Bill Belichick calls Jets’ departure “one of the great moments of my career”

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Bill Belichick might have had as much success with the Jets as he has had with the Patriots. Maybe not. No one will ever know because Belichick stepped down as the Jets’ head coach the day of his introduction in 2000.

He broke the news to team officials by writing, “I resign as HC of the NYJ” on a piece of paper.

While it ranks as one of the worst days in Jets’ history, Belichick remembers it fondly.

“That was one of the not only most defining, but one of the great moments of my career,” Belichick said Tuesday in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, via ESPN. “That combined with Robert [Kraft] giving me the opportunity to come here, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Belichick has won six Super Bowls as the Patriots’ head coach since they traded with the Jets for him 21 seasons ago. The Jets have had six head coaches, one division title and six postseason appearances since Belichick’s resignation.

“That wasn’t a good situation for me, and I didn’t want to be a part of it, so I wasn’t,” Belichick said. “The other half was Robert giving me the opportunity to come here [to New England]. Trading, he gave up quite a bit for me to come here. That was a big trade. I’m very thankful that it worked out.

“I appreciate all the support from Robert, the Kraft family, the Patriots organization, and all the New England fans. I’ll keep trying to do my best for this team, and this organization, giving the very best that I can. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to come here, and I just wasn’t going to stay there in that situation.”

The rest, of course, is history.

60 responses to “Bill Belichick calls Jets’ departure “one of the great moments of my career”

  1. I don’t think some of these coaches realize the importance of working for an organization that is willing to give you, one, the tools to succeed, and two, the stability to let you develop a team. Teams like the Steelers, Patriots, Ravens etc understand that you can’t fire a coach every other season and then expect to have success.

  2. Hilarious he would admiy it publicly.

    20 years later, we see why it was so easy to leave. Woody Johnson is a disgrace.

    BB disliked Guttman, their president at the time, but Kraft and BB liked Leon Hess. Hess was a class act. BB knew Woody Johnson was going to be the guy and he was going to be under Parcells’s thumb. The latter was aging and not really great with economics and the fluidity of the salary cap, and how much it meant to being a good, competitive team.

    In other words, BB’s approach under a cap was not going to ljne up with used car salesman Johnson and big ego Parcells. I mean, BB sort of made Parcells, as history has proven. There was not way Belichick was going to be under control like he was with Modell in Cleveland. That wasn’t happening again.

    The greatest trade in sports history this side of Babe Ruth to the Yankees.

    BB then drafted, kept Brady on as the 4th qb, developed him, promoted him and the rest is history.

  3. Like everyone else I watched what looked like a bad football game with two very bad teams. The difference is that Belichick is making lemonade out of complete lemons while Adam Gase continues to be a trainwreck. The Patriots had 13 starters out and were starting multiple practice squad LBs and D linemen and all their WRs were undrafted rookie free agents.
    The game was actually entertaining and Cam Newton played pretty well, but while I don’t like Belichick I have to admire and respect him for being the greatest coach of all time. Anyone trying to claim it was all Brady just because the Patriots are 3-5 this year obviously haven’t seen the roster of the Patriots these past 3 games. They are less skilled than Alabama in most key positions. That’s not an excuse, it’s just reality looking at the guys who are actually on the field these days for NE.

  4. Bill Belichick saw the obvious the Jets will always be dysfunctional. Robert Kraft let Belichick conduct football operations without any strings attached.

  5. Had Testaverde not hurt his achilles, Belichick might have stayed with the Jets but succeeding Parcells was probably not what he wanted to do and he probably felt he could go all the way with Bledsoe in NE but never knew how well Brady would develop. The Jets may have gotten Brady had he stayed but who knows ?

  6. That was the greatest B SLAP EVER to one single organization in all of sports history. You hear that? That was millions of Jets all yelling OWWW En Masse after Bill Belicheck just laid the pimp hand down on millions of people all at once.

  7. The Jets organization are the ones that turned him in for cheating for spygate. The start of a very tarnished and checkered history. A legacy destroyed by a lack of ethics.

  8. Quoting Chief Dan George from the movie Little Big Man: “Sometimes the magic works (e.g. New England) and sometimes it doesn’t (e.g. Jets).”

  9. the ESPN 30:30 on the 2 bills was fantastic. I can absolutely see why Belichick wanted to leave the jets to come to us. parcells staying in charge of the football personnel decisions, Woody Johnson, the guy Belichick thought would be a terrible owner became the owner.

    It was not the right way to leave, but I understand and AM ABSOLUTELY ECSTATIC about the results for us 🙂

    I do feel bad for the Jets fans though.

