Belichick doesn’t see himself with Halas, Lombardi and Brown as coaching greats

Jan 30, 2018
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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shields his eyes from the lights as he listens to a question during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Minneapolis.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was uncomfortable comparing himself to coaching legends George Halas and Vince Lombardi on Tuesday. 
However, he could tie both with a six NFL titles with another Super Bowl victory. The Patriots are set to face the Eagles in Super Bowl LII at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

Belichick said he felt that Cleveland and Cincinnati founder Paul Brown should be included in the group of coaching greats. Brown has four AAFC and three NFL titles.

Although the four would make quite a Mount Rushmore of football coaches.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Belichick said Tuesday when asked where he fits in football coaching history. “They were such great legendary coaches. I don’t see myself (in that group).”

Belichick quipped on Monday that the only difference regarding in his eighth Super Bowl trip is that this one is “in Minnesota.”

He went a little farther on Tuesday in the difficulty in getting to a championship game.

“The venues are different,” Belichick said. “The matchups are different. So, the road that each team has traveled to get here is different. As is the road that your opponent has traveled is different. Each one is uniquely special. Super Bowl (XXI) in Pasadena as an assistant is different from being a head coach. I was at a different point in my life. They are all special. They are awfully hard to, this is a hard place to get to.”

“They are all good. They’re all special. It’s a great feeling to be here.”