New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is an eight-time Super Bowl champion. He is a three-time AP NFL Coach of the Year and a member of the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. Additionally, Belichick holds the NFL record for most Super Bowl wins, Super Bowl appearances, most playoff wins, and most divisional championships. However, he is also on pace to have the record for most losses as an NFL head coach.
There's been a lot of talk on #Patriots Bill Belichick staying on long enough to pass Don Shula for the All-Time win mark, but he's actually a lot closer to having the all-time losing mark in NFL history.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 17, 2023
Bill Belichick: HC Career
Belichick is just eight regular season losses away from tying former Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and Dan Reeves for the most losses by a head coach in NFL history. Fisher spent 20-plus seasons as a bench boss in the NFL, going 173-165-1 while making one Super Bowl and earning Maxwell Club NFL Coach of the Year in 2008. Meanwhile, Reeves went 190-165-2 with time between the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons, making three Super Bowls but winning none.
Bill Belichick started his NFL head coaching career in 1991 with the Cleveland Browns. However, Belichick got fired after accumulating a 36-44 record in five seasons. However, the now 71-year-old rejoined the NFL head coaching ranks in 2000 as the frontman for the New England Patriots. After a subpar 5-11 inaugural season, Belichick and the Patriots would win three Super Bowls in the next four seasons. From 2001-2013, the Patriots won three Super Bowls, posted an undefeated regular season, and never had a losing record. Belichick again led the Patriots to another three Super Bowls from 2013-2018. However, the past three seasons have not been excellent for the future Hall of Fame head coach.
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots Post-Tom Brady Era
In Belichick’s first 20 seasons as the head coach in New England, he operated with all-time great Tom Brady under center for every year but two. Brady, a three-time All-Pro and 15-time Pro-Bowler was the catalyst for the Patriots offense for nearly two decades. However, Brady departed New England after the 2019 season, and the Patriots have not won a playoff game since. Belichick and the Patriots burned the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft on Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, but the return has been underwhelming.
The six-foot-three gunslinger played well as a rookie but has struggled mightily over the past two seasons. Jones has thrown for 19 touchdowns against 18 interceptions while accumulating a 7-13 record. If Jones and the Patriots, who sit at 1-5 entering Week 7, can’t figure it out soon, Bill Belichick could become the all-time leader in losses for a head coach by season’s end.