Could Belichick leave the Patriots after the season?

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If only half of the article from ESPN’s Seth Wickersham hits the vicinity of the bull’s-eye, questions should be asked about the future in New England of not only Tom Brady but also Bill Belichick.

Eighteen years ago Thursday, Belichick ended his blink-and-you-missed-it tenure in New York by writing on a napkin that he resigns as “HC of the NYJ.” Will he soon be resigning as HC of the NEP?

If, as the report suggests, owner Robert Kraft has begun to meddle with the roster after years of not doing so, would Belichick decide to move on to a team where it would be like it was in past years? If Belichick was forced to trade Jimmy Garoppolo (or if Belichick simply got the impression he was being pushed in that direction), maybe Belichick decides that the time has come to try to become the first coach to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.

Depending on the terms of Belichick’s contract (terms that no one ever seems to know), Belichick likely will be eligible to leave only if he’s traded. And if his deal does indeed extend beyond the current season (it would be the shock of the century if it doesn’t), the Patriots would never let him walk away without compensation.

Whatever the compensation would be, it would be worth it. And the team that should be making the phone call to the Patriots is the Giants.

Of all the other teams in the NFL that Belichick would coach, the Giants surely are at the top of the short list. And they currently are looking for a coach.

Apart from what it would cost to get Belichick (again, worth it), new G.M. Dave Gettleman would have to be willing to give up much of the power he secured barely a week ago. Quite possibly, Gettleman would have to be willing to walk away, if Belichick wants someone else in the spot of primary shopping-cart attendant for the guy who cooks the meal and buys the groceries.

The joint statement from three main figures in this situation would seem to foreclose any type of divorce. After all, owner Robert Kraft told PFT Live last March that he hopes Belichick remains with the Patriots into his 80s.

Although people do indeed change over time, it’s hard to imagine Belichick, Brady, and Kraft making it for 17 years only to have it all collapse so quickly and dramatically. While the end is surely coming soon, the goal undoubtedly remains having a peaceful and orderly transition to a new quarterback in the short term and, at some point down the road, to a new coach.

134 responses to “Could Belichick leave the Patriots after the season?

  1. Belichick has said he does not want to be coaching in his 70’s, and he is well on his way to that age, so I don’t think any teams want to pony up two 1st round picks, which would be the minimum to get Belichick.

  2. What makes me sick is that this ESPN article and all this “beginning of the end” nonsense virtually guarantees that the Patriots will win the next three Super Bowls.

  3. I’m definitely a homer, but even if I weren’t I would have trouble believing that Kraft, after all this time of leaving all football decisions to BB, would all of a sudden pull rank – especially given the lessons learned with Parcells in the 90’s.

  4. This is his last run with the Patriots. Somewhere deep inside of Belicheat that pokes him is the fact that people will always ask themselves is “Was it Brady or Belicheat?” And being the egomaniac, he is going to want to prove it somewhere else that he could win without Brady.

  5. When Bill Belichick does decide to move on from coaching, the NFL should try to persuade him to become a coaching consultant that teaches teams his magic of identifying and developing talent. I’m not a Patriots fan but I think Bill Belichick is the greatest coach this league has ever had and the league as a whole could benefit from his wisdom.

  6. It would be fun to watch the same trolls that bash BB/TB12 each time they are mentioned jump for joy if their favorite team was in the running for BB or TB12.

  7. Belichicks hero was Paul Brown. Does Kraft for Belichick? No. does Belichick think going to the Bengals was great for Brown or his legacy? no. Will Belichick retire? Maybe will Belichick go to another team? Hell no

  8. It will all come out eventually. All the lies, cheating, everything. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    I’m sure Brady doesn’t want BB to leave, he along with anyone who’s not a Patriot homer know’s who to thank for all of his success over his career. Why do you think they are still a top 5 team without Brady playing QB….Just imagine how good they would be with Jimmy G, now that would be scary.

  9. Why exactly? Drama generation for drama generations sake?

    This whole thing reeks of almost nothing, and comes from dubious sources. ESPN is not an organization that can think straight. You see their idiotic and ignorant rants on TV all the time. Devoid of reality.

