Is Bill Belichick Chasing Don Shula’s Record?

Bill Belichick has accomplished everything you would want as an NFL head coach accept one thing and he is close to accomplishing that which is the winning head coach in NFL history. That is still owned by former Dolphin’s legend Don Shula and when you read further, I point out that even if he does surpass Shula there is a stark difference in how they accomplished their feat. 

The Patriots head coach enters the 2023 season 2nd on the all-time NFL coaching wins list with 329 wins. That includes regular season wins and overall wins, including playoffs. Belichick’s 31 postseason head coaching victories are the most all-time, 11 ahead of Tom Landry’s 20.  

Here is where they stand as of this year…. 

The top 3 all-time wins list, including playoffs   

  • Don Shula – 347  
  • Bill Belichick – 329  
  • George Halas – 324  

Some of the oldest active NFL coaches  

  • Bill Belichick, New England Patriots  
  • 70 | April 16, 1952  
  • Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks  
  • 70 | Sept. 15, 1952  
  • Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs  
  • 64 | March 19, 1958  
  • Frank Reich, Carolina Panthers  
  • 61 | December 4, 1961  
  • Ron Rivera, Washington Commanders  
  • 60 | Jan. 7, 1962  
  • John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens  
  • 60 | Sept. 23, 1962  
  • Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys  
  • 59 | Nov. 10, 1963  
  • Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers  
  • 59 | Nov. 18, 1963  
  • Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints  
  • 59 | Dec. 29, 1963  
  • Doug Pederson, Jacksonville Jaguars  
  • 54 | Jan. 31, 1968  
  • Matt Eberflus, Chicago Bears  
  • 52 | May 17, 1970  
  • Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers  
  • 50 | March 15, 1972  
  • Dennis Allen, New Orleans Saints  
  • 50 | Sept. 22, 1972  

As you can see, Belichick is the oldest coach in the NFL and should be close to retirement or he just might get fired by the Crafts who are pissed that they chose Belichick over Brady. (One less SB for the Crafts) 

With 49 years of NFL coaching experience, Belichick is the longest tenured coach among active NFL head coaches. His 49 consecutive years as an NFL coach entering 2023 are the most in NFL history  

With 32 years of NFL coaching experience, Donald Francis Shula (January 4, 1930 – May 4, 2020) was an American professional football player and coach who served as a head coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1963 to 1995. He played seven seasons as a defensive back in the NFL.  

Weather Bill Belichick surpasses Shula’s all-time win/loss record or not he will never match Shua’s winning percentage .677 and the timeline in how he accomplished the record wins in 32 years as opposed to 48 years and counting for Belichick. Also, when you have a reputation of cheating associated with wins there should always be an asterisk in the record books. 

I still hope he falls short of getting Shula’s record and yes, I am proudly biased on this issue! 

Fins Up!

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