Bill Belichick says he “absolutely” plans to coach the Patriots next season

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick is dismissing talk that he may be done in New England after this postseason.

Asked on a conference call today if he plans to be the Patriots’ coach next season, Belichick answered, “absolutely.”

That matches what everyone in New England has said following last week’s ESPN report that indicated the gulf between Belichick and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft was so great that Belichick might be looking for a way out. All three men issued a joint statement saying they’re united and focused on the playoffs.

Other than that, Belichick was close-mouthed about his own future, instead limiting his comments to Saturday’s playoff game against the Titans. Belichick and the Patriots are on to Tennessee.

81 responses to “Bill Belichick says he “absolutely” plans to coach the Patriots next season

  1. No sh*t!!!! ESPN, and the media in general are such a joke. They can report anything and say “source” after it and can get away with it. Until the media is held accountable to release all their sources when stories are proven to be false, they will continue to spew this BS for clicks and ratings. That’s all it is.

  2. Huh, I really thought the NFL’s greatest dynasty was going to break up because of what some ESPN reporter heard in a bus station bathroom.

  3. Oh, you mean ESPN manufactured a totally unsubstantiated story to generate clicks and then it turned out there was nothing to it and all parties involved shot holes and totally Swiss cheese’d it? Get outta town!

  4. Thank you again ESPN, your lies and transparent hatred of the Patriots backed by the lying and jealous New York media, who must cover two pathetic NY franchises, fuels the Pats again…..Can you say Number 6….

  5. Makes me wonder if ESPN is in cahoots with the NFL to manufacture Patriots controversies to make football compelling again considering they are losing audience.
    As for BB, he suddenly acquired unofficial spokesmen for his thoughts and intentions. Right off the bat, you know those speculations are suspicious. Sorry, haters. BB will still run the Patriots. That’s straight from the GOAT’s mouth.

  6. whywerule says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:52 am
    Do not worry non-Pats fans, Belichick and Brady will retire one day.
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    And apparently that is what it will take. No one has shown the ability to beat them on a regular basis.

  7. Maybe there is no story here, but maybe someone leaked it for a reason? Maybe someone wants Coach B to leave, they want his job or they are tired of his coaching. Maybe someone doesn’t want the blame for the trade of Quarterback G. Maybe the locked out trainer is mad and wants to get even. Maybe. The source of the story might shed some light on this. Or it could just be an agent of someone other than three Patriot members trying to get a client a job if someone gets upset enough to leave or retire.

  8. But, but, but, Rex Ryan and ESPN assured us that it was over, could they have lied to us?
    Shocking!

  9. Whatever happens Belichick has already solidified his GOAT status.

    GOAT head coach
    GOAT GM
    GOAT defensive coordinator
    GOAT halftime adjustments maker

  10. WickerSham must be upset that the story he spent weeks fabricating has no legs ..add his name to the next round of BSPN layoffs

  11. When citizens of the United States spew uninformed, unConstitutional cries attacking the 1st Amendment, the press and free speech…and they get ‘thumbs up’ from other uninformed, Constitution trashing buffoons, this country is in for a rapid descent.

    “Until the media is held accountable to release all their sources”

  12. logicalvoicesays says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:49 am

    5 asterisks.
    _______________________

    *Most Super Bowl Appearances Head Coach
    *Most Super Bowl Wins Head Coach
    *Most Consecutive Winning Seasons Head Coach Post Merger
    *Most 12+ Win Seasons Head Coach
    *Most Division Championships Head Coach

    *Denotes NFL Record

  13. admiral174 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    Bill thinks he can squeeze another year out of Brady before his decline worsens. Then out to the Jets!

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    His decline worsens? He’s leading candidate for league MVP. If that’s declining i’ll take that any day for a QB on my team. LOL.

    Wish Rothlisburger was declining and a league MVP. We’d stand a better chance in the AFCCG…er not.

  14. “Other than that, Belichick was close-mouthed about his own future, instead limiting his comments to Saturday’s playoff game against the Titans.”

    … That’s par for the course for Belichick. He’s been asked numerous times in the past about his contract, and every single time he says he doesn’t discuss his contractual situation publicly. In other words, it’s surprising the reporters on the conference call were even able to get him to say he planned on coaching the Patriots again next year, but not surpising he wouldn’t offer any more than that.

