What we hoped is now official: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been named the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year. This is Belichick's third time receiving the award. Here's the a piece from the AP story:
Bill Belichick is closing in on Don Shula.
The New England coach Bill Belichick won The Associated Press 2010 NFL Coach of the Year award on Wednesday, the third time Belichick has earned the honor. Belichick, who also won in 2003 and 2007, now trails only Don Shula, a four-time winner of the award.
For leading the Patriots to a 14-2 record, the best in the league, Belichick received 30 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. That easily beat Raheem Morris, who led a turnaround in Tampa Bay and got 11½ votes.
While Bill Belichick likely won't make a big deal about receiving the award, I'm glad to see him get it as he most certainly deserved it. Considering the way the Patriots have re-tooled over the last two seasons, and the success they've had, particularly with their 14 wins this season, it's almost scary to think what Belichick will be able to do once this group of Patriots gets a little bit more experience under their belts.