    I’ve thought both Belichick and Brady are year by year. I’ve thought just about any situation in the world where successful people are, there is some low level drama.

    Sometimes this stuff blows up. But I don’t see it blowing up. I see ESPN trying to make this story blow up.

    Seems like no one cares. Patriots put something out. NFL fans don’t care.

    Why is there this huge deal about this, and not what happened in NY? Giants literally fired their head coach right after benching their QB Eli.

    That’s a bigger story. But guess what, it’s not a big story.

    Hey, I’d love for him to leave and join my team, either one. But it’s not going to happen.

    These guys are going to break up a good thing to spite each other?

    The Giants would be on his short list? Why? They’re dog crap and their old QB sucks.

  10. Imagine what Jimmy Haslan would offer to give Bill the chance to clean up his legacy in Cleveland.

  11. I remember Bradshaw being interviewed on at the Pro Bowl after the 79 season and how he was tired because of the pressure of everyone expecting them to win the title again.
    Dealing with the expectations of everyone, from the fan base, media and the teams own management.
    When everyone is gunning for you it can ware you out. Maybe Bill is just ready to do something that doesn’t feel like the weight of the world is on him.

  12. I absolutely love the “pot stirring”……
    Because we ALL know how “distractions: end up when they are during a Patriots Super Bowl Run!

    Go Pats!!

  13. He can come coach the Titans, where they already have a former Patriots employee as GM. Also Belichick was born in Nashville and has been spotted spending time in the area before. Hey, one can dream….

  14. people talk about Bill and the Giants…a little background:

    1) Bill called fellow Bostonian and GM Dave Gettleman about pursuing JIM SCHWARTZ, Belichick’s scouting guy in Cleveland, because he wants Josh to be the HCIW.

    2) In case josh left for a different job or the giants job, Belichick called old friend Nick Saban about Brian Daboll possibly becoming the OC in case Josh Left. If Brian said no, Chad O’Shea would get promoted.

  15. Bill is as good as gone. I understand Kraft’s feelings on wanting the GOAT to remain in NE through retirement, but at the end of the day, Bill’s job is a simple win -to win. The moment Kraft took the reigns out of BB’s hands, is the moment BB ceased to be coach of the NE Patriots moving forward. As a NE fan for the past 30+ years, I was immediately disappointed to see Garoppolo traded. The move was very un-Patriot like, and seemed liked the end of an era, IMO.

  16. Who knows how much of that ESPN article is true? (I’d wager at least some of it), but it was a damn fun read. I love turmoil. And the fact that it’s the Pats makes it that much better.

    It wouldn’t shock me if they won the Superbowl and Belichick walked off into the sunset.

  17. Is it possible that Kraft is the one who’s stepping aside and his son is assuming more of a role? Jonathan is known to not be the diplomat that his father is and the atmosphere would probably change if it hasn’t already.

  18. SparkyGump says:
    January 5, 2018 at 11:43 am
    When Bill Belichick does decide to move on from coaching, the NFL should try to persuade him to become a coaching consultant that teaches teams his magic of identifying and developing talent. I’m not a Patriots fan but I think Bill Belichick is the greatest coach this league has ever had and the league as a whole could benefit from his wisdom.

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    He’s also the greatest GM the world has ever seen. People forget that. He’s concocted a cap era recipe to essentially destroy the other owner’s plans for international expansion.

    Ladies and Gentleman, your London Jaguars! But…WHEN?

  19. fc187 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 11:46 am
    I remember Bradshaw being interviewed on at the Pro Bowl after the 79 season and how he was tired because of the pressure of everyone expecting them to win the title again.
    Dealing with the expectations of everyone, from the fan base, media and the teams own management.
    When everyone is gunning for you it can ware you out. Maybe Bill is just ready to do something that doesn’t feel like the weight of the world is on him.

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    Your problem is, you’re not aware BB is superior to Chunk Noll.

  20. This kind of speculation means that anything can happen at anytime. Kaep becoming commissioner of the NFL? Hey it’s possible. Anything could happen in the land of ifs.

