Bill Belichick Leaving New England Patriots?
Is Bill Belichick leaving the New England Patriots?
Fresh off the team’s unexpected loss to the Tennessee Titans this past weekend, a lot of things are up in the air.
For the entirety of the 2019-20 season there has been rampant speculation that Tom Brady was leaving the organization this summer. He is an unrestricted free agent and cannot be franchise tagged.
The only way New England gets Brady back for next season is if he wants to return, and at the moment it is unclear that he does.
Multiple reports link him to joining the Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos and even Tennessee.
Regardless of what the 43-year-old does, though, there is another prospect the Patriots need to reckon with: Belichick’s potential departure.
There is some writing on the wall indicating that Belichick’s time with the organization is winding down.
Special teams coach Joe Judge just accepted an offer to become the head coach of the New York Giants. Josh McDaniels is a favorite to win the Cleveland Browns job. Clearly Belichick’s staff is moving on, and it could be because they realize the dynasty is coming to an end.
According to Boston Sports Journal insider Greg Bedard, there is a decent-sized chance Belichick will call it quits this offseason.
“There have been increasing NFL rumors that perhaps Belichick is not as wedded to Foxborough as many of us, certainly me, thought,” Bedard wrote.
“Is Belichick setting up a final test on whether he has complete control of the football operations? I think Belichick would be OK with Brady being back, but not at the expense of the rest of the team.
“There are four openings out there and they won’t last forever. If Belichick is contemplating a move, it would have to come soon. There’s no solid intel, but some rumblings I hadn’t heard before. So I don’t rule anything out.”
While Brady is unarguably the greatest quarterback of all time, his body has clearly worn down over the years. There is a legitimate case to be made that Belichick is now far more valuable to the Patriots than he is.
If Brady ultimately leaves New England but Belichick remains, chances are good that the latter will find a way to overcome the loss of the former. However, if Belichick departs – things could get ugly in Foxborough for a very long time.