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Bill Belichick says he’s not thinking about retirement

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Bill Belichick will turn 60 in two months and is completing his 12th season as coach of the Patriots, and with the chance to tie Chuck Noll’s NFL record by winning his fourth Super Bowl on Sunday, I asked Belichick at his press conference today whether winning the title might be an occasion to ride off into the sunset.

But Belichick said he’s not thinking about that.

“Right now, I’m really thinking about, ‘What’s the best thing I can do to help our football team on Sunday against the Giants?’ I want to really try to do a good job in the job that I have,” Belichick said.

Beyond just Sunday’s game, however, Belichick doesn’t sound like he’s in any hurry to quit coaching, because he’s enjoying what he’s doing too much to stop.

“I enjoy all the aspects of the job,” Belichick said. “I enjoy the team-building, the drafting, the free agents, team acquisitions – those kind of things. I enjoy bringing in the young players and working with guys who haven’t been in the NFL and teaching them the basic fundamentals in how to become a professional football player for the New England Patriots. And I enjoy working with the veteran players, the Tom Bradys and the Vince Wilforks and the Wes Welkers and all those kind of players that can do really special things because of their not only talent, but experience. And I enjoy the competition on a weekly basis. Not just on Sundays, but the preparation leading up into the game. So I enjoy all of it. It beats working.”

It’s not all that unusual for a Super Bowl-winning coach to walk away. Dick Vermeil left the Rams after winning the Super Bowl, Jimmy Johnson left the Cowboys after winning the Super Bowl, Bill Parcells left the Giants after winning the Super Bowl, Bill Walsh left the 49ers after winning the Super Bowl and Vince Lombardi left the Packers after winning the Super Bowl. So it wouldn’t be at all unprecedented if Belichick (or Tom Coughlin) were to go out on top after winning on Sunday.

But Belichick sounds like he’s ready to keep coaching for years to come.

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23 Responses to “Bill Belichick says he’s not thinking about retirement”
  1. joetoronto says: Feb 3, 2012 10:22 AM

    “But Belichick sounds like he’s ready to keep coaching for years to come.”

    He’ll retire when Tom Brady retires.

  2. 2sausage11 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:23 AM

    After his WIN Sunday he will stay so he can win at least 1 more before he retires

  3. jae121704 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:23 AM

    One of the best to ever do it, let’s hope he stays!

  4. quittsburghstoolers says: Feb 3, 2012 10:23 AM

    He really should.

    If someone hasn’t seriously considered him after
    this many years, chances are they won’t.

    He should just be happy with his media gig…

  5. nflovercollegefb says: Feb 3, 2012 10:26 AM

    BB will coach in to his 70’s, he is not wound tightly like some of the other guys mentioned, he’s got the right temperament to be a highly successful coach.

    If you read “Education of a Coach” it is obvious that this has been his destiny since he was a child, I don’t think there is anything else he’d rather do.

  6. dionoil says: Feb 3, 2012 10:30 AM

    Bill Walsh said retiring was his biggest regret, and all those other guys came out of retirement to coach another team. So, not happening

  7. dubblelznhell says: Feb 3, 2012 10:30 AM

    I’m betting Tom and Willy retire at the same time.

  8. weepingjebus says: Feb 3, 2012 10:39 AM

    He said in that 2009 special he didn’t see himself coaching in his 70s, but who knows. This is not some bipolar rah rah coach like Rex Ryan who will burn himself out. If you truly love the game — and anyone who watched that clip of him hanging around after a practice just to toss balls with his son knows he does — I’m sure it’s the greatest job in the world.

  9. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:39 AM

    Yeah, he’s probably thinking about the superbowl?

  10. joelvis72 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:39 AM

    Vermeil, Johnson, Parcells, and Lombardi weren’t ready to “walk away” for good after their Super Bowl victories, either. They all got coaching gigs with new teams not too long after leaving their Super Bowl winners.

  11. bigzant82 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:49 AM

    YEAH HE WILL COACH TILL BRADY RETIRES AND WHEN HE’s SATISFIED IF RYAN MALLET IS CAPABLE QB SUCCESSOR

  12. pats54 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:57 AM

    Belichick will not retire when Brady does. He’ll at least try to win another SB with Ryan Mallet. Besides, he can’t take all those extra draft picks with him when he goes. I think that the draft picks will be the real indicator: when BB stops trading down and trades up to get a guy like Mayo or Gronkowski, you’ll know he’s only got a few more years left in the tank.

