Belichick heads field of quality coach of the year contenders

There have been so many outstanding head coaching jobs done this season, Bill Belichick might discover it was easier to claim a fourth Super Bowl title than to be cited as the league's best mentor.

Originally Published: December 21, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

It wasn't that many years ago when sports aficionados wanting to witness a terrific coaching battle -- two great minds working the sidelines and playing the dual megalomaniacal roles of chess master and puppeteer -- would just tune in to an NBA game.

Colorful and clever coaches matched wits and strategies and designs, deftly manipulated personnel and tempo by micromanaging every move, and determined the outcome of most contests. In a tension-filled timeout, the coaches would ...

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