    Browns are going 19-0 next year! You heard it hear first! Journalism

  21. jmc8888 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 11:46 am
    Why exactly? Drama generation for drama generations sake?

    This whole thing reeks of almost nothing, and comes from dubious sources. ESPN is not an organization that can think straight. You see their idiotic and ignorant rants on TV all the time. Devoid of reality.

    I’ve thought both Belichick and Brady are year by year. I’ve thought just about any situation in the world where successful people are, there is some low level drama.

    Sometimes this stuff blows up. But I don’t see it blowing up. I see ESPN trying to make this story blow up.

    Seems like no one cares. Patriots put something out. NFL fans don’t care.

    Why is there this huge deal about this, and not what happened in NY? Giants literally fired their head coach right after benching their QB Eli.

    That’s a bigger story. But guess what, it’s not a big story.

    Hey, I’d love for him to leave and join my team, either one. But it’s not going to happen.

    These guys are going to break up a good thing to spite each other?

    The Giants would be on his short list? Why? They’re dog crap and their old QB sucks.

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    Yep. The other dead giveaway is BB would have dealt Garropolo to the Giants, not SF, if this theory was true.

    The NY media and Goodell needed some money pumped into ESPN for the new year after another huge layoff.

  22. The feeding frenzy based on an article by the worldwide joke of sportscasting, a company that has consistently lied about the Patriots and other teams for that matter, in desperate attempts to boost ratings, is ridiculous.

  23. Of course the Kraft, Belichick, Brady triumphant will come to an end in the near future. Kraft is very old and won’t live forever, Belichick is definitely nearing retirement age, and Brady is much closer to the end than the beginning. So where’s the news?

  24. Don’t mess with success. Belichick is right. Kraft is wrong. Brady can still play, but the window is closing. Garappalo looks like the real deal potentially…Hindsight is always 20/20, and I believe that this the end for these 3 working together. The Patriots and their fans have enjoyed an unprecedented run of success over the past 17 years. An embarrassment of riches, fans of other teams drooling with jealousy to even taste a fraction of the success that this team and fan base has experienced in just a generation. This will be interesting.

  25. Fake News. Keep dreaming. Deflategate, whatever. Now its the media trying to drum up division before another playoff run to another Superbowl. Those distracting articles only cement the Patriots drive to secure another victory despite naysayers.

  26. WOW.

    Our country is the stupidest nation on earth. Not even close.

    What are you looking for thanks for your contribution , which is very substantial?

    The North Korea of the NFL makes a statement of unity……man does anybody else smell smoke?

  27. Sorry…without Brady Belichick isn’t nearly the genius everyone says he is. Not saying he’s a bad coach, just pointing out that HOF players usually are the reason why a coach appears to be a “genius.”
    – Montana/Young = Walsh is a genius
    – Favre = Holmgren is a genius….until he goes to another team and he’s not
    – Rodgers = McCarthy is a genius….until he gets hurt and he’s exposed
    – Warner/Holt/Bruce/Faulk = Martz is a genius….until he goes to Detroit

    So on and so on. My opinion….Brady would still be Brady without Belichick. Hoodie owns a pedestrian coaching career without Brady.

  28. Belichick should indulge Robert Kraft in this one exception, which is Tom Brady. Kraft had had Belichick’s back through the years, including Spygate and helping him out of the Jets mess. Kraft also allowed for the nepotism in Belichick putting two of his sons on the payroll. If Belichick leaves because of one exception with the greatest or one of the greatest players in the history of the NFL, then he can leave and take his two kids with him. That would be truly ungrateful. I would like to believe that it hasn’t come to this, but if it has, let’s move on with Nick Caserio and Josh McDaniels.

  29. I would surely like to see Belichick join the Raiders as HC but I doubt that Son-of-Al has enough brain cells to drop the Gruden-fascination and go after him. Al Davis interviewed Belichick in 1998 but chose Gruden instead but if had opted for Belichick and given him latitude then I think the Raiders would’ve been a LOT better over the last 20 years.

  30. Wouldn’t Belichick have the option of retiring? Could he retire, force New England to hire another coach, and then un-retire to force their hand?

