BOSTON (CBS) — Bill Belichick reached a new career milestone Thursday night, as the Patriots’ head coach became just the eighth coach in history to win 200 NFL games.
After the Patriots’ 49-19 win over the Jets, the man who’s normally serving Humble Pie was the one having some himself.
“It’s been a privilege and a great opportunity to coach the players that won those games,” Belichick said. “I didn’t make a block, I didn’t make a tackle, I didn’t throw a pass, I didn’t kick a ball — the players win. But it’s been an honor to coach the group of players that really go out there and make plays and win those games.”
Including the playoffs, Belichick has won 163 of those games with the Patriots, with the other 37 coming with the Browns.
“It’s a privilege to coach this team for Mr. [Robert] Kraft, the Kraft family, the Patriots organization and the players that are on it,” Belichick said.
“It’s nice but it’s really more of a reflection of what the players have done. They won,” he said.
Tom Brady, the biggest reason why Belichick has won so many games, offered praise for the only NFL head coach he’s ever known.
“There’s no coach I’d ever want to play for other than him,” Brady said. “He’s so consistent. As players, we really appreciate him. He’s tough and he’s disciplined, but that’s what we need and that’s where our program is run. He expects us to play at a high level every week, he has high expectations in practice every day. I think that that’s what you look for in a coach — someone who gets the best out of all the players that he coaches. And he certainly does that.”