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Peyton Manning: Bill Belichick will go down as greatest NFL coach ever

Bill-Belichick-hoodiePeyton Manning has struggled to get the best of Bill Belichick throughout his career. When facing Belichick and Tom Brady, Manning is a combined 4-10 between the regular season and playoffs. Why has Manning had such a tough time? If you asked him, he’d tell you it’s because Belichick is the greatest NFL coach of all time.

“Coach Belichick is the best coach that I’ve ever competed against,” Manning told reporters on Wednesday, as noted by Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. “I think it’s safe to say that he’ll go down as the greatest NFL coach of all time. The teams that he’s coach that I’ve competed against have always been well-coached, always been prepared and always played hard for 60 minutes.

“I played against him when he was a defensive coordinator with the Jets and then as the head coach in New England. Those things jump out, and to me that speaks to his coaching.”

Belichick is certainly going to be remembered as one of the best coaches in NFL history, but another Super Bowl ring would put him very close to the top of the pyramid. Many will say that Vince Lombardi can never be removed from his spot at the top. Chuck Knoll is the only NFL coach with four Super Bowl rings and Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs are the only others with three. We also can’t forget about legends like Paul Brown.

On Sunday, Manning will be responsible for either cementing Belichick’s place in history or presenting him with another obstacle to overcome.

Bill Belichick loves Christmas music (Video)

Bill-Belichick-smilingThe most wonderful time of the year probably isn’t so wonderful for Bill Belichick at the moment. The New England Patriots lost a brutal game to the Miami Dolphins last weekend and are traveling to Baltimore for another tough contest against the Ravens on Sunday. A New England loss and Miami win would make the AFC East as tight as possible heading into the final week of the season. Still, Belichick seems to be in the holiday spirit.

Earlier this week, a reporter asked the typically cranky coach what his favorite holiday song is. Surprisingly, Belichick answered the question with a massive grin.

“Actually, I enjoy all of them,” he said. “I really do. Pretty much whichever one comes on puts a smile on my face. It’s a great time of year.”

It’s also a stressful time of year for NFL coaches, but we’re glad to see Bill is still taking time to rock out to Christmas tunes and enjoy himself. If the guy didn’t seem to enjoy Halloween so much, the Christmas carol thing might come as more of a shock.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s Big Buzz

Linda Holliday wears ‘Ms. Belichick’ jersey during Patriots-Dolphins game

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The New England Patriots wanted to leave Miami with a victory over the Dolphins on Sunday, but they came up just short. It looks like Bill Belichick had a nice consolation prize.

A Barstool Sports reader submitted the photo you see above, which supposedly shows Belichick’s girlfriend Linda Holliday wearing a “Ms. Belichick” jersey. I can’t think of anything that seems more unlike Belichick than having a personal cheerleader on the sideline, but the guy has been known to surprise us sometimes.

[Related: Patriots have an audible named after Bill Belichick's girlfriend?]

If you saw the way Belichick and Holiday dressed on Halloween, you would know they enjoy having a good time. Hopefully Linda was able to cheer Bill up after the Brutal loss.

Bill Belichick stares down TJ Ward after hit on Rob Gronkowski (GIF)

Bill Belichick TJ WardBill Belichick was not a happy camper after losing star tight end Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury. The New England Patriots coach just stared down Cleveland Browns safety TJ Ward for hitting Gronk low in the third quarter on Sunday. The hit likely caused the tight end to suffer a torn ACL.

Cross the hoodie, prepare to die.

GIF via The Nosebleeds

Bill Belichick takes an uncharacteristic jab at the Jets

Bill-Belichick-hoodieBill Belichick is not much of a trash talker. Players and coaches around the NFL love to take shots at the New England Patriots, but Belichick rarely ever responds and demands that his players hold their tongues as well. On Wednesday morning, the five-time Super Bowl champion threw the first punch.

While speaking to reporters about his team’s next opponent, Belichick was asked if he still feels a connection to the Cleveland Browns organization, where he spent five seasons as a head coach from 1991-1995. He voluntarily gave everyone a quote worth printing, which is a very rare occurrence.