    How do we know he doesn’t have the option of walking away a free agent at the end of the year? Maybe he has an opt out.

    I’d be surprised if Belichick would agree to go someplace that would have to give away draft picks.

    I think there’s a chance Belichick just flat out retires if they win the Super Bowl.

  31. Belichick will most certainly try to land a coaching gig with Washington, to be close to the one he adores, Donald.

  32. ESPN is at it again creating controversy against the Patriots to be relevant. The last time they were relevant was doing Deflategate.

  33. Anyone who thinks Robert Kraft is going to let anyone but himself decide what is best for a Multi Million dollar franchise has no concept of reality.

    May there have been some differences of opinion..possibly but in 18 years with anyone have you ever had a disagreement?

    People are always writing Brady off, for sure one day they will be right but in a season when he is possibly going to be an MVP, led the league in passing and yet again won the Division and made home field advantage think you would be an idiot to trade or drop Brady.

    It was always going to be Brady or Garopollo it never could have been both, funny how early on this year some outlets were saying Jimmy G was only with a mid or late round pick, now all of a sudden he is a God. Good luck to Jimmy Loved him would have wanted him to take over after Tom Brady but life does not always work out the way you want it to.

    I think Both Brady and Belichick have earned the right to go out on their own terms when they are ready. As a fan myself I have loved every minute of this ride and I know its coming to an end but doesn’t everything in life!

  34. If Belicheat would leave the Patriots they could always look to the Self Proclaimed Football Maven (Bruce Arians). Who else could work for Kraft?

  35. Bill, go back to Cleveland for the ultimate challenge. You have already built an amazing franchise, but imagine if you went back to Cleveland and took an 0-16 team to the playoffs, then superbowl in 3-5 years. It would prove that you are the mastermind. We have plenty of picks and you are very good at getting real players. If you could work for Modell, you can work for Haslam. Jimmy would have to give you free reign or the city of Cleveland will do to Jimmy what they did to Modell – never let him set foot in town again. The city is almost there anyway.

  36. They’ll work it out this way:

    Bob- stay out of football decisions
    Tom- time to drop your quacky sidekick and dreams of a TB12 health business.
    Bill- be nicer to Tom.

    Done. On to playoffs…

  37. Grappolo is the future.

    But unfortunately the GOAT is still playing at an MVP level.

    You can’t pay 2 players $20 million each and let one sit.

    2 – 4 years with Brady is better than 15 years with Jimmy G.

    Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

  38. The NFL salary cap killed Jimmy G’s Patriots career much more significantly than any behind the scenes squabbling. And shouldn’t junk like this come out after they stop winning? Patriots fans don’t really care if everyone gets along, as long as they give their best effort to win.

  39. So on and so on. My opinion….Brady would still be Brady without Belichick. Hoodie owns a pedestrian coaching career without Brady.
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    You know you can use the internet to do research to see if your claims are true or not before you post them right?

    Since 2001 BB is 14-5 when Tom Brady does not start. Overall BB is 20-15 as the Patriots HC when Tom Brady doesn’t start. That includes the final year of Drew Bledsoes career in NE when they went 6-10 back in 2000.

    BB is still the last NFL Head Coach to win a playoff game for the Browns.

  40. disgustedfan says:
    January 5, 2018 at 11:58 am

    “Belichick likely will be eligible to leave only if he’s traded”

    You can trade coaches?
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    Gruden was traded to the Buccaneers.

  41. If Belichick was planning on leaving he would have traded Jimmy G to a team he could go coach. Or not traded him, quit and signed him.

    Belichick will be coaching the Pats next year. They will be favored going for a 3-peat

  42. Belichick: “When I think of Paul Brown, I really think of him as the father of professional football.”
    Belichick to Cincy to win a Super Bowl while playing home games in Paul Brown Stadium? He’d get to face the team (Cleveland) that fired Paul Brown and Belichick twice per year.

