DALLAS -- Bill Belichick was named Associated Press Coach of the Year tonight.
Belichick earned 30 of a possible 50 votes, followed by Tampa Bay's Raheem Morris (11.5), Kansas City's Todd Haley (4.5), Atlanta's Mike Smith (1), Philadelphia's Andy Reid (1), Chicago's Lovie Smith (1) and St. Louis' Steve Spagnuolo (1).
"I accept the award on behalf of the entire organization -- ownership, our assistant coaches and certainly the players -- they're the ones that stepped up and made the plays this year," Belichick said in an NFL Network phone interview. "We had a lot of new people on the team, young players that contributed. It's certainly an honor to receive this award on behalf of our performance in the regular season. Unfortunately, we weren't able to carry that over into the playoffs."
This is Belichick's third AP Coach of the Year honor (2003, 2007, 2010). Belichick became the first coach in NFL history to direct a team to a 14-win regular season four different times.