Belichick still rules the roost, from a money standpoint

Posted by Mike Florio on May 17, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT

Yeah, it’s been eight years and counting since he won a Super Bowl. But the man who managed to hold a championship team together long enough to win three titles in four years in part by convincing players to take less is getting more than any other coach in any other sport.

According to Forbes, Pats coach Bill Belichick is the highest-paid coach, at $7.5 million per year.

Among those tied at No. 2 is the guy who appeared on Wednesday’s PFT Live. (Here’s a hint: It’s not Tom Curran.) Along with Celtics coach Doc Rivers, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan makes $7 million annually.

So do Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

At No. 6 is Bears coach Lovie Smith, who earns $6 million per year. At No. 8 are Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, at $5.75 million annually. Eagles coach Andy Reid comes in 10th, at $5.5 million per year.

The only other non-football coach on the list is Spurs coach Greg Popvich, who is tied with Smith at $6 million per year.

On the outside looking in — for now — is the guy who has won two Super Bowls in the last five years. Sooner rather than later, Giants coach Tom Coughlin likely will be in the top 10, too.
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