May 18, 2024

Patriots

“I am actually extra centered on our crew and this yr.”

Invoice Belichick turned the third coach in NFL historical past to achieve 300 regular-season wins. Chris Unger/Getty Pictures

Moments after cementing his three hundredth profession regular-season victory, Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick stayed true to kind and deflected all credit score.

“It’s nice,” Belichick advised reporters. “I’m actually extra centered on our crew and this yr. I’ll fear about that later. Thanks.”

Belichick notched No. 299 towards the New York Jets on Sunday, Sept. 24, and waited practically a month to achieve the spherical quantity. He steered New England to its greatest win of the season Sunday – a scintillating 29-25 overcome the Buffalo Payments.

He’s the third coach in NFL historical past to achieve the milestone, trailing solely Corridor of Famers Don Shula (328) and George Halas (318).

Belichick, 71, turned head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 1991 and proceeded to win 36 video games over 5 years. He went 5-11 in his first yr with the Patriots in 2000, 11-5 in 2001, and 9-7 in 2002, then gained at the least 10 video games each season from 2003-2020.

He might probably move Halas in 2024 or 2025 if he’s nonetheless teaching.

Talking of his future, NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Belichick signed a “profitable, multi-year” extension with the Patriots final offseason.

Belichick neither confirmed nor denied the report. He made it clear his focus is on serving to the Patriots win soccer video games.

“I by no means speak about my contract,” Belichick mentioned. “Deal with the sport. Attempt to deal with Buffalo, then I’ll deal with Miami. You’ll be able to depend on that.”