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So how much would you pay for 176 wins (both playoffs and regular season), 4 AFC Championship titles, 3 Super Bowl titles and one hacked up hoodie? The Patriots clearly think that when you add all that up it comes to just about $7.5 Million a year.
According to Forbes, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is now the highest paid coach in professional sports. Phil Jackson was, but now thanks to a second round playoff exit in the his final season he’s now happily retired. For years we’ve been trying to figure out the parameters of the hooded menace’s contract and apparently Forbes has cracked the code with this estimate.
Bill makes more bills than both Mike Shanahan and Pete Carroll. Forbes estimates that both Shanahan and Carroll make close to $7 million. Another local coach in another sport just inked himself a deal for $7 million. Doc Rivers signed on with the Celtics for five more years this week.
Big Bill is certainly deserving of the highest paid title if Forbes is in fact correct. Along with the championships, he’s won coach of the year three times (2003, 2007, 2010) and has won 72% of his games. To top it all of he coached the Patriots to a perfect regular season in 2007.
The future Hall-of-Fame coach has proven that he’s one of, if not the best coach ever to pace an NFL sideline. Hell, I’d put his face on the Bills. In Bill we trust right?!
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