FOXBOROUGH – The New England Patriots are a franchise that has already racked up myriad records and milestones, both as a team, and on an individual level. After all, two decades into a major dynasty will certainly result in people achieving NFL history. At 42-years-old, quarterback Tom Brady seems to set a new record every day. And 67-year-old head coach Bill Belichick is cruising right along with him.
On Sunday, the Patriots advanced to an impressive 8-0 record at the midway point of the 2019 NFL season, but the eighth win of the season also ended up being the 300th win of Belichick's career.
When Belichick began his career as an NFL coach, he was at the helm of the Cleveland Browns. There, he recorded his first career NFL win while playing against the Patriots in Foxborough. Of course, Belichick's stint in Cleveland would not last long and he has racked up most of his 300 wins as the coach of the Patriots. But it was fitting to see him on the sidelines of Gillette Stadium, handily defeating the Browns. It made the milestone seem like quite the full circle moment.
Sunday's late afternoon match was a 27-13 victory that, like so many Belichick games, was nowhere near as close as the score would indicate.
With the win, Belichick's coaching record, including both the regular season and the post-season, is now 300-134-0, which is good enough to earn him third place on the list of all-time winningest coaches. Former Chicago Bears coach George Halas is in second with a record of 324-151-31. Former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula is in first with a 347-173-6 slate.
These three are the only members of the "300 Club" for NFL coaches. If Belichick wants to top Shula's record he will need about five or six more winning seasons as a coach or about seven or eight as a the leader of a middling team.
Regardless, 300 wins is an incredible milestone that is not easily achieved. But as Tom Brady said last weekend, Bill Belichick is "the greatest coach of all-time."
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