Originally Posted by silver & black
Yawner or not, it still stands. If he is so great, why couldn't he win in Cleveland? He had talent.
I'm not really ripping on him. I agree that Cleveland was a bad franchise when he was there. Sometimes it just takes a change to bring out greatness. How many other coaches do you suppose could be very good if the right situation and players were to fall to them?
All I'm saying is that Belichik had the right situation fall to him... that doesn't necessarily mean he is the best coach out there.
I agree that coaches need to have other factos in their favor - they can't win without talent; what they do is maximise it.
One thing that is forgotten is that Belichick gave Cleveland a very rare taste of playoff football in his time there (we'll skip over who he beat...
If you look at the curve his teams records were taking under his leadership it seems pretty clear that they were gradually becoming a better and better team.
1991 - 6-10
1992 - 7-9
1993 - 7-9
1994 - 11-5
Then we have Modell making his announcement that the team is moving out of Cleveland altogether and the franchise promptly falls apart.
1995 - 5-11
Its conjecture I know, but who's to say that if the Browns had remained in Cleveland in 1995 that they wouldn't have gone to the playofs again - its clear they were improving every year.
At the end of the day im glad it all worked out as it did.