  43. A lot of the speculation is based on the assumption that ESPN is a credible source for the internal dynamics of the Patriots. Their track record does not merit much confidence. In 2014, after the Kansas City loss, Chris Mortensen reported a big rift between Brady and the coaching staff. Of course, that lead to, “we are onto Cincinnati”, and the end of a decade long Super Bowl drought. That was followed in January 2015 by Mortenson’s famous over estimation of the depleted PSI’s, which led to the fiasco known as deflate gate. This led to the Super Bowl 49 victory into Brady’s four-game suspension in 2016. Wickersham also wrote an expose’ of the Patriots’ “cheating “history, in 2015, with a lot of unnamed sources, that had a lot of smoke, but no fire, only providing more fodder for haters. Fast forward to Super Bowl 51. Given this history, Seth wickerSHAM proves why ESPN Magazine has become The National Enquirer of sports journalism. Onto the divisional round…
    As for the Giants’s job, aside from Gettleman, why would he want to work for the Mara’s, whose shadiness hurt the Pats during Deflategate?

  44. I would love for him to go somewhere else, so people can see he is really closer to the coach he was in Cleveland and with Bledsoe, than he is with Brady. He still owes Mo Lewis a huge thank you for hurting Bledsoe, or he would have been fired at the end of that season.

  45. Belichick: “When I think of Paul Brown, I really think of him as the father of professional football.”
    Belichick to Cincy to win a Super Bowl while playing home games in Paul Brown Stadium? He’d get to face the team (Cleveland) that fired Paul Brown and Belichick twice per year.

    If I weren’t a Patriots fan I’d like this scenario, but it’s a pipe dream for Cincy. It will never happen. Belichick loves the New England area not just the Patriots.

  46. If he leaves, he is probably done with coaching. He may just take a executive job with the 49ers to make sure Jimmy G outperforms Brady over the next few years. He already has a good working relationship with Lynch and Shannahan. He could have a mentoring role to both Lynch and Kyle.

  47. This garbage talk that forgets which Bill is the coach in NE. The Bill there now expressly was disgusted with how the other Bill, the Tuna of course, handled things in his last season with the team. Disgusted. On record, in his own words. Belichick isn’t a petty egomaniac like Parcells and you won’t see anything like that from him. He doesn’t care about personal accolades, only about doing what is best for his players under him and putting them in the best position to win.

    Sure, we heard it all before, “They hate their coach” puts this all in perspective, and expect the same reaction from Bill next time some one from ESPN tries to shake his hand.

  48. It seems to me that the Pats ARE the Pats because of the three of them together. Kraft/BB/TB. That combination is what has made them successful. The Beatles were successful because of all four of them. It’s the combination here that has clicked. The Pats have set the bar so high, sure there’s going to be tension to maintain that level. Think that kind of tension exists in other cities like Cleveland, Cincinnati, etc? Your biggest asset is often your biggest liability. That said, no one is going anywhere, none of them can win without the other, and NE is the favorite to win it all, again.

  49. “patsfaninus says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    Latest non-story. Belichick will not coach anywhere after his New England days end.

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    I’d correct that to “after his Tom Brady days end”.

  50. I’d like to see Bill and Tom get one more ring, and then walk away, leaving dozens of Patriot Haters with absolutely no purpose in life.

  51. Bill holds grudges .We may get him for one more year, but I do think its the beginning of the end. Bill knows it ends with Tommy now that JG is gone. Future is cloudy at best.

  52. If Bill was really looking to coach somewhere else he wouldn’t have traded Jimmy G to SF. He would trade him to a team who was going to fire it’s coach or not trade him and sign him in the off-season. If this is all over Jimmy G he would make sure he got to coach Jimmy next year in NY or wherever

  53. Returning to Cleveland to coach the Browns would be a nice way to complete his great career, but Jimmy Haslam is fully committed to Hue, regardless of results.

  54. Belichick loves John Lynch; now we know about his respect for Kyle Shanahan. He traded Garopollo to the 49ers for a song.

    So amid all this Guerrero/TB12 nonsense, the legacy of the Patriots dynasty has somehow fallen into the lap of the San Francisco 49ers. Imagine that.

  55. I have always said that Brady and Belichick both leave at the same time. There is too much at stake for both of their legacies if one can’t win without the other. And I believe Bill would have it a lot easier without Brady, than Brady would without Bill.

