I’m hearing more and more fans and football pundits starting to refer to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the greatest coach of all time. And while his record certainly is more than enough to garner him mention among the greatest coaches ever, I’m not so sure I would call him the greatest.
And for some reason you never hear anyone mention Redskins Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs as the greatest head coach ever. Maybe he wasn’t flamboyant enough, or maybe because he “only” won three Super Bowls. But Belichick has only won three, and while he’s taken teams to five Super Bowls, Joe Gibbs took the Redskins to four.
Belichick’s thirteen straight winning season with the Patriots is an amazing accomplishment, and a testament to how great a coach he is. However, his career winning percentage is .666, while Joe Gibb’s .665 percentage is nearly identical. Where Gibbs established his record over sixteen seasons, Belichick is still going strong at nineteen years.
But where the separation occurs between the two is that Bill Belichick has done most of his winning with one quarterback, future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Where as Joe Gibbs won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks. And while each were very good, none of them are hall of famers.
Would Bill Belichick have had the same amount of success without Tom Brady? I doubt it. And while the consecutive winning seasons is remarkable, could he have done it in the glory years of the NFC East that Joe Gibbs had to succeed through? Routinely going up against fellow hall of fame coaches like Tom Landry and Bill Parcells.
Yes, Bill Belichick is definitely a great head coach, but in my opinion Joe Gibbs was greater. And if Bill Belichick is deserving of being called the greatest of all time, then why not Gibbs? I think people underrate Gibbs, and he should mentioned as possibly the greatest ever. And I’d pick him over Belichick. But which one do you think is better?