Bill Belichick says he is returning in 2023, vows a thorough process of improving the Patriots

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick rolled up his sleeves at the start of today’s end-of-season press conference, perhaps a sign that he knows he needs to get down to work after his team missed the playoffs.

Belichick confirmed that he will be back for a 24th season as the Patriots’ head coach and vowed that he will undertake a thorough process of making the team better.

“The process will start today,” Belichick said.

Belichick said missing the playoffs is not where the standard is in New England.

“Nobody’s satisfied with that. That’s not our goal,” he said. “There’s accountability everywhere, that starts with me.”

Belichick declined to say whether Matt Patricia and Joe Judge, the much-maligned assistant coaches who oversaw the offense this season, would be back in the same roles, or whether he might hire an offensive coordinator from the outside.

“We’ll look at everything,” Belichick said.

The reality is that Belichick has already accomplished everything he needs to accomplish to be recognized as one of the all-time great coaches in the history of football. But it’s noteworthy that all of those accomplishments came with Tom Brady as his quarterback: Belichick went 219-64 in the regular season with Brady and made the playoffs in 17 of 18 seasons. But Belichick has now coached 10 seasons without Brady (five in Cleveland, one with Drew Bledsoe, one with Matt Cassel and three since Brady went to Tampa Bay), and Belichick has only made the playoffs in two of those 10 years. Overall Belichick is below .500 without Brady at 79-87.

Belichick acknowledged today that he has to get better results. Without Brady, the results have not been good.

40 responses to “Bill Belichick says he is returning in 2023, vows a thorough process of improving the Patriots

  1. I really think this is Bill’s last season. A 72 year old coach can only take them so far.

  2. If he really is going to do a thorough process to make the team better, then that’s the silver lining to not making the playoffs yesterday. Huge changes need to be made on the coaching staff and it’s important to get to work immediately on the 2023 roster.

  3. His entire career is a fraud. Without Brady there’s no difference between him and Kliff Kingsbury. Rex Ryan has a better record as a head coach than he has without Tom Brady.

  4. Everybody talks about Belichick’s records with and without Brady. But the fact is most of the Hall of Fame coaches had Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

    Paul Brown had Otto Graham. Lombardi had Starr, Noll had Bradshaw, Shula had Unitas and Marino, Walsh had Montana and Young.

    To me that is what make Joe Gibbs the GOAT. Went to four super bowls and won three with four different quarterbacks. None of them close to HoF status.

  5. Tommy without Bill and Arians has a losing record. Fact. He can’t elevate an inferior coaching staff to finish over .500. Facts. Stone cold FACTS.

    Also if the Patriots and Bucs were in the AFC East with their 8-9 records, it’s worth noting that the Patriots would win the tiebreaker and finish ahead of them. Tommy only made the playoffs because he plays in a trash bag of a division just like he has his entire career.

    Most overrated athlete in sports. Always was.

  6. bill’s to do list:
    1. Fire special teams coach
    2. Hire a proven off coordinator.
    3: draft a stud wideout
    4. Fix offensive line

  7. The Patriots obviously would not have won all those Super Bowls without Brady. But they would not have won them without Belichick either.
    As for next year, they need to replace the offensive coordinator and special teams coaches ASAP.

  8. The whole argument about Belichick not winning without Brady is ridiculous. First of all, unlike every other GM in 2000, Belichick drafted Tom Brady and kept him around for 19 seasons. He gets all the credit for that. Also, he was doing well in Cleveland but got the rug ripped out from under him. They went 11-5 in the Matt Cassel season and somehow missed the playoffs. There has been a total rebuild since 2020. Yeah, one playoff appearance in three seasons isn’t great, but it’s hardly unusual.

  9. Did Bill commit to giving up Chessing while others are playing checkers as it seems not to work for him anymore?

  10. . Without Brady, the results have not been good.
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    The Patriots had Brady in 2019 and the results were not good either. The team did win 12 games but Brady isn’t in any knowledgeable football fan’s top 10 list why they won that many games that year. Fact.

  11. BB was reckless a year ago bringing the two stooges back and thinking they were NFL level offensive coaches. His team paid the price. Sounds like he recognizes and owns those mistakes so that’s a start.

    Also Frank Reich is available. He’s a good OC. Just sayin….

  12. To me that is what make Joe Gibbs the GOAT. Went to four super bowls and won three with four different quarterbacks. None of them close to HoF status.
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    Gibbs is criminally underrated as a head coach in this league. Was an offensive innovator.

    Bill is not the greatest coach of all time IMO. He’s one of the greats for sure and a HOF lock but I can’t definitively call him the greatest when he doesn’t have the most coaching wins (Shula), or the best record (Madden) or the best playoff record (Lombardi) and his coaching tree is well… not all that successful.

