Bill Belichick's NFL Legacy in Limbo as Coaching Slots Fill Up

NFL coaching landscape undergoes unexpected transformations.

by Faizan Chaudhary
Bill Belichick's NFL Legacy in Limbo as Coaching Slots Fill Up
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When the music stopped on Thursday and the Washington Commanders announced their final head coaching hire for the 2024-25 season, one notable name was conspicuously absent from the list of eight open head coaching positions: Bill Belichick.

The former New England Patriots coach, with an illustrious career spanning decades, found himself on the sidelines as the coaching carousel continued to spin. Though several coaches have been replaced in this recent cycle, none can quite match the credentials and achievements of Bill Belichick.

The only other coach in his age group, Seattle's Pete Carroll, has also parted ways with his team. As Belichick faces the possibility of never returning to a head coaching role, his legacy is left in a state of uncertainty, with a few significant career records within his reach.

Leading the Head-Coaching Pack

Belichick's longevity in the NFL coaching arena sets him apart. With 524 coaches having led professional football teams since 1920, only six have held the position of head coach for a quarter of a century or more.

Had Belichick been coaching this year, he would have entered his 30th season. Among active coaches, Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs is the closest, entering his 25th season. When it comes to Super Bowl victories, Belichick's reign is unmatched.

He boasts six Super Bowl wins, all with Tom Brady as his quarterback, a feat unparalleled by any other coach. Only three other coaches have secured three or more Super Bowl victories, and none of them are currently active in the coaching ranks.

Pursuit of the NFL's Winningest Coach

Bill Belichick is now within striking distance of another illustrious record held by Don Shula—the most regular-season wins in NFL history. Shula's 328 wins have stood the test of time, and Belichick is the only other Super Bowl-era coach with more than 300 regular-season victories.

Although George Halas coached 318 wins between 1920 and 1967, it's an achievement worth pursuing for Belichick as he seeks to etch his name in NFL history.

The Looming "Losingest" Coach Title

Belichick's recent season with the New England Patriots saw the team flirt with a rather unwanted title—the "losingest" coach.

A 4-13 record was the worst of his illustrious career and marked the end of his remarkable 24-year tenure with the Patriots. His 165th loss in Week 18, against the New York Jets, placed him in a three-way tie with Dan Reeves (190-165-2) and Jeff Fisher (173-165-1). Additionally, he's also tied with the legendary Tom Landry with 178 combined regular and postseason losses.

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