Last week, when the Patriots were drubbed by the Browns, an easy storyline was the coaching matchup -- Bill Belichick losing to his former assistant Eric Mangini, who had the upper hand for large stretches of the action.
It was a fair analysis.
Just as it is fair to say that Belichick had the upper hand over Mike Tomlin in Sunday night's win over the Steelers, as he moved into an 11th place tie with Paul Brown on the all-time coaching wins list.
That had to be sweet for Belichick, who in many ways looked at Brown as one of his coaching idols.
After Sunday's win, Belichick wasn't asked about pulling even with Brown. Even if he was, he probably would have directed the credit back to the players, as he usually does.
But for someone with such a deep appreciation for the history of football, as well as Brown's place in the game, perhaps he allowed himself a private moment to appreciate his current standing.
On a night in which the Patriots beat the Steelers in every aspect, with their preparation showing on the field, it served as a reminder that the coach of the team is pretty darn good too.
All-time coaching wins
Don Shula (33 years) -- 347
George Halas (40 years) -- 324
Tom Landry (29 years) -- 270
Curly Lambeau (33 years) -- 229
Chuck Noll (23 years) -- 209
Marty Schottenheimer (21 years) -- 205
Dan Reeves (23 years) -- 201
Chuck Knox (22 years) -- 193
Bill Parcells (19 years) -- 183
Mike Holmgren (17 years) -- 174
Joe Gibbs (16 years) -- 171
Paul Brown (21 years) -- 170
Bill Belichick (16 years) -- 170