By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick joined an illustrious club on Sunday, becoming just the third head coach in the NFL's 100-year history to record 300 wins, joining George Halas (324) and Don Shula (347) behind a 27-13 final at Gillette Stadium.
Not exactly known for celebrating accomplishments and milestones, Belichick's first remark about the milestone was actually more of a crack at himself than anything else, peeling back the curtain on the game's top coach for two decades running.
"Fortunately, I didn't play in any of those games," Belichick, whose team is off to an 8-0 start for the third time in his tenure, cracked. "That's a good thing for us, but I've had a lot of good players, a lot of great players and they're the ones that win the games. I've had a lot of great assistant coaches on my staff through the wins at Cleveland and certainly here. I was a part of those but, honestly, players win games in this league and I've been fortunate that I've coached a lot of great ones."
But the accomplishment was no lost within the New England locker room, as Belichick received a game ball from Patriots owner Robert Kraft following the victory.
Kraft also made sure to mention the interesting tidbits and connections of this victory; Going all the way back to victory No. 1, Belichick earned that 'W' in Foxborough but against the Patriots back in Sept. 1991 as the head coach of the Browns (technically the Ravens organization, if we want to be sticklers about it all). Kraft also made sure to note that the 299th victory of Belichick's coaching career came against the Jets last week, the team Belichick left to join the Patriots as their head coach 20 years ago.
A special game ball presentation in honor of 300. pic.twitter.com/gmEqlk3JXn
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 28, 2019
Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, noted that he can't think of anything he himself has done 300 times.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman, meanwhile, talked about the machine-like work ethic Belichick still carries with him.
"I don’t know what keeps him motivated," Edelman, who caught two touchdowns in the win, said of Belichick. That’s one of the things that is the most extraordinary thing about him. He doesn’t ever let complacency kick in, and it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is. And that’s something I really look up to him [for], and something I try to pull from him. He’s a machine. He just does all the work. All the time. He never lets up, he never cuts a corner. That’s why he’s him."
But Belichick, as you could predict, has already turned the page to next week.
"It's a tough league to win in, so I'm proud of what the guys did, proud of what this team accomplished today, but we've got bigger goals ahead," Belichick noted. "We know the Ravens are going to be tough next week. They don't care about this game or what I did or what anybody else did, so we're going to have to turn the page quickly and move on to Baltimore."
The 8-0 Patriots will head into Baltimore as one of just two unbeaten teams in the NFL (the 49ers are the other, at 7-0).