Today in Sports History: February 15

In 1996, legendary NFL Coach Bill Belichick was let go by the Cleveland Browns organization, finishing with a record of 36-44. 

Prior to being let go, Belichick spent 12 seasons with the New York Giants from 1979- to 1990, and prior to that he was hired to the Denver Broncos as an assistant special team’s coach and assistant defensive coordinator in 1978. In 1976, he coached the Detroit Lions as an assistant special teams coach then the following year named tight ends and receivers coach. And in 1975, when his coaching career started, he coached the Baltimore Colts as a special assistant to the head coach. 

In 1996, he was hired as an assistant coach to Bill Parcells for the New England Patriots and from 1997-99 he was hired as the assistant head coach for the New York Jets only before returning to Foxborough. In 2000, Belichick was named the Head Coach of the New England Patriots. 

Throughout his 22 year-seasons thus far with New England, Belichick’s record is 274-103. By 2020, Belichick held the most wins among all active coaches and ranked third all-time with 311 total wins as a head coach. He led the Patriots to multiple winning records for 19 straight seasons, 2001-19. In 22 seasons, Belichick had won six Super Bowl championship rings, nine conference titles, 17 division titles, and won 30 playoff games. 

Coach Belichick has been honored with multiple awards in recognition of his successful career with the New England Patriots. He has earned NFL Coach of the Year honors by the Associated Press in 2003, 2007, and 2010.  

Throughout his 47 years as an NFL coach, his career record is currently 311-148, 280-136 within the regular season, and 31-12 in the postseason. He will continue to coach the New England Patriots next season.

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