  10. Hopefully Trevor Lawrence will be able to look back in 20 years and say the same thing. In fact, Lawrence should let the Jets know right now that he won’t sign with them.

  11. Kraft’s 2nd best move after not letting the team break its lease so they could move to st Louis. then buying the Pat’s and building a monster the likes of which the nfl will not see again.

  12. “That wasn’t a good situation for me, and I didn’t want to be a part of it, so I wasn’t,”

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    Wait a minute – He resigned on the day of his introduction as coach. If it was so bad why did he take the job just days before?

  13. kudos for standing in what you believe in instead of what others want you to believe in, balls of steel to turn down the job Parcell’s was so confident you would just slide into, I would give anything to be a fly on the wall that day watching the big man traking one on the chin from his prized pupil…

  14. Kurt Laughlin says:
    November 11, 2020 at 7:30 am
    “That wasn’t a good situation for me, and I didn’t want to be a part of it, so I wasn’t,”

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    Wait a minute – He resigned on the day of his introduction as coach. If it was so bad why did he take the job just days before?

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    He didn’t. Parcells called a meeting and announced his resignation to become a Jets executive and said Belichick was contractually obligated to now become head coach. They did that quickly in an attempt to block him from going anywhere else.

    He was done with being under Parcells thumb and clearly (correctly) didn’t believe in the Jets ownership situation and direction as well. He’s a smart guy and gutsy, so he left to come to a better, more stable organization where he could run things unfettered—one where he already had a good working relationship just a few years prior (Kraft)

    6 Super Bowls later – he is now a legend because of that great decision, and the Jets are, well, still the Jets.

  15. didnthearwhat says:
    November 11, 2020 at 7:29 am
    Bill’s total of Super bowl wins had he stayed with the Jets equals a grand total of………zero

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    That, we will never know.

    I would offer that he would have had them competing every year and there obviously wouldn’t have been a turnstile of coaches there. There’d be a winning culture with stability and proper cap management. I’d wager he’d have a couple of SBs in that time at least. Maybe he could have snagged 1 or 2 from Brady wherever he might have landed. The synergy and success with those two won’t be duplicated.

  16. My question as well Kurt.
    I have never understood why someone who is so methodical and preparatory would have taken a job that he one day later thought better of.

    I have to think that he may have been given assurances of having certain decision making and control BEFORE he took the job and found out they changed.

    OR.. He had the conversations with NE going all along and took the job with the Jets as leverage.

    Knowing BB… My money is on the latter.

  17. Wait a minute – He resigned on the day of his introduction as coach. If it was so bad why did he take the job just days before?
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    The ignorance of some people is mind-boggling. He didn’t “take the job just days before.” The Jets just elevated him from assistant head coach at Parcells’ request when Tuna stepped down. When Belichick was told he resigned within 24 hours.

  18. Kurt Laughlin says:
    November 11, 2020 at 7:30 am
    “That wasn’t a good situation for me, and I didn’t want to be a part of it, so I wasn’t,”

    ————-

    Wait a minute – He resigned on the day of his introduction as coach. If it was so bad why did he take the job just days before?

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    Because they gave it to him. But he was already in talks about how to move on before that.

  19. As you can see with an average Qb and no cheating ( no more taping the sidelines ) he’s just an average coach ,pats look like every other team barely beat the jets and personally I think the jets gave them that game think about it ……….bellicheck is only a great coach when he has great players fact proven this year

  20. Considering that the Jets were compensated with a draft pick, it was more of a trade. Maybe the best and most lopsided trade in NFL history.

  21. Kurt Laughlin says: “Wait a minute – He resigned on the day of his introduction as coach. If it was so bad why did he take the job just days before?”
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    He didn’t “take the job”. It was in his contract that he would succeed Parcells as head coach, but the Jets owner Hess died the year before and two possible new owners were Johnson and Dolan. Parcells sensed Belichick was leaving for NE so he surprised everyone by retiring and forcing Belichick into the NYJ HC position.

    It was also likely he didn’t want Parcells as his executive, as he probably wanted full control that Patriots offered.

  22. Well, of the Pats did draft Brady, no one would be talking about ol BB.. His head coaching record (including Cleveland) before Bledsoe got hurt and Brady took over…

    6-10
    7-9
    11-5
    5-11
    5-11
    0-2

    And we see this year how bad they are struggling without Brady. I mean, they BARELY beat the Jets…..

    I think we may have an answer as to who was the reason for the success of the Rhode Island Patriots.

  23. tb12bestqbevah says:
    November 10, 2020 at 10:34 pm
    Greatest ever. Cry your tears haters.

