Bill Belichick first coached in Cleveland, from 1991-1995. His won lost
6-10, 7-9, 7-9, 11-5, and finally 5-11 before he was run out of town. He
was with Bill Parcells at the Jets for a few years, before jumping to coach
the Pats in 2000. He went 5-11 the first year, and was nearly run out of
But, he returned to win the superbowl in 2001.
Remember that he inherited a pretty good 8-8 Patriots team from Pete
Carroll. There was immediate churning of the roster, but he started off in
a good place, and now everyone believes in his system.
Nick came to the Dolphins last year, and inherited a very bad Dolphins team.
He churned the roster and got to 9-7. Yes, this year, he's off to a very
bad start, but what does that mean? He's a bad coach? I dont think so. He
has made some blunders as the coach, sure, but you can see some good things
in this team.
A few players are not playing well in key roles. There have been some bad
breaks, unlucky calls, and unfortunate bounces of the football. They have
been in every game they've played. Just look at the final scores. The
defense has played well enough, but the offense is not producing points.
It would seem that *most* of the players believe in the system. We'll see
how they perform the rest of the year.