BOSTON (CBS) – Though most — if not all — fans in New England feel Bill Belichick is the best head coach to ever grace the sidelines in the NFL, many folks outside of New England don’t share that sentiment despite the coach’s successful track record.

Well, NFL GMs agree with Patriots fans.

In an poll given to NFL general managers, in which they could not vote for anyone on their own team, Belichick received nine of the 12 votes for best coach in the league.

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Only three other coaches received a single vote:  Jeff Fisher of the Rams, Tom Coughlin of the Giants and  John Harbaugh of Baltimore.

Here is what a few of the GMs polled had to say about Belichick:

“He can coach the offense, he can coach the defense, he can coach his own coaches,” one GM said of Belichick. “He’s the outstanding coach of his time.”

“Is there any debate about it?” asked another GM “Always prepared. Has reinvented that team several times and competed for a championship after every reinvention. There is nobody better.”

“We all have our trials and tribulations, but I don’t think there’s anyone who matches him in terms of matching personnel and scheme,” added a third GM “His ability to stay calm in the heat of fire is impressive in this league.”

Under Belichick, the Patriots have 10 divisional titles, 10 playoff appearances and three Super Bowl Championships. His 205-109 record (including the postseason) in New England ranks first among active coaches and sixth on the all-time list.

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He gets plenty of criticism from national pundits and those outside New England, but according to his fellow head coaches, Bill Belichick is the best in the business.

Ozzie Newsome of the Baltimore Ravens was voted the league’s best general manager in the poll.

Tune in to Patriots-Bills Sunday at 1 p.m. on WBZ-TV and 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pregame coverage begins on 98.5 FM at 10 a.m., and with Patriots GameDay at 11:30 a.m. on WBZ-TV. Stay tuned for full post game reaction and analysis following the game on the Sports Hub, and on Patriots 5th Quarter over on myTV38!


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