FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick is the NFL’s longest-tenured head coach and has worked in the league for 43 straight years, so when he endorses someone for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it comes from a different perspective than the norm. His remarks on longtime Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt on Monday are one example of this.
Belichick had been asked about approaching Cowboys coach Tom Landry on the all-time coaching wins list -- Landry has 270 wins, while Belichick has 269 (including playoffs). He shared his thoughts on Landry and then diverted to Brandt.
“Looking at Gil Brandt, and the job he did with personnel, he certainly should be in the Hall of Fame based on his contributions to this game and contributions to the personnel and scouting side of it,” Belichick said. “He’d probably be the first guy I’d put in there.”
Belichick seldom gets into Hall of Fame credentials, although he did the same for former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison earlier this year.
As for Brandt, he has been a candidate in the Hall’s recently-created contributor category. He was the vice president of player personnel for the Cowboys from 1960-1989 and was considered a pioneer of many of the scouting techniques still used by clubs today.
The Cowboys won two Super Bowl championships, five NFC titles, 13 division titles and had 20 straight winning seasons (1966-1985) during Brandt’s tenure.