“I was there for five years,” Belichick said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “It was five important years in my life, for myself, my family and all that. Obviously, we’ve all moved on, and I have a job to do here and that’s where my loyalty is, is to Robert (Kraft), the Patriots organization and this football team. So it’s no different than how I feel, honestly, about the Colts, or the Lions or the Broncos. I feel differently about the Jets. We won’t put them in that category.”

For what it’s worth, the Jets’ hatred for Belichick runs much deeper than his hatred for them. The 61-year-old was set to become the next head coach of the Jets in 2000 before changing his mind at the last second and heading to New England. I’d be shocked if Rex Ryan resists the opportunity to respond to Belichick later this week.

Patriots may have an audible named after Bill Belichick’s girlfriend Linda Holliday

Bill-Belichick-Linda-Holliday-Wes-WelkerThe New England Patriots have countless pre-snap play calls with dozens of different names. Like many of the game’s great quarterbacks, Tom Brady is given the liberty to change the play or call out protections as he sees fit. He does this quite often. The question many people are wondering heading into the Thanksgiving holiday is this — do the Patriots have a play call named after Bill Belichick’s girlfriend?

In this video on NFL.com, you can barely make out one of Brady’s teammates saying “cougar, cougar” just before the ball is snapped and thrown to Rob Gronkowski for a 6-yard touchdown. After the player appears to say “cougar,” Brady can clearly be heard yelling “Linda!” Belichick’s girlfriend, as many of you know, is the lovely Linda Holliday. She was recently asked about the play.

“Well, since it was obviously a good call and a well-executed play, I’ll take a tiny bit of credit — but only for a well-named play,” Holliday told the Boston Herald’s Inside Track. “Seriously, the whole team played hard and we all couldn’t be happier, right?!?”

Hey, she didn’t deny it. Urban Dictionary defines a cougar as “a 35+ year old female who is on the ‘hunt’ for a much younger, energetic, willing-to-do-anything male.” Bill Belichick is older than Holliday and he’s certainly not energetic. But is he willing to do anything? Did you see what he did in overtime the other night against the Denver Broncos? I think that answers that question.

H/T Around the League

Bill Belichick shocked his own players with massive risk of taking the wind in overtime

Bill-Belichick-hoodieHad the Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots in overtime on Sunday night, Bill Belichick would still be getting crucified on every major sports network in the country. How can you justify giving the ball to Peyton Manning when a touchdown ends the game? Belichick, who has always done things a bit differently, took the wind.

The wind was blowing from one side of the field to the other at about 20-30 mph throughout the entire game. It was obviously a factor with downfield throws and in the kicking game, so Belichick decided to instill faith in his defense. Even they were surprised.

“We all looked at each other like he was crazy — then we all asked again and again and again,” offensive lineman Logan Mankins told Comcast SportsNet’s Postgame Live, via CSNNE.com. “And we just wanted to make sure we were doing exactly what he wanted. We were just making sure — you never want to be that bonehead out there that, your coach tells you you want the ball and we want to kick it.”

Defensive back Devin McCourty shared similar thoughts.

“Bill’s a genius,” McCourty said. “Even the captains were like, ‘Really? Defer?’ He wanted to take the wind. Obviously that was the best call.”

Manning, who has a reputation for struggling in cold weather, threw a number of wobbly passes throughout the night. He finished the game with 19 completions on 36 pass attempts and just 150 yards. He also threw an interception while the Broncos were facing the wind.

“The wind, it was a strong wind,” Belichick explained, per ESPNBoston.com. “We just had to keep them out of the end zone, obviously. I just felt like the wind would be an advantage if we could keep them out of the end zone on that first drive. We were able to do that. The wind was significant in the game, it was definitely significant.”

One would assume the NFL overtime rules make it so the team that wins the coin toss will take the ball 100% of the time. Is anyone surprised that Belichick broke that trend? We certainly aren’t.