In 18 years, that first season remains the only time he’s had a losing record in New England. In his second year, he implemented an offense that elevated second-year quarterback Tom Brady to Super Bowl MVP. Since 2001, he’s averaged 12.3 wins per regular season and racked up 27 total playoff wins, including five NFL championships. No one in league history has ever won like Belichick has won.
Hue Jackson has gone 1-31 as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, and somehow the only repercussion from his worst-ever experience so far will be jumping into some water. In June.
Jackson will dive into Lake Erie June 1, following up on his post-2016 promise his Browns wouldn’t repeat their awful 1-15 season in 2017. While the woefully unsuccessful head coach was technically correct — Cleveland was somehow an even more ignominious 0-16 last fall — he’s still getting dunked in order to make good on [his] word.
Losing Miller was a major blow to a Chicago offense in desperate need of playmakers around then-rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky last fall. The veteran tight end was coming off the most productive season of his career despite having played just 10 games in 2016 and was tagged as Trubisky’s sure-handed checkdown target last fall. He struggled alongside early-season starter Mike Glennon but had developed a rapport with Trubisky, catching touchdowns in two of his final four games — three if you count the awfully-overturned reception that nearly cost him his leg.
The Bears have beefed up their tight end corps in his absence, most notably signing former Eagle Trey Burton to a four-year, $32 million pact. Adam Shaheen, a 2017 second-round pick, will also get plenty of chances to prove himself as more than just a ball of potential.
Chicago was well-staffed at tight end and didn’t need to sign a player who may never take the field. Instead, they kept Miller in the fold, rewarding four years of hard work and giving him a fair shake in his journey toward an NFL comeback. There aren’t too many six-figure signings to get excited about in the league, but Miller’s reunion with the Bears is one of them.