Inside Bill Belichick’s journey to the Super Bowl winner | Radio WGN 720
CLEVELAND (WJW) — After serving as an assistant coach with the Baltimore Colts, Detroit Lions and under Bill Parcels for the New York Giants, Bill Belichick accepted his first NFL head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns in 1991.
Now generally considered one of the most successful and introverted head coaches in league history, Belichick allowed cameras into his coaches’ meeting in 1992, giving those on the outside from this room a rare glimpse of the meticulous planning and preparation befitting its reputation.
While building a team in Cleveland, Belichick was also building a list of his own notable assistants.
Among his staff were Kirk Ferenc, Eric Mangini and Romeo Crennel, in addition to a young Nick Saban.
Belichick’s start as a head coach was not as successful as his New England career. He had a losing record in each of his first three seasons.
In the meetings of the coaches to which the cameras had access, he displayed the detailed file of the players and the opposing formations. He can be heard wondering how some of his players were used.
He would be in Cleveland when the team parted ways with one of the fans’ all-time favorite quarterbacks in Bernie Kosar, a move Belichick himself described as one of the toughest decisions he’s ever made. taken or in which he participated.
Belichick’s first winning season in the NFL came in 1994, when he led the Browns to an 11-5 record and a playoff win over the New England Patriots.
By the following season, his final season in Cleveland, he had built a team that many believed to be among the best in the AFC, with aspirations of qualifying for the first Super Bowl in franchise history. (The Browns have 4 NFL championships before the Super Bowl era.)
But that season, Browns owner Art Modell signed a deal to move the team to Baltimore.
The decision had a huge impact on the mood in the city, and it seems on the field that last season and the Browns fell short of expectations. Belichick was assured he would coach the new team in Baltimore, but was fired by Modell in February 1996.
The team he was largely responsible for building in Cleveland won a championship in Baltimore in 2000.
This feat left Cleveland football fans wondering what might have happened if the team hadn’t moved. It was the same year that Belichick, after being the head coach of the New York Jets for just one day, was named the new head coach of the Patriots where he amassed one of the best coaching records- leader of NFL history.
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