May 18, 2024

Patriots

“They’d a minimum of need some type of compensation to make this occur.”

Invoice Belichick’s job safety has been known as into query over the previous couple of weeks. (AP Picture/Michael Probst)

Issues haven’t been going nicely for Invoice Belichick in 2023.

With New England mired in a 2-7 begin coming into Sunday’s worldwide sport towards the Colts in Germany, questions concerning Belichick’s job safety have swirled across the Patriots over the previous couple of weeks.

However even when New England continues to flounder on the backside of the AFC standings, might Robert Kraft decide to fireplace the legendary head coach earlier than this 2023 marketing campaign wraps?

It will be a stunning consequence for a Patriots franchise anchored by stability for many of Belichick’s 24 seasons in Foxborough.

However even when Kraft finally decides {that a} seismic shift in New England’s management is required, NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport defined why any transfer doesn’t make sense in the midst of the season.

“To begin with, it’s the best coach of all time. Generally these guys are handled in a different way,” Rapoport famous on NFL GameDay. “The opposite a part of this, functionally, if Belichick goes to someway, someway going to teach elsewhere subsequent yr, the Patriots have him beneath contract. They’d a minimum of need some type of compensation to make this occur.

“In the event you’re going to fireplace him, what’s that going to do? Does it offer you a leap on a course of when chances are you’ll have already got his successor within the constructing in Jerod Mayo? Lots of the explanation why it might not make sense to maneuver on from Invoice Belichick, a minimum of through the season.”

Rapoport additionally famous that Belichick’s “multi-year” contract extension is just working by way of the 2024 season. Not solely does that give New England an incentive to hunt compensation if it does determine to let Belichick coach elsewhere subsequent season, but it surely’s additionally removed from a prolonged contract that provides Belichick loads of respiration room at his present submit.

“It’s a new contract for Invoice Belichick that places him beneath contract a minimum of this yr and subsequent yr — that present of assist from proprietor Robert Kraft and the crew’s brass earlier than the season,” Rapoport stated. “That’s the contractual finish of this.

“My understanding is Robert Kraft, the proprietor, is just not inclined to fireplace Invoice Belichick midseason, which is unbelievable and superb that we’re even discussing this. However given the report, given the final couple years, a minimum of it’s a subject in New England on the airwaves and elsewhere.”