Michael Rand of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE squeezes out some numbers on Bill Belichick that will no doubt now be echoing over late night sports radio this week:
• Belichick was 36-44 with the Browns.
• The Patriots were 5-11 in 2000, Belichick’s first year, sans Tom Brady. And they lost their first game in 2001, also without Brady.
• Total record of 41-56 with one playoff appearance and no victories.
• Starting with Game 2 of the 2001 season, Brady has started every game for the Belichick-led Patriots. Since then, New England is 86-25 in the regular season with three Super Bowl titles and possibly a fourth on the way.
Rand isn’t calling Belichick Les Steckel (ouch, sorry Vikes fans), but the numbers do bring pause.