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Robert Kraft hopes Bill Belichick coaches into his 80s

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With so much time spent wondering about the number of years that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will play, here’s a question that rarely comes up: How much longer will Patriots coach Bill Belichick continue to essentially run the football operations?

In an interview to be aired during Tuesday’s PFT Live, Patriots owner Robert Kraft expresses a preference: “I hope he does it ’til his 80s.” Kraft then cited examples of business icons like Warren Buffett and Rupert Murdoch, who remain highly productive beyond their 80th birthdays.

Belichick turns 65 in April. Which means that he could have another 15 years or more left, if he coaches as long as Kraft hopes Belichick remains in place.

Tune in to NBCSN or NBC Sports Radio on Tuesday morning at 8:35 a.m. ET for the extended discussion with Robert Kraft, during which he touches on a wide variety of issues and topics.

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48 Responses to “Robert Kraft hopes Bill Belichick coaches into his 80s”
  1. mmmpierogi says: Mar 27, 2017 7:35 PM

    If I were Kraft, I’d be hoping Belichick coaches into his 80’s, too. Patriots history was characterized as perennial mediocrity until BB+TB showed up. I wouldn’t want to go back to that, either.

  2. bueller101 says: Mar 27, 2017 7:38 PM

    Sorry. Don’t see Belichick coaching two years after Brady retires. His claim and Brady’s claim to play 6 more years will generate some cash for each of them, though.

  3. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Mar 27, 2017 7:38 PM


    If you really break it down since 2000, BB is getting better with age when it comes to not just coaching his teams, but being the General Manager of his teams as well.

    I can see him winning a Super Bowl or two with another QB in 10 years, just because he is so amazin. At building a team. The fact he has been in 3 of the past 56 Super Bowls (when the dynasty was suppose to be over in 2008)


  4. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Mar 27, 2017 7:39 PM

    3 of the past 6 Super Bowls I meant

  5. exinsidetrader says: Mar 27, 2017 7:41 PM

    As long as he avoid strawberries and texting other men’s wives he should be able to do it.

  6. factpurveyor says: Mar 27, 2017 7:43 PM

    Patriot fans hope that Tom Brady’s son becomes the QB for the Patriots one day and wins 6 superbowls while breaking some of his fathers records.

    Anyone know when Roger Goodell will honor the pledge of transparency that he made in 2014 by releasing the PSI information that the NFL collected during the 2015 season?

    Releasing that PSI information would also back up Roger Goodells words from 2015 where Roger said that “the integrity of the league was the most important thing”.

    Keeping secrets and hiding information from football fans while taking draft picks from the superbowl winning team and making the winning QB miss 25% of the season does not look like integrity or transparency.

  7. badmoonrison says: Mar 27, 2017 7:44 PM

    He will need an assistant to help him in and out of his Depends!

  8. jag1959 says: Mar 27, 2017 7:46 PM

    There’s nothing wrong with Kraft hoping to see that happen but Belichick himself said we wouldn’t see him coaching into his seventies like Marv Levy. Of course Belichick was on the staff of another pretty successful coach who when asked about his own retirement famously opined “I reserve the right to change my mind.” So there’s that

  9. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 27, 2017 7:46 PM

    The whole AFC East outside of NE is sighing from the thought of Brady playing into his late 40s and Belichick coaching into his 80s.

  10. dawoger says: Mar 27, 2017 7:48 PM

    Even if he coaches for 10 more years that 10 years more that the minisoda viqueefs won’t be winning a Lombardi.

  11. chieftaindawg says: Mar 27, 2017 7:50 PM

    Sweet, sweet music to our ears!

  12. jchipwood says: Mar 27, 2017 7:51 PM

    He may catch Schula if he does coach that long. But he’ll never shake that 0 – 2 hc record vs Schula.

  13. ricko1112 says: Mar 27, 2017 7:55 PM

    mmmpierogi says:
    Mar 27, 2017 7:35 PM
    If I were Kraft, I’d be hoping Belichick coaches into his 80’s, too. Patriots history was characterized as perennial mediocrity until BB+TB showed up. I wouldn’t want to go back to that, either.
    2 SB appearances isn’t too shabby.

