BOSTON (CBS) – Bill Belichick is already among the best head coaches in NFL history, but in order to be the best does he need another Super Bowl title?
Tony Massarotti says yes.
“I think he’s already in a conversation with the greats, whether it’s [Don] Shula, [Vince] Lombardi or whoever. He’s in that conversation already and he always will be because he’s won three Super Bowls,” said Tony Massarotti Wednesday afternoon on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
So while Belichick may already be on the Mount Rushmore of NFL head coaches, in order for him to be in a National Park all of his own he could use another big, shiny ring.
“But if you want to sort of get to the highest of the high, where nobody can argue anything, he could use another one for lots of reasons,” said Mazz. “They’ve had a stretch of years here where they’ve gotten close but haven’t won again, and there is the matter of him not having won since Spygate – which people will hold over his head.”
“So for Belichick to put a lot of that [Spygate] crap to bed forever, if he can win with this team this year, it will go down as the greatest or second greatest coaching job of his career, and maybe one of the best of all time given some of the team’s issues,” Mazz concluded.
For Michael Felger, Belichick is the best coach he has ever seen. He was a little young when Bill Walsh was in his heyday, whom he also considers as one of the greats, so he ranks him no worse than #2 in his lifetime.
However (and there’s always a ‘however’ with Felger), he provides an exercise that may change your opinion on the “use” or “need” argument.
“What if I told you after winning your third Super Bowl going into 2005 that over the next nine seasons Tom Brady would be healthy in eight of them, and Bill Belichick would still be considered the best in the league?”
“And what if I also told you that the Pats would win the division eight times in those nine seasons, have the most regular season wins in the NFL during that period and actually have a year where they became the first team in NFL history to go 16-0 in the regular season? – if I told you all of that, how would you describe your feelings?”
A.) “That’s an excellent record, I’ll take it any day of the week”
B.) A disappointment
C.) An underachievement
D.) “I’ll take it, championships are hard to win”
So after hearing all that, does Bill Belichick need another Super Bowl? Or would it simply be nice to get another one?
Listen below for the full discussion: