New England Patriots Links 4/16/12 - Patriots Offseason Program Begins on Patriots Day

Happy 60th birthday coach! My invitation to your surprise party earlier this month must have gotten lost in the mail.

Peter King speculates on how much longer Bill Belichick has on the sideline, after 17 years as a head coach.

Finally, it's fitting that, on Patriots Day in Massachusetts, Bill Belichick celebrates his 60th birthday. Time to wonder how much longer the 17-year head coach has on the sidelines.

Belichick doesn't seem to age in dog years the way some coaches do. He has said he won't be coaching until he's 70, but no one with the Patriots thinks he's in his final year or two either.

He starts 2012 ninth on the all-time win list, with a 192-104 record, including playoffs. Next to pass: Chuck Knox (193), Dan Reeves (201), Marty Schottenheimer (205). All of those men could be passed this season, if the Patriots excel in the regular season again.

Then we get to the top five: Chuck Noll 209, Curly Lambeau 229, Tom Landry 270, George Halas 324 and Don Shula 347. I can see him passing Noll and Lambeau, but the siren song of his life outside football might be too great for him to coach the seven or eight more years he'd need, realistically, to catch Landry, particularly with Tom Brady getting up there in age. But sometime in the next two seasons, we should see Belichick enter the hallowed ground of the five winningest coaches ever.

Mark Daniels notes that for the first time in his NFL career, Danny Woodhead will walk into today's offseason training session as the most experienced RB on the team.

"I don’t think it really means anything’s changed — the way I train, the way I get ready or my mindset," Woodhead said. "I think I need to go in and do whatever I can to get better and whatever I can to help the team out."

"I feel good going in and excited to get back with my teammates and working out."

Karen Guregian reports Vince Wilfork will again be hosting his annual draft day fundraiser benefiting the Joslin Diabetes Center, at Pinz in Milford;

"One thing I want to get out of this, I want the fans to be happy. That’s my main thing. I want them to get a chance to interact with me. To see me as Vince Wilfork [stats] the father, Vince Wilfork the husband, Vince Wilfork the friend. Not Vince Wilfork the football player," he said. "I think sometimes people see me on TV and automatically assume something. Then, when they meet me, they see I’m a regular person. I go to the grocery store. I shop. I don’t need nobody to shop for me; I do all that myself. That’s what I want people to get out of this. I think that’s why every year (the event) grows. I want them to see me as a person. That way, they’ll really get to understand who I am."




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