When Did Bill Belichick Start Coaching the New England Patriots?

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Bill Belichick has been head coach of the New England Patriots since 2000.
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BetMGM @BETMGM Apr 14, 2023, 12:08 PM

Bill Belichick started as head coach of the New England Patriots in 2000, making him the longest-tenured active coach in the NFL. 

The second closest is Mike Tomlin, who was hired by the Steelers in 2007. 

Belichick had an earlier stint with the Patriots prior to being hired. After being fired by the Browns, Bill Belichick took a job as assistant head coach under Bill Parcells in 1996. 

Bill Belichick’s record as a head coach is 329–165.

How Many Super Bowls Has Bill Belichick Won?

Bill Belichick is an eight-time Super Bowl champion. That includes six titles as head coach of the New England Patriots, as well as rings earned as an assistant coach for the Giants under Parcells in 1986 and 1990.

Who Did Bill Belichick Coach Before the Patriots?

Bill Belichick spent three years as an assistant under Parcells while he was the head coach of the New York Jets from 1997-99. 

Parcells resigned after the 1999 NFL season, teeing up Belichick to succeed him as head coach. But Belichick announced his intention to resign as Jets head coach after only one day. 

His decision to return to New England set off a legal dispute between the two AFC East rivals about which organization had the right to retain Belichick as their head coach. Ultimately, the Patriots had to give the Jets their first-round pick in the 2000 NFL draft.

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