Forzano coached the Lions in 1974-76, compiling a 15-17 record as the team moved from Tiger Stadium to the Pontiac Silverdome, but his tenure in Detroit is better known for helping to start the career of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Forzano briefly lived with Belichick’s family in 1959 after joining Navy as an assistant coach — and colleague of Belichick’s father, Steve, on the Navy coaching staff — and asked 10-year-old Bill to break

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