What? He has never been on the hotseat since arriving in NE. Three years ago he was still purging the team of the Pete Carroll years and just starting to bring in his own players. He won that year with superior coaching with very average talent. By 2003 he now has a much more talented team with most guys he drafted or signed (with Pioli), only one guy left from Carroll's years (Faulk) and a few vets from the Parcells years.
No, I disagree. Belichek was on the hot seat three years ago just like DW is now.