  13. whatnojets says: Feb 3, 2012 11:02 AM

    Retirement? You are talking about retirement? How can you talk about retirement when he will get fired for losing to the Great New York Giants this Sunday!!!

  14. tombradyallday says: Feb 3, 2012 11:05 AM

    coach belichick is a competitor. competitors can go till there 100. brady even said hes playing till hes 40

  15. 1historian says: Feb 3, 2012 11:16 AM

    There is an old saying that goes “If you get a job doing something you love to do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

    Case in point – Bill Belichik

  16. 2sausage11 says: Feb 3, 2012 11:30 AM

    bigzant82 says:
    Feb 3, 2012 10:49 AM
    YEAH HE WILL COACH TILL BRADY RETIRES AND WHEN HE’s SATISFIED IF RYAN MALLET IS CAPABLE QB SUCCESSOR

    ========================
    Agree he will try to win 1 with Ryan that way people will stop saying it was just because of Brady

  17. ChrisCicc says: Feb 3, 2012 11:39 AM

    weepingjebus says:
    Feb 3, 2012 10:39 AM
    He said in that 2009 special he didn’t see himself coaching in his 70s, but who knows. This is not some bipolar rah rah coach like Rex Ryan who will burn himself out. If you truly love the game — and anyone who watched that clip of him hanging around after a practice just to toss balls with his son knows he does — I’m sure it’s the greatest job in the world.

    ==================================

    You got the quote backwards. Off the top of my head, what he said in that special was, “I’m going to coach into my 70s, you guys don’t have to worry about that”

    Personally, I think he’s going to coach as long as his health is good. Paterno style. He doesn’t live for life, he lives for football.

  18. sjhesketh says: Feb 3, 2012 12:09 PM

    BB doesn’t have to prove to anyone what he can do without Tom Brady. He’s already had an 11-5 season with Matt Cassel.

  19. dbcooperismyhero says: Feb 3, 2012 12:30 PM

    “Bill Belichick says he’s not thinking about retirement”

    Somewhere, Rex Ryan just threw up in his mouth.

  20. 2sausage11 says: Feb 3, 2012 12:36 PM

    sjhesketh says:
    Feb 3, 2012 12:09 PM
    BB doesn’t have to prove to anyone what he can do without Tom Brady. He’s already had an 11-5 season with Matt Cassel.

    ===========================
    But no SB win without Brady. I agree on nothing to prove other than that. He is still the best coach ever

  21. ajsjr40 says: Feb 3, 2012 12:49 PM

    Could honestly see Bill doing this for another ten years and winning a few more Super Bowls with Brady and Mallett. I don’t think there is anything else this guy would rather do in life than build and prepare his football team through drafts, free agents, trades, practice, the morning of game day and during the game.

  22. richwizl says: Feb 3, 2012 1:19 PM

    I don’t think Bill will leave as long as Kraft remains owner and his health is good. He’s not a tv guy and he’s not ready for the rocking chair.

  23. situsavaisprier says: Feb 3, 2012 3:28 PM

    Ok, someone said on here that the Patriots will win and received 111 thimbs up and 27 thumbs down. I’m curious, how is EVERYONE picking the Giants again? And don’t you dare say experts or analysts on tv because the fans all over the country count too.

    Personally I think Vegas has Patriots, so far analysts have Giants, and for fans it’s even, even though most people would want Giants to lose since they aren’t kissing players’ asses. Patriots praise everyone. Even if the team hasn’t won a game in so long they gush about them like they were a contender. You can praise a team but at least make it consistently legitimate.

    “Victor Cruz is an outstanding player. He’s made a lot of big plays for the Giants over the last couple of years, not only down the field but on catch-and-run plays. He is a hard guy to tackle, he is a good route runner and he is strong. Whoever we have on him, it will be a big challenge for him along with all of their outstanding skill players.”

    Now I ask you. how many years has everyone on here seen Victor Cruz play? The only game last year was that pre-season game against the Jets, that’s all. And also it seems like people cry foul whenever there are honest answers towards the Patriots. Why so sensitive? I guess people really are fans of Roger Goodell’s softer NFL.

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