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The Numbers Behind Billick

The Numbers Behind Billick

The Numbers Behind Billick

It appears Brian Billick has entered the "Who Wants to Interiew to Be Head Coach of the Eagles" contest that is sweeping the nation. (Steve Ruark/AP file photo)
It appears Brian Billick has entered the "Who Wants to Interiew to Be Head Coach of the Eagles" contest that is sweeping the nation. (Steve Ruark/AP file photo)

It appears that NFL FOX commentator — and former Super Bowl-winning coach — Brian Billick has entered the "Who Wants to Interiew to Be Head Coach of the Eagles" contest that is sweeping the nation. So, we dutifully trot out some numbers on him ...

♦ Of the 28 coaches who have won the Supe, only five of them have a worse career regular season winning percentage that Billick's .556 (80-64 in 9 seasons with the Ravens). That is the exact same record as another Supe winner, Jimmy Johnson.

♦ For comparisons sake, the cumulative winning percentage of the 28 SB-winning coaches is .601 (3577-2366-48).

♦ Billick's record over his last three seasons in Baltimore was 24-24. (Andy Reid's record in his last three seasons in Philadelphia was 22-26.)

♦ Billick did win the first five NFL playoff games he ever coached ... 

♦ ...  But he lost his last three playoff games (by a total of 29 points), including two at home. (Reid also lost his last three playoff games — by 32 points — only one of them at home.)

♦ Billick took the Ravens to the postseason four times in nine seasons. (Reid took the Birds nine times in 14 seasons.) 

 CAREER REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
 OF SUPER-BOWL WINNING COACHES
 Rk.    Coach    W    L    T  Pct.
   1.  John Madden  103     32     7  .750 
   2.  Vince Lombardi      96    34    6  .728
   3.  Don Shula  328  156    6  .676
   4.  Tony Dungy  139    69    0  .668
   5.  Mike McCarthy    74    38    0  .661
   6.  Mike Tomlin    63    33    0  .656
   7.  Bill Bellichick  187  101    0  .649
   8.  George Seifert  114    62    0  .648
   9.  Sean Payton    62    34    0  .646
 10.  Barry Switzer    40    24    0  .625
 11.  Bill Cowher  149    90    1  .623
 12.  Joe Gibbs  154    94    0  .621
 13.  Don McCafferty    28    17    2   .617
 14.  Bill Walsh    92    59    1  .609
 15.  Tom Landry  250  162    6  .605
 16.  Mike Holmgren  161  111    0  .592
 17.  Mike Shanahan  167  125    0  .572
 18.  Hank Stram  131    97  10  .571
 19.  Bill Parcells  172  130    1  .569
 20.  Chuck Noll  193  148    1  .566
 21.  Mike Ditka  121    95    0  .560
 22.  Jimmy Johnson    80    64    0  .556
   Brian Billick    80    64    0  .556
 24.  Tom Coughlin  151  121    0  .555
 25.  Jon Gruden    95    81    0  .540
 26.  Tom Flores    98    87    0  .527
 27.  Dick Vermeil  120  109    0  .524
 28.  Weeb Ewbank  130  129    7  .502
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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