    Take away steroids and salary cap violations and Pittsburgh and Denver are o-fer…

  14. blogatron2000 says: Mar 27, 2017 7:56 PM

    So Kraft hopes that the guy who is primarily responsible for making him crap loads of money keeps doing it for a long time. Ok, well that’s news.

  15. smartanis says: Mar 27, 2017 7:58 PM

    Cue the Jets fans whining that Belicheck should retire and let someone else win for a change.

  16. golforepar says: Mar 27, 2017 8:10 PM

    The Patriots are the most arrogant team in all of pro sports. The self promoting has no boundaries! smh

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:14 PM

    I think Belichick keeps coaching at least another 5 years, possibly as long as 10. At some point the grind will become too much and he’ll have accomplished more than any other coach in the history of the game.

    By which point his boat currently named 7 Rings could be up to 9 or 10 Rings.

  18. steelerfan63 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:16 PM

    He will retire when he runs out of ways to cheat. Probably the same year Tammy hangs them up.

  19. bestinafcnorth says: Mar 27, 2017 8:19 PM

    Steelers won 4 of 6 Superbowls

  20. tylawspick6 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:26 PM

    greatest gm and coach ever

    bb is right there with red auerbach, if not better

  21. Flash1287 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:27 PM

    GOAT Coach

    Suck it crybabies!!!


  22. nhpats says: Mar 27, 2017 8:27 PM

    mmmpierogi says:
    Mar 27, 2017 7:35 PM
    If I were Kraft, I’d be hoping Belichick coaches into his 80’s, too. Patriots history was characterized as perennial mediocrity until BB+TB showed up. I wouldn’t want to go back to that, either.


    I guess you missed the two SBs they played in before BB or Brady came to town

  23. thermo321 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:27 PM

    He can do whatever he wants whenever he wants. Just like Tom Brady. They are Bill Belichik and Tom Brady…and you’re not.

  24. justbegbaby says: Mar 27, 2017 8:29 PM

    Robert Kraft hopes to live until he’s 200. BREAKING NEWS!

  25. factpurveyor says: Mar 27, 2017 8:29 PM

    Can we really bait the silly haters and get an article where Gronk is rumored to have said that he plans on playing until he is old enough to collect social security.

  26. ikeclanton says: Mar 27, 2017 8:31 PM

    The heart of every coach in the league just sank like a stone heaved into the ocean.

    When all the rest of the league has to hang their hat on is waiting for Belichick and Brady to hang it up, it’s a rough road out there–especially in the AFC.

  27. thejetssuck2001 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:31 PM

    hes not the only one.

  28. tep1955 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:33 PM

    Me too!

  29. canetic says: Mar 27, 2017 8:37 PM

    Let’s not kid ourselves. When his meal ticket Tom Brady retires, he’s going to run for the hills. You think he’s going to tarnish his legacy coaching the Jimmy Garoppolos of the world?

  30. magnumpimustache says: Mar 27, 2017 8:39 PM

    At least once a week a watch the 4th quarter.

    What a great super bowl.

    Can you imagine what would happen if Brady actually plays for 7 more years.

    He probably will stay on as a back up. For 3 years after that.

    Brady will own every single record the really matters plus oldest player ever.

  31. The Analytical Kid says: Mar 27, 2017 8:44 PM

    I’d be more concerned that Brady plays into his 40’s.

    Belichick has a poor history with non-Brady QBs.

    Even his D’s in recent years have underachieved and been nothing stellar. That’s in the weakest division in the entire league during Brady’s tenure, so it’s not exactly like BB’s Pats have had to face the best offenses every season.

  32. tonebones says: Mar 27, 2017 8:46 PM

    Belichick and Brady are going to retire after next season.

  33. TheCommish says: Mar 27, 2017 8:54 PM

    He’s 100% right.

    Said it before, and I’ll say it again: Pats dynasty is 90% Belichick, 10% Brady. If Brady called it quits tomorrow, Pats would keep winning titles. Believe it.

  34. polksaladandy says: Mar 27, 2017 9:52 PM

    Did you know that Dirty Diaper Don Shula was 2-4 in Super Bowls for a paltry.333 winning percentage. That is below mediocre but that’s Shula’s career in a nutshell.

