July 17, 2024

Patriots

“I believe he will likely be in both the nation’s capital or he’ll be teaching the Los Angeles Chargers.”

Bill Belichick, Head Coach of the New England Patriots, looks on in the first quarter during the NFL match between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots at Deutsche Bank Park on November 12, 2023 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Invoice Belichick and the Patriots are actually simply 2-8 on the season. Alex Grimm/Getty Photos

With the Patriots floundering at 2-8 getting into their bye week, all eyes are on Invoice Belichick and whether or not or not his reign in Foxborough is coming to an finish.

The discourse surrounding Belichick’s job safety has ramped up with every new loss doled out to a lackluster roster largely assembled by the longer term Corridor-of-Fame coach.

And although former Patriots like Tedy Bruschi and NFL insiders like Ian Rapoport have brushed apart discuss that Robert Kraft would possibly choose to fireplace Belichick earlier than the 2023 season involves an in depth, it’s turning into clear that even a coach with Belichick’s lofty resume won’t be resistant to no matter ramifications come from a massively disappointing marketing campaign. 

Talking on “The Pat McAfee Present,” on Monday, ESPN insider Adam Schefter acknowledged that Belichick’s long-term future in Foxborough is much from a assure, with Kraft’s determination looming as one of many storylines within the NFL.

“We’re within the time of the 12 months the place groups are making a playoff push or their coach is coming below fireplace … “Belichick I believe, clearly, turns into probably the most fascinating subject of just about any NFL story proper now, and what a adorned franchise and an achieved proprietor and historic coach all determine to do on the finish of the season,” Schefter stated. “And we don’t know the way that’s gonna go.

“None of us know the way that’s gonna go. However all people’s ready to see and the truth that it’s even a subject is what makes it so fascinating.”

Talking throughout NBC’s NFL protection on Sunday night time, former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett joined the big refrain of former soccer gamers, coaches and staffers who don’t consider that Kraft will rip off the Band-Help and fireplace Belichick both through the bye week or over the Patriots’ remaining seven video games.

“This concept that they’re going to make a transfer with Invoice Belichick through the season, to me, is simply unconscionable,” Garrett stated. “I don’t care what the file is, I don’t care what determination was made. It’s unconscionable. Over the past 22 years, this has been the mannequin franchise in all of sports activities. There’s some credibility there. He ought to be capable to climate a couple of storms.”

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith doesn’t simply consider that Belichick’s tenure with the Patriots is about to come back to an finish. He’s already predicting the place he’ll find yourself teaching in 2024 and past.

“I believe it’s over,” Smith stated on ESPN’s “First Take” on Monday. “I believe that finally Invoice Belichick will likely be gone. I believe he will likely be in both the nation’s capital or he’ll be teaching the Los Angeles Chargers. God is aware of they want a brand new head coach. There’s no query about that. It’s simply the best way that it goes. The truth is that this can be a unhealthy scenario.”

Longtime soccer scribe Peter King additionally mapped out a couple of potential touchdown spots for Belichick if the Patriots choose to half methods — itemizing the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Commanders, Los Angeles Chargers, and Chicago Bears as viable choices in his newest column for NBC Sports activities. 

“The Cowboys could possibly be in play, I believe, provided that they don’t win the division, have some sketchy outings down the stretch and go winless within the playoffs,” King wrote. “In that case, I may see Jerry Jones chasing Belichick, repeating historical past from twenty years in the past. Earlier than you say Belichick would by no means work for Jerry, keep in mind 2003, once we all thought Invoice Parcells would by no means work for Jones.”