- Belichick has spent the last 23 years as head coach of the New England Patriots
- But many forget he also enjoyed five years with the Browns early in his career
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Bill Belichick has spent the last 23 years as head coach of the New England Patriots – meaning some of his early roles in the NFL are often forgotten.
After enjoying coaching spells with the Baltimore Colts, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos and New York Giants, Belichick was handed his first top job with the Cleveland Browns back in 1991.
And as he continues to lead New England, a photo from his time in Cleveland has been unearthed.
The 71-year-old looks unrecognizable in his younger days with long brown hair, an orange Browns polo shirt and baggy beige pants.
Belichick spent five years in Cleveland and led the team to the playoffs in 1994 before he was fired two years later.
Bill Belichick has spent the last 23 years as head coach of the New England Patriots – meaning some of his early roles in the NFL are often forgotten
The 71-year-old looks unrecognizable in his younger days with the Cleveland Browns
He then assumed assistant coaching roles with the Patriots and the New York Jets before being hired as New England head coach in 2000.
During his legendary stint with the organization, Belichick has led New England to six Super Bowl victories and picked up three Coach of the Year awards.
However, the long-time head coach now finds himself under pressure amid a poor run of form in the 2023 season.
The Patriots are currently rock bottom of the AFC East after winning two of their eight games so far this term.
Iconic former quarterback Tom Brady recently told his old head coach that he needs to change his strategy in order to keep his New England reign alive.
Brady claimed that Belichick isn’t coaching the team any differently to how he used to, saying on his Let’s Go podcast: ‘You’ve got to change your strategy, different weeks there’s different challenges, and I think the Patriots, they’re just having a tough stretch, just not playing with the kind of confidence that you’ve always seen.
‘Obviously Coach Belichick, I don’t think he’s coaching any different now than the way he coached when we were undefeated. There’s a lot of things that need to go right in order to win and succeed.’