After leading his team to a win in week eight, Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick passes George Halas for the second most wins in NFL history. It was going to come, but it was just a matter of when. Belichick notched his 325th career win on Sunday, regular and post-season. This number moved him into sole possession of second place all time in NFL history.
His 325 wins are still 22 behind Don Shula, who holds the most wins of all time. His career as a head coach got started all the way back in 1991 with the Cleveland Browns at 39 years old. In his five years as the Browns head coach, Belichick went 36-44 and 1-1 in the postseason. Not exactly stellar numbers.
However, in 2000, he was hired as the next head coach of the New England Patriots. Since then, his story can speak for itself. So far, he’s accumulated six Super Bowl titles and 30 wins in the postseason. He’s had just two losing seasons as Patriots head coach, and has had double digit wins in the regular season a whopping 20 times.
His insane stretch has slowed down a bit since Tom Brady left town, but he is still chugging along. At 4-4, he has his Patriots’ squad right in the thick of the NFL playoff race in the AFC. There is much work to do, but Belichick has been in this scenario many times before.
Right now, he is 22 wins away from tying Don Shula for the most wins all time, and is 23 wins away from having that first place all to himself. As a 70 year old man, he has to be feeling his age, but you better bet that Belichick knows how many wins he has and how many more he has to pass Shula.
It’s unknown whether or not Belichick is thinking about retirement. I do think a second losing season in three years might prompt the franchise to undergo some serious changes, but if Bill Belichick does indeed find himself no longer the head coach of the Patriots, he’ll have a bunch of suitors to continue his career.