  56. factschecker says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Since 2001 BB is 14-5 when Tom Brady does not start.

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    Digging deeper….

    In 2008, BB went 11-4 w/o Brady averaging 26.2 points/game and a point differential of 6.3 points/game with essentially the same team which went 16-0 with Brady averaging 36.8 points/game and a point differential of 19.7 points/game. Also, he did not make the playoffs.

    In 2016, BB went 3-1 w/o Brady averaging 20.25 points/game and a point differential of 5 points/game. With Brady, he went 12-1 averaging 30 points/game and a point differential of 14.25 points/game.

    I think that having Brady makes a difference.

  57. No chance. No way B.B. would screw the Kraft family by letting McDaniels and Patricia leave and then leave after. He would let Josh take over the team before doing that.

  58. tbisgod says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:33 pm
    Bill holds grudges .We may get him for one more year, but I do think its the beginning of the end. Bill knows it ends with Tommy now that JG is gone. Future is cloudy at best.

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    That’s silly. There are good QBs out there. They just get another one and do it again. Jimmy G looks good. So did Deshaun Watson, so did Andrew Luck, so did Carson Wentz. Jared Goff looked bad, now look at him. Look what happens to the Colts in 1999-2001. Traded away Marshall Faulk and he was the best player in the league for 3 years. Then it turned out to be a good decision after that. The future isn’t certain. Got to move on.

  59. I can’t wait for Belichick’s next press conference when some reporter looking to make a splash asks him questions like this.

  60. You left out 2008, when Brady went down with an ACL injury in Week 1. Then Matt Cassel came in and went 11-5.

    Cassel’s record as a F/T starter in Kansas City? 19-28.

    The Patriots are 90% Belichick, 10% Brady.

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    tinye67 says:
    Sorry…without Brady Belichick isn’t nearly the genius everyone says he is. Not saying he’s a bad coach, just pointing out that HOF players usually are the reason why a coach appears to be a “genius.”
    – Montana/Young = Walsh is a genius
    – Favre = Holmgren is a genius….until he goes to another team and he’s not
    – Rodgers = McCarthy is a genius….until he gets hurt and he’s exposed
    – Warner/Holt/Bruce/Faulk = Martz is a genius….until he goes to Detroit

    So on and so on. My opinion….Brady would still be Brady without Belichick. Hoodie owns a pedestrian coaching career without Brady.

  61. I can’t wait until the farce of a “fanbase” gets exposed for what it truly is… for what those of us who grew up in the 80s KNOW it to be. And Bill coming back home would be a great start.

  62. If only half the story is true….. 11 out of 12 footballs were 2PSI below the limit. #NoIntegrity

  63. BB waits! Patricia, McDaniels, and Caserio sign with other teams, and just before Free agency/Draft, BB retires and tells Kraft and Brady to run the team.

  64. Brady grew up a Niner’s fan. So he saw how things unfolded for Joe Montana. Montana had Steve Young breathing down his neck for 3-4 years. When Montana got injured Young took over and eventually Montana was traded to the Chefs. Bellickick does a lot of things like Bill Walsh did (he’s even cited Walsh’s book “Finding the Winning Edge” as a great primer for running a team) and one of Walsh’s personnel philosophies was to get rid of players at least a year before their skills and performance declined. Bellichick has shown no problem getting rid of players that were team and fan favorites. I wonder if Brady saw the writing on the wall (or in the Walsh’s book) about his near future?

  65. For the first time ever, Bill is making calls on behalf of his assistants looking for Head coaching jobs. It’s not a coincidence, he wants to leave the cupboard totally bare. Kraft screwed up, you don’t mess with BB. RK stepped over the line.

  66. Nick Caserio and Monti Ossenfort interviewing with the Texans

    Patricia and McDaniels interviewing for head coaching gigs at the same time.

    Brian Flores interviewing as well.

    No coincidence the rats are jumping off the sinking ship.

  67. Nick Caserio and Monti Ossenfort interviewing with the Texans

    Patricia and McDaniels interviewing for head coaching gigs at the same time.