    Please, cry…your…tears.

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    Maybe. Maybe not. He likely is the best ever, but the systemic cheating we’ve seen from that organization while he’s been there has cast doubt on his entire legacy.

    Cue the crybaby Patriot fans…

  24. Well, of the Pats did draft Brady, no one would be talking about ol BB.. His head coaching record (including Cleveland) before Bledsoe got hurt and Brady took over…

    6-10
    7-9
    11-5
    5-11
    5-11
    0-2

    And we see this year how bad they are struggling without Brady. I mean, they BARELY beat the Jets…..

    I think we may have an answer as to who was the reason for the success of the Rhode Island Patriots.

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    Not a fan of BB, but in all fairness to him, who in the last quarter century has had success in Cleveland?

  25. Please.

    There’s no doubt about Belichick’s legacy, even if he went 5-11 this year with the minor league club talent he has at the moment. He’s in the handful of greatest coaches ever.

    That stuff is reserved for the fans of teams he’s throttled over the years. You can keep trying to create sideways explanations to make yourselves feel better if that’s what you need to do

  26. pedersonisbetterthanmcvay says:
    November 11, 2020 at 10:03 am
    Well, of the Pats did draft Brady, no one would be talking about ol BB.. His head coaching record (including Cleveland) before Bledsoe got hurt and Brady took over…

    6-10
    7-9
    11-5
    5-11
    5-11
    0-2

    And we see this year how bad they are struggling without Brady. I mean, they BARELY beat the Jets…..

    I think we may have an answer as to who was the reason for the success of the Rhode Island Patriots.

    Left out the 11-5 season with Brady. Matt cassel
    Also started 3-1 without Brady.

    Didn’t Ozzie say BB “laid the foundation for the Ravens first SB”

    To say he’s an average coach is dumb. It doesn’t matter in ANY sport how great the coach is, you still need the players.

    He did turn Cleveland into a playoff team then the next season lost his starting QB in week 3.

    And let’s easy up on “ systemic cheating” that’s just dumb and lazy.

  27. Also, when he left the Jets made Al Groh head coach. He scooted out of town after one year and spent the next nine seasons as the head coach at UVA. Nobody wanted the Jets job then, and nobody wants it now.

  28. The Jets have had six head coaches, one division title and six postseason appearances since Belichick’s resignation.

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    That one division title was the greatest moment in Rex Ryan’s career.

  29. And we see this year how bad they are struggling without Brady. I mean, they BARELY beat the Jets…..

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    Meanwhile Brady just took the worst loss of his career the other night….he can’t win without BB maybe?

  30. cancerman2020 says:
    November 11, 2020 at 12:28 pm
    And we see this year how bad they are struggling without Brady. I mean, they BARELY beat the Jets…..

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    Meanwhile Brady just took the worst loss of his career the other night….he can’t win without BB maybe?

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    Ravens DC, Dean Pees, just said the other day it was mainly BB as he was involved in 90% of the offense, not Brady. I think that shifted a lot after Brady’s horrendous poatseasons like in 2007 and 2011 after Pees left, and then BB went back to it around the time JimmyG was drafted.

    I had it all along…Brady wanted toys after the 2006 afc title
    game loss, Brady granted him the toys and full autonomy and then Brady blew it when it counted.

    Thanks to BB, he righted the ship and formed another dynasty.

    I could not figure out how Brady looked worse with more experience, but then I started runnng the numbers:

    Brady had a shotgun spread addiction

    BB saw what I saw…Also, Mike Lombardi confirmed this in his 2018 book as a consultant for NE.

  31. Dean Pees has not been Ravens DC since 2017 and is currently retired. That should speak to some people’s credibility.

  32. Bill new the Jets organization is a joke, so he bailed. Puzzling why he ever accepted the job in the first place.

  33. Less than a day on the job and he quits? Ok. It must have been pretty bad in in Jet Land. Still is, apparently.

  34. People forget quickly that under Ryan the Jets went to two consecutive AFC Championship games, losing to Manning and Rothlisberger … Sanchez wasnt the answer.

  35. People watch the 2 bills 30:30. When Parcells left us for the Jets, we filed tampering charges against them because he was contractually still our coach.

    So, Belichick was hired as head coach of the Jets, and Parcells was a “senior advisor.” Once the league gave us a 1st round pick to let Parcells go, he then officially became the head coach of the Jets.

    He knew Bill wanted to go back to us. So he retired, elevating belichick to the head coaching position without consulting with him, when Belichick quit, and wanted to be our coach, Parcells filed tampering charges against us in retaliation due to his pissing contest with Mr. Kraft.

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