Bill Belichick reached a special coaching milestone Sunday against the team that gave him his first head coaching job.
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The New England Patriots head coach earned his 300th career win (regular season and playoffs combined) in Week 8 when his team beat the Cleveland Browns 27-13 at Gillette Stadium. Belichick now has 269 career regular season wins and an NFL record 31 playoff victories on his Hall of Fame résumé.
He joins legendary coaches Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins (347 wins) and George Halas of the Chicago Bears (324) as the only members of the 300-win club.
Belichick first became a head coach in 1991 when the Browns hired him after he won two Super Bowls as the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants. Ironically, his first ever head coaching win was a Browns victory over the Patriots at the old Foxboro Stadium in 1991.
Belichick's tenure with the Browns ended in 1995 before owner Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore. Belichick's next head coaching job came with the New York Jets in 2000, but he held the position for less than 48 hours before resigning and ultimately landing the Patriots for the 2000 season. In 19-plus seasons in New England, Belichick has won nine conference championships and a record six Super Bowl titles. His Patriots teams have won 10-or more games in 17 of his 19 seasons in charge.
The 67-year-old coach shows no signs of slowing down, and it wouldn't be surprising if he moved to the top of the career win leaderboard by the time he retires.
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