FOXBORO – Sunday will be the 41st postseason game of Bill Belichick’s career as a head coach. More than half – 21 – have been either AFC Championship Games and Super Bowls.
When you add in his coaching career at every level, he’s coached in 17 Conference Championships and 11 Super Bowls.
Does the man, who coolly assessed the Seattle sideline at the end of SB49 and – noticing something amiss – stood there with the detachment of a man watching the tide come in while time ticked away, get nervous still.
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“Yeah,” he said Friday morning. “Every week.”
More before a game like Sunday’s against Kansas City?
“They all count in this league,” he said with a smile. “Just lemme know the next game that doesn’t matter so I can take that into account.”
What about next August?
“Just lemme know the ones that don’t matter I’ll make sure I don’t get excited for those,” he replied.
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“Nervous,” he agreed. “Sure. You want to go out there and do well. There’s an anxiety, we all have things in the game that we have to do. You want to perform well and not let your team down. Everybody’s counting on you to do your job, you’re counting on them to do theirs. You don’t worry about everybody else, you just worry about doing what you can do and making sure you don’t screw up what you’re supposed to do and you’re responsible for. Because nobody else can do that. That’s your job. We all have jobs to do and we all want to do them well.”
Belichick has done his job so well that he’s put together a coaching legacy that won’t be matched. Consider this: Don Shula and Bill Walsh COMBINED have 29 postseason wins and five Super Bowls.
A win Sunday and Belichick will be at 30 postseason wins with a shot at his sixth Super Bowl. Stay edgy, Bill.
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