Belichick ranks No. 7 in ESPN all-time list

Belichick ranks No. 7 in ESPN all-time list
June 5, 2013, 11:30 am
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick is known throughout New England as the architect of one of the most dominant runs in NFL history. 

With 3 Super Bowls, 5 AFC Championships and an undefeated regular season in 13 years, there's no question Belichick is the most successful coach in team history. Patriots fans often think of Belichick as a genius, a man who can do no wrong, arguably the greatest coach of all-time. And most importantly, he's the man who discovered Tom Brady.

But Belichick hasn't been perfect. The Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl in eight years despite annually dominating the regular season, losing both trips to the New York Giants in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. 

Those blemishes may have been just enough to hold Belichick back from the near top of ESPN's "Greatest Coaches in NFL History" Top 20 countdown. The network's panel rated him No. 7 all-time, just ahead of Tom Landry and Joe Gibbs.

No. 6 will be revealed on Thursday, and the countdown will continue through Tuesday, June 11 when the top coach in NFL history in their opinion is selected. 

The countdown is being held by ESPN to "celebrate the 100th anniversary of Vince Lombardi's birth."

Belichick enters his 14th season in New England this fall, making him the longest tenured active head coach in the NFL. In 13 years with the Patriots, he's compiled a 151-57 regular-season record with a 17-7 mark in the playoffs.