  15. How come no one in the media reporting on this story has mentioned the fact that ESPN has a huge axe to grind with the Patriots? If nothing else, it serves as a motive for them to cherry-pick facts and blow them out of proportion. After all – it was their lies during deflate-gate that ruined their already damaged reputation and began their death-spiral into oblivion.

  16. Russ Ball said he absolutely was going to be the GB GM.
    Jon Gruden said the Raiders absolutely followed the Rooney Rule.
    Jerry Jones said that Kellen Moore absolutely was a better QB than Wade Wilson ever was.
    Rick Smith said he absolutely would come back as Houston GM.
    ESPN said absolutely there is no harassment issue/equal pay with women they employ(ed).
    Roger Goodell says the “color rush” uniforms are absolutely beautiful and not hard to look at.
    Jeff Triplette said that absolutely he is a good referee.

    What’d I miss?

  17. stillperfect says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Well if Nick Saban had said that, it would be a whole different story!

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    Didn’t he say he was gonna coach the Jets also?

  18. He’s under contract to do so how else would you think he would play this ,,,,,,,,,,,,calculated much !

  19. The real question is whether he’ll cry or quit when the Titans pull the upset Saturday night?

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    If you knew anything about him, he’d say they were outplayed and outcoached while giving high praise to the Titans – the thing he wouldn’t do is cry to the media about bad calls, etc ala Andy Reid.

    Don’t worry folks, he and Brady will retire some day and you’ll be able to gloat that the Pats are now vulnerable, unless of course, they aren’t.

  20. blushirts88 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm
    At this point I don’t even care if the article is true or not.

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    This is the problem with America.

  21. Bill Belichick says he “absolutely” plans to coach the Patriots next season.
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    So Belichick is going to use his many millions earned from being the most successful Head Coach in NFL history to buy an airline and downgrade the whole Patriots from First Class to Second Class?

  22. I don’t think this titans game is jets 2010 redux. that was a divisional opponent and a guy who can coach defense in rex beat brady up that game

  23. Can’t Waite to see his last press conference as the Patriots coach and he says “ Iam on to the New York Football Giants “

  24. blushirts88 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    At this point I don’t even care if the article is true or not. I just love seeing the Pats fans cry and act crazy…which has become the new norm
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    What are you talking about? Why would Pats fans be crying? The team is defending SB champions, #1 AFC seeds and has a shot at another ring this season.

  25. magebfd says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    I hope the patriots lose in a devastating fashion.


    MIghta been nicer to say you hope the titans kick their butts but hey, different strokes.

    If you want to hear Seth defend his work eei probably has it in audio vault. Listen to that then decide if Seth is up front or not.

  26. magebfd says:

    January 8, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I hope the patriots lose in a devastating fashion.
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    Get in line Haters, and bring something to read, because its going to be a long wait.

  27. I realize other sports writers won’t say it, because they have to circle the wagons, but this guy Wickersham flat out fabricated the whole story.

    WTF is wrong with a grown man and a friggin TV network that the NE Patriots rent so much space in their collective minds?

  28. “Belichick and the Patriots are on to Tennessee”.

    For what? The game is at Gillette Stadium.

  29. My prediction is (with no sources) BB and Tom Brady will retire form the NFL. Bob Kraft will hand the ownership operation off to his sons. ESPN will continue to make up FAKE NEWS to save a dying enterprise. Just don’t ask me when.

  30. weepingjebus says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:52 am
    Huh, I really thought the NFL’s greatest dynasty was going to break up because of what some ESPN reporter heard in a bus station bathroom.
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    He didnt even hear it there.

    He didnt even hear it anywhere.

  31. Dino Faucher says:
    January 8, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    “Belichick and the Patriots are on to Tennessee”.

    For what? The game is at Gillette Stadium.
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    As in “We’re on to Cincinnati” and that referred to a home game as well.

  32. raymondmac says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:19 pm
    When citizens of the United States spew uninformed, unConstitutional cries attacking the 1st Amendment, the press and free speech…and they get ‘thumbs up’ from other uninformed, Constitution trashing buffoons, this country is in for a rapid descent.

    “Until the media is held accountable to release all their sources”

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    ESPNs abuse of the first amendment is a bigger threat to it. Holding them accountable for such behavior would orotect it.

    Also there are tons of honest and responsible sports writers out there that cant be happy with how this reflects on their profession.

