with their fourth Super Bowl win of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.
Bill Belichick makes the 100th Anniversary Team
Despite his often robotic responses to reporters’ questions in his press conferences, Belichick is actually human. He showed that in a rare display of emotion when he received an honor related to the NFL’s 100th anniversary season.
Belichick made the NFL’s 100th Anniversary Team. A noted NFL historian, Belichick was part of the 26-member panel tasked with selecting the members of the team. Being a student of NFL history, Belichick also knows what it means to be part of the league’s anniversary team. When asked for his feelings about being named to the team, Belichick called it “an incredible honor,” and gave credit to the “many great players … coaches and scouts” he has worked with during his time in the NFL.
A total of 10 coaches will be honored as part of the team, with Belichick the
second to be announced. The first coach named to the team was former Browns coach Paul Brown, who Belichick called “the greatest coach in the history of professional football, clear and simple.” He also said that “it all started with Paul Brown,” who Belichick believes ” took football from being a sport to being a profession. He made it professional.” Belichick also said that everything he does as an NFL head coach, Brown did decades earlier.