    Brian Flores interviewing as well.

    No coincidence the rats are jumping off the sinking ship.

  68. vaphinfan says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Who would have the guts to hire someone proven to be a known cheater other than the browns.
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    That’s rich, coming from a fan of a team that was once coached by cheating Don Shula.

    To answer your question, every team would hire Belichick.

  69. He cant leave unless he retires. He’s under contract beyond this year. No way the Krafts allow him to coach anywhere else.

    Bill took the L on the Garropolo decision and he’s pissed. He got his side out through this Brady hit piece this morning and now it’s over. They are moving on.

  70. Yes Belichick will probably leave. The dysnasty is over. Just hope we don’t hire a Ryan.

  71. That’s rich, coming from a fan of a team that was once coached by cheating Don Shula.

    To answer your question, every team would hire Belichick.

    That’s rich coming from a coward who won’t reveal his team.

    Most teams would take Cheating Bill ……but he would have to promise not to cheat.

  72. Given Belichick’s track record with New England, he would be a PRIME candidate to coach ANYWHERE, e.g., Cleveland; SAN FRANCISCO (a reunion with his “wunkerkind, ‘Jimmy G'”) et al.

    The only problem is: New England “is in it, to win it!” right now, and foregoing an early exit, Belichick would not be available to make a decision about his future nor hook up with another team, and most coaching vacancies would likely already be filled by the time Super Bowl kickoff is set.

    Timing is everything.

  73. Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 5, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    That’s rich coming from a coward who won’t reveal his team.
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    That’s rich, coming from the biggest troll on PFT.

    I’ve stated several times, many in direct response to you, that I am a Chiefs fan.

  74. Browns are going 19-0 next year!

    If the Patriots win the Super Bowl the same year that Cleveland goes winless, the Belichick curse will be lifted.

  75. Or, all of this “drama” is simply the latest scam deployed by the New England cheaters to fool the rest of the playoff teams that the Cheaters are declining.

    I’ll put nothing past the trio of cheating fools in NE. They always leverage things to their advantage.

    The only solution is to remove the cheaters in their first game of the playoffs and to do it with such contempt that they’ll want to break it up.

  76. BB, TB and Kraft have been working together for 18 years. I’m sure there have been disputes and disagreements in the past. As for the end being near, let’s face it, Brady is gone in a year or 3. Belichick has lots of years left. Kraft has made more money than any man needs.

    Forcing Jimmy G to wait a few years for his chance to start wasn’t right. Brady is still the best QB in the NFL and looks like he just might go a couple more seasons.

    As for Brady’s trainer, the Patriots gave him a lot of access, but when he became a distraction to the team, Belichick cut him off. I wouldn’t have expected him to do anything else. It’s not like Belichick told Brady he couldn’t continue seeing him.

    As for the end being near… that’s been the case all along. Every season brings them closer to the inevitable… But it will be time that forces that change. It won’t be because the 3 greatest pieces to ever work together to build the greatest NFL dynasty suddenly breaks up because they had a disagreement.

    In the end they will do what they always have done on the field… they’ll do their job.

  77. I would have trouble believing that Kraft, after all this time of leaving all football decisions to BB, would all of a sudden pull rank – especially given the lessons learned with Parcells in the 90’s.
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    The only lesson Kraft learned from Parcells was that he was a parasite living off Belichick ever since Parcells was DC of the Giants and “borrowed” Belichick from his other team duties to actually run the defense such that Parcells got promoted to HC and lived off Belichick’s plate with three teams.

  78. and let’s not forget who the target of the ESPN hit piece is. Only two teams generate this type of attention, NE and Dallas. Both big SB winners. And don’t forget, Pittsburgh has won 6, and the Niners have won 5. Would they get this kinda attention? Nah. When you win big, the exposure is bigger- in this case, for NE.

  79. It’s pretty obvious, Coach Belichick will only want to coach the greatest Quarterback in the history of the NFL, ladies and gentlemen introducing the next GM & Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers, Bill Belichick the deal is done…..

  80. When will the haters figure it out. New England actually does better during these distractions, and without any Mannings….. nothing will stop them.

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