Bill Belichick’s Feud With Don Shula Is Likely To Prolong The Patriots Dynasty Well Into The Future

When Bill Belichick recently changed his mind about his coaching timeline, it leads you to wonder what possibly can motivate the man that has done it all. Perhaps his disdain for Don Shula is the key to Belichick’s future as the Patriots head coach. Shula famously coined the phrase “Beli-cheat” to describe his feelings about the Patriots head coach, and I am sure that doesn’t sit well with Belichick. Spite is a powerful motivator, and with Don Shula’s wins record now in site, Belichick may want to knock Shula down in the record books more than ever.

During an appearance on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Show, Belichick was asked about a statement he once made about how long he plans to coach. Back in 2009 during his segment of “A Football Life” documentary , Belichick said, “I won’t be like Marv Levy and coaching in my 70s, I know that.”

Well, his 70s are only a few years away at this point. So, is it still true?
“When I said it, maybe I didn’t know what 70 felt like,” Belichick told WEEI. “So not really sure if that’s an accurate statement.”

Don Shula’s (347) wins on the all-time coaching wins list doesn’t look impossible to catch. If the Patriots can continue as a contender for another 4 or 5 years that should be enough to pass Shula. By the time this season is over the number will be much closer. Belichick is sure to remember how much Don Shula has run his mouth since the 2007 season, and topping him on the All time wins list should be enough to keep him around.