Originally posted on Projo Pats Blog  |  Last updated 1/30/12
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By Brian MacPhersonINDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick made his name as a defensive coordinator with the New York Giants, as a head coach with the New England Patriots. In between those stops, however, Belichick flopped as a head coach with the Cleveland Browns and had to go back to the ranks of assistant coaches -- working again with Bill Parcells, with whom he'd worked for so many years with the Giants, both in New England and with the New York Jets. The extra years as an assistant coach, in and of themselves, didn't teach teach Belichick anything that would launch him on what became a Hall of Fame-caliber head-coaching career. The extra years did, however, give him a new perspective on the game and his role in it. It wasn't what he learned in those years, in other words, as much as how he learned. "You understand more of what the head coach is going through when you've been a head coach than you do when you're an assistant coach and you haven't had that responsibility," Belichick said.
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