  35. mikespillane337 says: Mar 27, 2017 10:00 PM

    In best offenses do you mean colts,steelers,broncos,bengals,texans,jaguars,titans…who falcons..I mean really who are you talking about…the browns…chargers…chiefs…..oh I know you want the Patriots to play the Patriots.

  36. omegalh says: Mar 27, 2017 10:07 PM

    Itd be good to see him without brady

  37. dbonedigdb4584 says: Mar 27, 2017 10:14 PM

    J Johnson tried to do the same thing. And, did it well, while in Dallas. The problem is when owners believe they are better than the pros. But, then again, who cares. We just want to watch great football games. Let the H. Coaches and owners dabble against each other. AS for that Coach for the Patriots. I think he will be to sick to coach, any longer than 3 more years. More than likely, health problems will doom him.

  38. ggreen657 says: Mar 27, 2017 10:37 PM

    “Patriot fans hope that Tom Brady’s son becomes the QB for the Patriots one day and wins 6 superbowls while breaking some of his fathers records.”

    I hope he has to win at least 8 Super Bowls.

  39. nwhmpshr says: Mar 27, 2017 11:28 PM

    Bellichick’s son will take over coaching duties and Brady’s son will be the QB. The dynasty will never end in our lifetimes.

  40. kevinlawrencecantor says: Mar 27, 2017 11:56 PM

    Bill Belichick 80 year old press conference:

    Reporter: How’s your fake hip?

    BB: It’s day to day.

  41. wolfmanpatriot says: Mar 28, 2017 2:43 AM

    Kraft won’t think that should BB coach for another team.

    I can see BB wanting to disprove the thought that some have that TB12 is the reason for BB’s success.

    Therefore, I predict that when Tom retires, Bill goes to the losingest franchise and builds a new dynasty.
    I like Tom, but I think his biggest asset is the fact that he has the qualities of character that BB could work with to turn him into the GOAT. He doesn’t quit, works religiously, takes care of his body, and trusts BB. Also does not dwell on last weeks game or look too far forward.
    The only prob with Bill taking on a new team is that the owner would have to allow him the same freedom that Kraft does. Someone like Jerra or Irsay cannot help but meddle and we see those results.

  42. kspec1982 says: Mar 28, 2017 5:11 AM

    Greatest cheating coach of all time .

  43. mmmpierogi says: Mar 28, 2017 7:53 AM

    nhpats says:
    Mar 27, 2017 8:27 PM


    I guess you missed the two SBs they played in before BB or Brady came to town


    Two SB appearances in 30+ years – both losses? A whopping FIVE first place finishes in the AFL/AFC East between 1960 and 2000? A W/L record of 275-312 between 1960 and 2000? Yeah, I totally misconstrued the situation.

    Before BB came in and changed everything, both for the Patriots and the NFL at large, the team was an afterthought.

  44. chitowngronk says: Mar 28, 2017 9:14 AM

    It’s not fair that BB in his 80’s will be smarter than I’ll ever be

  45. smokingthebowels says: Mar 28, 2017 9:33 AM

    As a Jets fan the only thing that makes me sick is Belichick was our coach for 1 day then moved on to New England. Regardless of whether you believe they “cheated” or not, they are the best franchise by far over the last 20 years. If Brady was playing with deflated footballs, it actually helped opponents. He has been $ since then. I don’t like the Patriots, Brady, or Belichick but respect everything they accomplished. Brady’s one of the most competitive athletes I ever saw play. That’s why he’s great. I’m not gonna cry about it, but I hope they both retire after they win another Superbowl. Jets please find a franchise QB, its only been 50 years 😢

  46. superpatriotsfan says: Mar 28, 2017 10:10 AM

    Of course he does. Without Belichick/Brady, Kraft would be one of the worst owners ever.

  47. somethinghappeninghere says: Mar 28, 2017 1:09 PM

    Well, BB might coach into his 80s if he doesn’t eat your GOD-FORSAKEN GMO FOOD!

  48. superpatriotsfan says: Mar 30, 2017 11:13 AM

    Patriots fans are shaking in their boots at the thought of Belichick and Brady retiring. Kraft will start to have his drools of dispair and not drunk celebrations

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