After Sunday, there will have been 51 Super Bowls in the history of the NFL, and nobody will have played in more of them than the New England Patriots’ head coach, Bill Belichick. Highly regarded around the league and sports world, Belichick is considered by many to be the best head coach the NFL has ever seen pace the sidelines of one of its games. The current Super Bowl Betting Odds according to Sports Information Traders (the worlds number one sports betting service) has the Patriots favored by 3 points and a total of 58.5 points. If Tom Brady is a mission to win 5 rings then now is the time to find out.
A master game planner and defensive minded coach, Bill has won six Super Bowl Championships in his career with the Patriots: Super Bowls XXI, XXV, XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, and XLIX. None of them more theatrical and climatic then his most recent Super Bowl win, Super Bowl XLIX, as little-known backup Patriots cornerback, Malcolm Butler, made the play of his career by intercepting a pass thrown by Russell Wilson at the goal line as the Seattle Seahawks were on the doorstep of their second Super Bowl win in a row.
Given his six Super Bowl wins in seven total appearances, as well as 14 AFC East Divisional Titles and 11 appearances in the AFC Championship game, nobody has set the mark for consistency in the history of the NFL quite like Bill Belichick has.
As one notable football player turned broadcast analyst, Troy Aikmen suggested this week, the NFL should maybe consider renaming the trophy that they hand out to the winner of the Super Bowl every year from the Lombardi to the Belichick. While that will almost certainly never happen, he’s still very likely to have the Coach of the Year award named after him when he retires, and he no doubt deserves it given his domination of the league during his career.
In a time of parity in the NFL, where every team has a legitimate shot at the tital each year, and salary cap restrictions in place to contain sustained success, Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots have found a way to defy the odds and put together a dynasty in this era of the NFL that isn’t very conducive to such perennial contenders.
Bill Belichick and his unmatched success with the New England Patriots is only half of the story. Belichick has had some help during his time coaching in Foxborough, most notably that of his quarterback, Tom Brady.
A sixth round draft pick that shocked the world when he grew from a late round nobody to arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play in the NFL. After having an average career playing quarterback at Michigan and even having to play as a backup for part of his college career, nobody could have predicted what Tom Brady would amount to just a few year after leaving Michigan.
If there’s an argument to be made for the Lombardi trophy being renamed to the Belichick, then there should also be an equally strong argument for renaming the Super Bowl MVP award after Tom Brady. Among his four Super Bowl titles, Tom also has three Super Bowl MVPs and two NFL Regular Season MVP crowns. His 207 wins in the NFL, from both the regular season and the playoffs are the most ever won by a quarterback in history. He has a career passer rating of 97.2 and has thrown for over 61,000 total yards.
It’s hard to imagine anyone stopping the duo of Brady and Belichick, but in Super Bowl 51 they’ll meet the best offense they’ve faced all year lead by Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan who is having an MVP caliber season of his own. The Falcons offense has been putting up big number all year and has barely been contained at all up until now, but giving Bill Belichick two weeks to prepare for anyone always evens the playing field. It should be another instant classic this Sunday when Bill Belichick and the New England go for their 7th Super Bowl title.