Do Cleveland Browns Fans Still Resent Bill Belichick?

While Browns fans are likely celebrating the fact that the Baltimore Ravens once again missed out on a chance to go to the Super Bowl, there is still a major Cleveland connection in this year’s game that might ruffle some feathers.

It comes in the form of former Cleveland Browns head coach Bill Belichick, who will be going to yet another Super Bowl as head coach of the New England Patriots.

The argument over whether fans should still be bitter about the success of the Ravens still rages on, so it begs the question: is anyone out there still bitter over Bill Belichick?

He had a 37-45 overall record in Cleveland and is known for benching quarterback Bernie Kosar for “diminishing skills,” opting to go with Vinny Testaverde instead. Belichick did take the team to the playoffs in 1994, but was 5-11 in his last season with the team (which was also the Browns’ last season in Cleveland before moving to Baltimore).

Since resigning from the organization in 1996, Belichick has gone on to become – arguably – one of the greatest head coaches of all-time. His Patriots are about to appear in their fifth Super Bowl, and are looking to win their fourth, on February 5.

But, like the success of a team like the Ravens, do Browns fans feel burned by Belichick’s yearly assault on the Super Bowl? Obviously, there were different circumstances surrounding the Browns of the mid-90s compared to the Patriots of the 2000s, but still, it must have that familiar tinge of “That’s just the luck of the Cleveland Browns.”

It simply comes down to the fact that Belichick needed his rocky experiences in Cleveland to take with him to a future head coaching position. It’s unfortunate that the Browns were that stepping stone, but is that really something to blame Belichick over?

What do you say, Browns fans?

Topics: Baltimore Ravens, Bill Belichick, Cleveland Browns

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  • texline42

    I’ve never quite understood the animosity toward Belichick from Browns fans in the the first place. Did they think he was trying to lose when he was there? I was, and am, a big Kosar fan. I think he has a brilliant football mind, and will make a great coach, but benching him for Testaverde was the right move. Great minds are terrific to have, but physically, Kosar was going down hill fast. In no way, shape, or form, can Belichick be held responsible for the team moving to Baltimore. That was all Art, as the HOF snubbing shows, and rightfully so. Belichick is the greatest coach of our time, if not EVER. The ONLY reason for Browns fans to hate him is jealousy. They are mad that he went somewhere else and reached the pinnacle consistently, but if memory serves, he was fired by the Browns. Did people just expect him to quit? Hell, they ran him out of town, and then got mad because he won somewhere else. Although I do not live in Cleveland, I have been a Browns fan since birth. Almost 50 years and Belichick has what no Browns coach before or after him has EVER had.Big Brass Balls. He pushes the envelope and is not afraid to fail and adapts his approach to compliment his players instead of attempting to change players to his system, a practice also known as trying to fit square pegs into round holes. He consistently finds no-name players and makes the best of their skill set. He constantly looks for an edge. He’s a winner. And they fired him. Put the blame where it belongs.

  • texline42

    I might add that I would take 1/2 of Bill Belichick over 100 Mike Holmgrens and 1,000,000 Pat Shurmurs put together.

  • texline42

    I need to clarify that though he resigned in Cleveland, everyone knows he was forced out. That is why I say fired in the previous post.

  • texline42

    I’ve never quite understood the animosity toward Belichick from Browns fans in the the first place. Did they think he was trying to lose when he was there? I was, and am, a big Kosar fan. I think he has a brilliant football mind, and will make a great coach, but benching him for Testaverde was the right move. Great minds are terrific to have, but physically, Kosar was going down hill fast. In no way, shape, or form, can Belichick be held responsible for the team moving to Baltimore. That was all Art, as the HOF snubbing shows, and rightfully so. Belichick is the greatest coach of our time, if not EVER. The ONLY reason for Browns fans to hate him is jealousy. They are mad that he went somewhere else and reached the pinnacle consistently, but if memory serves, he was fired by the Browns. Did people just expect him to quit? Hell, they ran him out of town, and then got mad because he won somewhere else. Although I do not live in Cleveland, I have been a Browns fan since birth. Almost 50 years and Belichick has what no Browns coach before or after him has EVER had.Big Brass Balls. He pushes the envelope and is not afraid to fail and adapts his approach to compliment his players instead of attempting to change players to his system, a practice also known as trying to fit square pegs into round holes. He consistently finds no-name players and makes the best of their skill set. He constantly looks for an edge. He’s a winner. And they fired him. Put the blame where it belongs.

  • texline42

    I might add that I would take 1/2 of Bill Belichick over 100 Mike Holmgrens and 1,000,000 Pat Shurmurs put together.

  • texline42

    I need to clarify that though he resigned in Cleveland, everyone knows he was forced out. That is why I say fired in the previous post.