Belichick on 200 wins: 'It's been a privilege'


Belichick on 200 wins: 'It's been a privilege'

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- New England's 49-19 win over the Jets Thursday night was a much bigger benchmark than win No. 8 of the 2012 season. The Thanksgiving victory also went in the books as the 200th of Bill Belichick's career.

He's just the eighth coach in NFL history to hit that mark.

"It's been a privilege and a great opportunity to coach the players that won those games," Belichick said at his post game press conference. "I never made a block, didn't make a tackle, didn't throw a pass, didn't kick a ball; the players won them. It's an honor to coach the group of players that go out there and make the plays to win those games and that's what happened today. The players went out there and made the plays and they deserved to win."

Belichick's first job as a head coach came in 1991 for the Browns. He was in Cleveland until February of 1996. From there, he moved to New England as an assistant under Bill Parcells.

After a two year stint with the Jets, Belichick became Patriots bench boss in 2000.

"It's a privilege to coach this team for Mr. Robert Kraft, the Kraft family, the Patriots organization, and the players that are on it. It's nice, but it's really more of a reflection of what the players have done."

Quarterback Tom Brady, who has played under Belichick for the duration of his 13-year career, shared his thoughts on the milestone after the Jets game.

"There's no coach I'd ever want to play for than him. He's so consistent, and as a player, I think we really appreciate that. He's tough, he's disciplined, and that's what we need. That's the way our program is run. He expects us to play at a high level every week. He has high expectations in practice every day. That's what you look for in a coach -- someone that gets the best out of all the players that he coaches. He certainly does that."

Belichick and the Patriots will try for win No. 201 against Miami on December 2.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.