New England is home to three of the best professional sports teams in all of America. The Boston Celtics, New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox all have a legitimate chance of winning a championship in 2011. At the helm of each of these juggernauts is a witty head coach whom has been instrumental in the team’s success. So who is the best head coach in all of New England professional sports? This list attempts to answer that question.
Doc Rivers: In basketball there is only so much a coach can do. One aspect of the game a head coach in basketball has much control over is drawing plays out of timeouts. Rivers has proved that he is one of the best in basketball at drawing up x’s and o’s. Additionally, Rivers has been able to maintain several big personalities on the Celtic’s roster in his time as head coach. In fact, he helped Stephon Marbury appear reasonably sane a couple years ago. Rivers has also helped relay his knowledge of the point guard position (which he himself played in the NBA) to Rajon Rondo. Having Rivers as the third best coach in New England Professional Sports is certainly not a bash on his ability considering the legends I have ranked in front of him.
Terry Francona: Tito came into Boston with a lot of pressure on his shoulders after the ’03 Grady Little debacle. In 2004, Francona won the hearts of New England sports fans by ending the “Curse of the Bambino,” as the Red Sox won their first championship in 86 years. Not only did Francona help reverse the curse but he defeated the team New England fans hate the most, the New York Yankees, in the American League Championship series, unlike his predecessor. If Francona had taken over a year sooner, perhaps he would have made a call to the bullpen instead of leaving Pedro Martinez in the 2003 American League Championship Series. Perhaps the history of New England sports could have been rewritten by the legendary Coach Tito.
Bill Belichick: In a few years we could be talking about Belichick being the best coach in the history of New England Sports even perhaps better than the Legend himself, Red Auerbeck. So far Belichick has three Superbowl rings to his credit as the head coach of the New England Patriots. Belichick’s defining quality is that he seems to be able to get his player’s to perform at a higher level than expected. For instance, this season the Patriots defense is made up mostly of no-name young players. Yet, Belichick has found a way to have his defense be adequate enough to help the Patriots win games. He constantly outwits his opposing counterparts both on and off the field. Sure there are critics who will bring up the whole “Spygate” controversy. Yet, the fact of the matter is that Belichick has brought the Patriots to four Superbowls and won three.