It's been almost 10 years since the Patriots won their last Super Bowl. But according to one outlet, Bill Belichick's lofty place among the league's best coaches hasn't taken a hit.
The Sporting News ranked all NFL coaches No. 1 through 32 earlier this week, and Belichick was named the best of the best.
That New England is consistently in the conversation as a favorite to win the Lombardi Trophy speaks volumes to Belichick's abilities as a coach. And seasons like 2013, when a rash of injuries overcame the Patriots defense and they still made it to the AFC title game, serve as a reminder of his talents.
From The Sporting News:
It’s going to be a long time before any coach is able to dislodge him from the top, even if he never wins another Super Bowl. What makes him special, heading into Year 15 in New England: You can hardly remember the last time the Patriots began a season without being one of the favorites to win it all. Tom Brady or not, that’s indescribably hard to do.
The top three coaches were rounded out by reigning Super Bowl champ Pete Carroll and Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
The next best AFC coach in the rankings went to New York's other head man, Rex Ryan, at No. 17.
Bills coach Doug Marrone checked in at No. 24 while Miami's Joe Philbin was ranked No. 28 (one spot behind Houston's rookie head coach Bill O'Brien) after going 8-8 last season.
While the article's writer, David Steele, admits rankings like this are impossible to put together -- especially when four of the league's coaches are brand new -- he did have one simple rule of thumb before starting.
"Start with Bill Belichick and work your way down," he wrote.