Why Bill Belichick is the highest paid coach in sports…And Norv isn’t.

With my inaugural post here @ BB, I wanted to take an opportunity to tell you why another BB (Bill Belichick) will always top the Forbes’ highest-paid list (as long as he remains employed) and no one else need apply. There is always going to be an argument about who the best player in any sport is or who has the best run organization, but there will never be said argument when it comes to coaching. I think it’s important to put this into context, however, as Belichick’s last three years are Wade Phillips-esque. New England lost two straight HOME playoff games, both of which are directly on the coach, and we don’t really need to re-hash the game that was played in February 2008. I am not going to start bashing Charger fans about games that happened years ago, either, as we don’t need to get off on the wrong foot here. I’m Mat Latos right now. You don’t really know what to expect. Anyway, I thought it apropos to use last year’s Bolts-Pats game @ the Q to prove the above statement correct.


Coming into Week 7, the Bolts (2-4) had two games that saw Philip Rivers throw for more than 400 yards (both losses) and they were not scoring like they ultimately did to end the season. But, they had Norv, who removed a monkey by beating the Pats a year earlier, and Turner was lifetime 20-6 @ the Q. And, his QB was 28-6 in 34 career home starts with a ridiculous 51 TDs / 21 INTs, with a 98.9 rating. So, every week the Bolts are in San Diego, with Rivers, they should be @ least a 3-point favorite, regardless of the opponent.

The Pats, on the other hand, were 4-1 and coming off a week that took them to OT @ home against Baltimore, in what was a knock-down-drag out kinda game. New England was beat up and had to get on a plane to travel west; something that always raises the ire of any fan. (Dealing with travel in NFL is cliche, but it does account for something, right? I mean its what every Michael Strahan and Shannon Sharpe-type says. so it must be true.) Tom Brady had been mediocre to that point and the third-down defense for New England was dead last in the league.

So, a shootout loomed. Rivers against THAT secondary, at THAT stadium, with THAT crowd? No brainer. It didn’t happen that way, of course and it turned out to be an awful game to watch, until the end. Consequently, the end is what brings me to my point. If you recall, the Patriots brought a 20-3 lead into the fourth quarter, in large part, because of the Chargers. New England recovered three fumbles in the game, one of which was returned 63 yards when no one was looking (including Jacob Hester) and another was left on the field by a rookie wideout named Richard Goodman. That’s when Rivers went to work and brought the Bolts within a FG and New England going for it on fourth down (@ their 48), right @ the two minute warning. This is where BB earns his dough. Belichick calls a run left with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Antwan Applewhite blew it up. But due to Norv’s decision to not use his timeout between third and fourth down (the Pats began the drive with a little over four minutes left @ their 40) and because Kris Brown (more on him later) kicked the ball out of bounds, Rivers was left with two timeouts, when he only needed one. SD began their dive @ the 47 of NWE with 1:55 left and needing maybe 20 yards to give Brown a shot at tying the game. Rivers hits Gates twice, with the last bringing SD to the Pats’ 27 and 1:14 left, bringing up fourth down. Norv, inexpicably, decides to run the clock all the way to :28 seconds and bring out Brown to force OT. Louis Vazquez jumps the snap, backs Brown up and we all know the rest.

So here you have two polar opposites. Belichick was trying to win the game on fourth down and Turner was doing other things counter to ensure his team stayed out of that situation. There wasn’t anything that BB did in that game to warrant “Coach of the Year,” as the Bolts outgained NWE 363-179, but it was the cerebral part of this made you question, “How did we lose that freaking game?” The answer is Belichick. Turner should have given Rivers more time and effort to win a home game. I would go for it on every fourth-and-short, but you shouldn’t have to be kicking a 50-yard FG when you started @ the opponents 47. I know that. And, you have a top five player at the most important position in sports and you aren’t gonna give him a shot to win on his own turf? Really? That’s why Belichick wins 72% of the time. With a 28% exception, the other coach will make the wrong decisions, at the wrong time and he won’t. What he will do, however, is get paid enough that his tax bracket equals his winning percentage.

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  • Swift

    Wow, great writer. Leaves no room for a debate. Why is there a discussion section here?

    With this type of column BB(Bill) should pay you…or is he? ;)

    With that said, Ernie P., I’m going to go throw up. I can see it already, lots of Patriot-Chargers articles :(.

    • randyeball


      For what it’s worth BB doesn’t pay me directly, but I can say he pays in other ways :)

      As for you throwing up, I understand my audience and am not gonna go nuts on throwing Pats crap down your throats. I am an objective Charger-hater :)

      Thanks for the comments

  • Paul Maland

    There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Belichick is one the greatest coaches of all time in the National Football League. The unfortunate part of his legacy is that even after being warned in 2006 about his video taping of opposing teams hand signals, he continued to tape all the way through 2008 when he was accused of the Spygate Scandal. The public will never know the full truth about the scandal or lack there of, but that will hover as a taint to the Patriots glow for years to come.

    And while us Charger fans still anxiously await the next shot for our team to hold up that Lombardi trophy for the first time, the closest thing we have is when we beat the Boston PATRIOTS in the AFL Championship game.

    The Chargers currently have a better ranked passing offense, better pass defense, better rush defense, and only trail by 10 yards per game average behind New England in rushing. (and that’s coming off an injury riddled season for the Bolts rushing game)

    All I have to say is BRING ON WEEK 2! September 18, 2011 marks the day that Rivers and the Bolts take a win IN GILLETTE stadium to start the season 2-0!


    • randyeball


      Spygate is a black eye on the Patriots that will never go away, no doubt. And isn’t it odd that NWE has not made it to a Championship game since that rat Eric Mangini blew the lid off.

      The Chargers have all the talent in the world and a LEGIT winning QB, but, to me, it’s the coaching and it has been since LT became part of the organization. If they had even a Lovie Smith-type you’d be a lot happier Bolts fan.

      Thanks for reading…

  • San Diego Charger Fans in Austin

    Really Belichick is a better coach than Norv is your opening artical. That is like writing an entire artical saying that the number 10 is a larger number than the number 3. LOL, great insight.

    • randyeball

      Fan in Austin:

      Yeah, you’re right, saying BB is better than Norv is stating the obvious, but I was hoping it would come across in a different way. I was hoping to quantify a particular reason why Belichick is far and above EVERYONE, not just Turner.

      Thanks for reading!

  • GiantBoyDective

    Randy made some good points. How about he writes an article explaining how Rex Ryan’s fat ass was able 2 knock them out of playoffs

    • randyeball

      Great suggestion GiantBoy. I promise I’ll post that soon. I will tell you, however, that Belichick was outclassed by Ryan last season (twice) and Jon Harbaugh the year before. As I stated, BB has had a tough three years and his QB has had it even worse come playoff time.

      Thanks for reading..