Herm puts Belichick atop charts

August, 28, 2012
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In a featured now posted to ESPN.com, former NFL head coach and current ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards ranks all 32 head coaches entering the 2012 season.

Atop his list is Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who Edwards categorizes as one of six Hall of Fame-worthy head coaches.

Says Edwards on Belichick:
"Twelve full seasons with the Patriots. Five Super Bowl appearances. Three Super Bowl wins. What more do you need to know? Belichick has been the best head coach in the NFL since 2001. He's built a team with players who truly understand the importance of the team concept, his players follow the "Patriot Way," and everyone leaves his ego at the door. He's done a terrific job of evolving with the game. His first couple years in Cleveland he wanted to run the football and play solid defense. Now, he understands it's a quarterback league and recognizes the importance of a great offense. He has helped redefine the importance of the tight end position.

"He's also lost a lot of young coordinators to head-coaching jobs, which means he's been doing an excellent job developing young coaches. Does it help to have Tom Brady at the helm? Yes. And recently, has Belichick come up short in Super Bowls? Yes. Regardless, he is still the best coach in the NFL."

To read the full piece (note: Insider content) CLICK HERE.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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