INDIANAPOLIS — Bill Belichick says he’s focusing on Sunday’s Super Bowl and not thinking about retiring after 37 years as a coach in the NFL.

In his final news conference before the New England Patriots face the New York Giants, he was asked today if winning his sixth NFL championship as an assistant or head coach might influence him to retire.

He didn’t answer directly but said he still enjoys coaching young players and veterans and likes preparing them for games and the games themselves.

“It beats working,” said Belichick, who turns 60 on April 16.

He also said that tight end Rob Gronkowski, recovering from a high left ankle sprain, appeared to have no setbacks from his first Super Bowl practice on Thursday.

BELICHICK BY THE NUMBERS

REGULAR SEASON

Year          Team            W         L
1991    Cleveland           6        10
1992    Cleveland           7          9
1993    Cleveland           7          9
1994    Cleveland           1          5
1995    Cleveland           5        11
2000    New England      5        11
2001    New England     11         5
2002    New England      9          7
2003    New England    14        2
2004    New England;   14        2
2005    New England    10        6
2006    New England    12        4
2007    New England    16        0
2008    New England    11        5
2009    New England    10        6
2010    New England    14        2
2011    New England    13        3

Cleveland total             36      44
New England total      139      53
Overall                         175      97

PLAYOFFS

1994 — Won wild-card playoff against New England 20-13; Lost divisional playoff to Pittsburgh 29-9.

2001 — Won divisional playoff against Oakland 16-13, OT; Won AFC championship against Pittsburgh 24-17; Won Super Bowl against St. Louis 20-17.

2003 — Won divisional playoff against Tennessee 17-14; Won AFC championship against Indianapolis 24-14; Won Super Bowl against Carolina 32-29.

2004 — Won divisional playoff against Indianapolis 20-3; Won AFC championship against Pittsburgh 41-27; Won Super Bowl against Philadelphia 24-21.

2005 — Won wild-card playoff against Jacksonville 28-3; Lost divisional playoff to Denver 27-13.

2006 — Won wild-card playoff against N.Y. Jets 37-16; Won divisional playoff against San Diego 24-21; Lost AFC championship to Indianapolis 34-30.

2007 — Won divisional playoff against Jacksonville 31-20; Won AFC championship against San Diego 21-12; Lost Super Bowl against N.Y. Giants 17-14.

2009 — Lost wild-card playoff to Baltimore 33-14.

2010 — Lost divisional playoff to N.Y. Jets 28-21.

2011 — Won divisional playoff against Devner 45-10; Won AFC championship against Baltimore 23-20.

 

 


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