  33. I do think Belichick will stay in NE next season if he’s still coaching (never know, another SB win could result in a Brady/Belichick retirement), but lets be honest….. what else would he say to that question right now? Even if he did have plans to leave there is no way he’d admit it and let himself become a distraction going into the playoffs. Again, I don’t think he has plans to leave next year but I think its foolish to take this answer as confirmation he definitely isn’t.

  34. jjackwagon says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    whywerule says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:52 am
    Do not worry non-Pats fans, Belichick and Brady will retire one day.
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    And apparently that is what it will take. No one has shown the ability to beat them on a regular basis.
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    Eli Manning

  35. htown1035 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    jjackwagon says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    whywerule says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:52 am
    Do not worry non-Pats fans, Belichick and Brady will retire one day.
    —————————————-
    And apparently that is what it will take. No one has shown the ability to beat them on a regular basis.
    —————

    Eli Manning

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    2 games, the last one close to a decade ago, is a long way from ‘regular basis’. Especially when Eli hasnt beat anyone else either.

  36. He’s lying! That unsourced BSPN story was 100% correct and he is going to the Giants where they just hired a GM who has control of the personnel decisions while BB must answer to him.

  37. stinkymcmulligan says:
    January 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Belichick will be HC of the NYG next season.
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    Why would he jump into that mess?

  38. grumpysal says:
    January 8, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    The real question is whether he’ll cry or quit when the Titans pull the upset Saturday night?

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    If you knew anything about him, he’d say they were outplayed and outcoached while giving high praise to the Titans – the thing he wouldn’t do is cry to the media about bad calls, etc ala Andy Reid.

    Don’t worry folks, he and Brady will retire some day and you’ll be able to gloat that the Pats are now vulnerable, unless of course, they aren’t.
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    And when that day comes (Brady retiring then along goes BB) the Patriots fan base will drop worse than the NFL Ratings have the past couple of years!!!!

  39. Why would BB leave the Pats? He has full control over all football matters, owns a home on Nantucket, his two sons are coaches on the team, he’s been here for over 18 years and he’s a God in New England. You don’t just pick up and move at the age of 65 if you have a choice. If he left anywhere else to be a HC I think Navy would the place he would leave for and that’s a reach. He has maybe 3-5 years left and he wants to coach up his sons to be potential coordinators/head coaches to carry on his legacy.

  40. I’ve said this many times, and it pleases me to say it once again: On any given day Bill Belichik is 2 easy steps ahead of his fellow GMs and coaches, 3 steps ahead of the press (they know it and they HATE it!) and 4 ahead of us denizens of the peanut gallery (I have my own seat with my name (bozo) on it)!!

    We Pats fans are well aware that we are living in a gilded age and that at some point it will end.

    Meanwhile

    Pats-haters – and they are legion – circle buzzard-like above the kingdom, as they have for many years, and I must admit that some of the stuff they come up with (after so many years of desperation) is really kinda funny.

    So to them I say this – Let’s get together – we’ll bring the cheese, you bring the whine.

  41. Id love BB to become the coach of my G-men….but not in 2018. You dont get the 2nd pick in the draft very often and the Pats would likely demand it for BB in a trade. No thanks.

  42. Krafty Kraft thinks he is the reason for their success lmao. On the quiet Patriots fans can’t stand his crybaby face. Looks like the kind of guy you could say Boo ! too, he would jump out of wrinkley skin. Something very unlikeable about him. What’s he really done apart from getting lucky hiring the GOAT of coaches. Now he is telling him how to run the football side. Time to blow Mr Krafty, and your Tommy with you, he’s almost done as well.

  43. Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    *Denotes NFL Record

    * caught and fined for Cheating Twice…..

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    Actually he was never caught cheating.
    * Not following a poorly worded memo happened once.
    * Then a few dimwits confused him with the owner of a team that was fined for having a QB on the team who was playing badly on national television while using footballs which dropped PSI due to cold/wet weather.

    The NFL then saved the day by pumping up the footballs so that QB could destroy the Colts in the 2nd half of that game. The NFL kept the money and then hid the 2015 PSI information because they would have to give the money back.

  44. Michael LaRocca, Technical Editor says:
    January 8, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    IF the Titans win, Kraft might decide to clean house, starting with Belichick.
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    If the Patriots win, the owners of the other 31 teams might decide to clean house, starting with their head coaches. Maybe they will then all release their starting quarterbacks too.

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