The Evil Football Genius: Bill Belichick

Just like any great movie, the NFL has story lines, twists and turns, and reoccurring characters that spend their time in the league wearing different uniforms. Just like any great movie, there has to be a villain. Someone for everyone to respect, but with a varying contempt for his style, and stoic composition. Scorsese could not have cast a better person to play the role of the league’s libertine more appropriately than the one Bill Belichick portrays. Love him or hate him, his coaching savvy and accomplishments speak for themselves, with a booming voice that can only be acknowledged with amazement.

William Stephen Belichick was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but grew up in Annapolis, Maryland as the son of a football coach for the Naval Academy. He played football in high school, but was more adept at his favorite sport, lacrosse. After high school he attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut where he continued his lacrosse career, captaining the team in his final year. He also played football and squash, turning him into a well-rounded sport’s figure at the university by the time he graduated in 1975.

After college, he began a whirlwind of assistant coaching jobs, starting with the Baltimore Colts for the 1975 season, and moving to the Detroit Lions as the assistant special teams coach, adding tight ends and wide receivers to his command in 1977. The 1978 found Belichick in Denver as a defensive assistant and assistant special teams coach. What happened next would begin the NFL’s tumultuous love affair with the man who never smiles on the sidelines, in interviews, press conferences, or for all the world knows, at home or in public.

In 1979 Bill Belichick started his tenure with the New York Giants. This career change would keep him with one team for twelve years, in varying coaching degrees. Starting with special teams, and later ลิ้งค์ทางเข้า ufabet linebackers coaching, Bill became the Defensive Coordinator under Coach Bill Parcells in 1985. The Giants won two Super Bowls with Belichick on the sidelines, before he left the team to take the Head Coach position with the Cleveland Browns in 1991. With only one winning season in his five year stint in Ohio, he was fired when the team completed its move to Baltimore where they became the Ravens.

In 1996 Bill was once again serving under Parcells, only this time in New England as the Assistant Head Coach, and Defensive Backs coach. The Patriots went to the Super Bowl that year, but were beaten by the Green Bay Packers. When Parcells left at the close of the season to head up the New York Jets Belichick followed becoming their Defensive Coordinator for two seasons. When Parcells resigned from the team they named Belichick his successor, and Jets fans around the country were elated with the decision — for exactly 24 hours. Before the celebrating was fully underway, and to everyone’s surprise, Belichick resigned the position abruptly. He was almost immediately named the Head Coach of the New England Patriots after the shocking announcement of his departure from the Jets. His villainous demeanor would soon become the talk of sports radio and television, while giving opposing fans all the venomous fodder they could wish for throughout the season.