Many people call him a cheater, and others think he is just an arrogant jerk. Regardless of your opinion, there is simply no denying that Bill Belichick is on track to go down as best coach in the history of the National Football League. With 13 division titles, six AFC titles, and four Super Bowl titles, what he does as the head coach and General Manager of the New England Patriots is truly remarkable. Equally impressive is the job he does running the franchise’s personnel department.
For starters, he is responsible for drafting Tom Brady, who is arguably the greatest player in NFL history. Beyond that, we could list countless additional draft picks, trades, and free-agent signings that make him a Hall of Fame-caliber front office executive. But what truly sets Belichick apart from his peers is his ability to make difficult decisions and part ways with Pro Bowl- and All-Pro-caliber players if doing so is what’s best for the team.
The reality of the situation in New England is that anybody not named Tom Brady instantly becomes expendable if they don’t fit in with the “Patriot Way.” Here are 11 big-name players who Belichick has sent packing during his reign in New England.