Bill Belichick finishes third in AP Coach of Year voting
|02.01.14 at 7:18 pm ET|
Rivera won the award for the first time after leading the 12-4 Panthers to the NFC South title. He’s the second Carolina coach to win the award — Dom Capers won it in 1996, leading the Panthers to a 12-4 mark in their second year of existence.
Rivera received 21½ votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. That was enough to beat out Reid, who got 13½ votes. Belichick got seven votes for third place, while Philly’s Chip Kelly got four votes for fourth. Seattle’s Pete Carroll and Arizona’s Bruce Arians got two votes each to round out the group.
Belichick has won three Coach of the Year Awards, taking home the hardware in 2003, 2007 and 2010. (He only trails Don Shula, who has won the award four times.)
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