  13. notaloon says:
    January 9, 2023 at 9:09 am
    bill’s to do list:
    1. Fire special teams coach
    2. Hire a proven off coordinator.
    3: draft a stud wideout
    4. Fix offensive line
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    Fire Patricia and move Judge back to special teams where he belongs. Then hire an offensive coordinator. I would rank 4 above 3.

    Patriots also need a lot more talent in the secondary as Allen and Diggs demonstrated yesterday. Took a while but yesterday was the first time this year I felt the team missed JC Jackson.

    They also need a new kicker and punter. Sad to see Folk go but I think it’s probably the end of the line.

    I’m happy Uche has finally emerged but they still need another LB.

    And they need to hit on their draft picks. Don’t waste first round picks on guys like Cole Strange who could be good players eventually but need a lot of work to get there. You pick a guy like that on day 2 or 3 not day 1. I felt the Patriots were a draft away but now I think they are two drafts away from the window opening. Just way too many needs in a lot of places. They need more good players than they have to compete with the elite teams.

  14. With a real OC, they’d be in the playoffs this year with a defense that no team wants to face. They are closer than most think to contending.

  15. Brady jumped shipped and cherry picked a team loaded with top 10 picks. BB stayed the course in NE and accepted the rebuild all while never picking below 15th (14th in 23) Of course the record is in Brady’s favor In all honestly though would you rather be NE or TB these next 3 yrs? The Pats have all their draft picks and plenty of salary cap. The biggest changes need to come on the coaching staff and OT position.

  16. Defense is in good shape.

    1) Fire Patricia
    2) Get a left-tackle
    3) Get a #1 WR
    4) Hire a real OC who can work with Mac.

  17. I have said that all along about coaches from multiple sports.Belichick would never be called the goat if he didnt luck into Brady. Same goes for Phil Jackson in the NBA. Would Jackson have the same standing if he coached the Magic or Nets? No, he got lucky and happen to have Jordan. He retired, then made his big comeback only to coach Kobe. Most hall of fame coaches had a ridiculously good player to help carry them to championships. And before all the “They did it together” people come out of the woodwork, try to tell me Brady did it together with Bruce Arians because he was such a good coach. No, Brady carried him to a super bowl win. I look forward to Belichick being exposed over the next few years. He would probably still have Brady if he had listened to Brady and got him some real weapons instead of convincing himself he was the reason for all the success and not Brady

  18. With a real OC, they’d be in the playoffs this year with a defense that no team wants to face. They are closer than most think to contending.
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    Agreed they make the playoffs with a real OC but every mediocre team believes they’re really close and the vast majority are not. Even with a real OC, Mac Jones isn’t scaring anybody. They’re thin on talent in lots of places. They’ve slipped dramatically against their own division, let alone the league as a whole. Anybody thinking they’re an OC and one or two players away is kidding themselves.

  19. edk53 says:
    January 9, 2023 at 9:08 am
    Everybody talks about Belichick’s records with and without Brady. But the fact is most of the Hall of Fame coaches had Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

    Paul Brown had Otto Graham. Lombardi had Starr, Noll had Bradshaw, Shula had Unitas and Marino, Walsh had Montana and Young.

    To me that is what make Joe Gibbs the GOAT. Went to four super bowls and won three with four different quarterbacks. None of them close to HoF status.

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    You left Parcells off your list. He won two with Joe Shmoe quarterbacks.

  20. Under .500 without me for TEN seasons says it all. The Tuna, LT and I get together for a BBQ every year and talk about how we carried that guy.

  21. Mac is not an nfl caliber quarterback. He lacks the arm strength to make the throws.
    Move on from Mac. He has to put so much air under the pass to make a deep pass that they are easy pickoffs because in the NFL everyone is fast.
    Fire cam mcaccord or whatever the special teams coordinator name is. That aspect has been atrocious for his entire 3 year tenure

  22. It was Gronk all along. Both the Patriots and Tampa are struggling without him.

  23. ottosdad2012 says:
    January 9, 2023 at 10:47 am
    Mac is not an nfl caliber quarterback. He lacks the arm strength to make the throws.
    Move on from Mac. He has to put so much air under the pass to make a deep pass that they are easy pickoffs because in the NFL everyone is fast.
    Fire cam mcaccord or whatever the special teams coordinator name is. That aspect has been atrocious for his entire 3 year tenure

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    If one goes by whats being demonstrated on football fields during games rather than internet comments his arm suddenly starts looking pretty strong and accurate.

  24. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 9, 2023 at 9:04 am
    I really think this is Bill’s last season. A 72 year old coach can only take them so far.

    Bill is 70.

  25. zonedout100 says:
    January 9, 2023 at 11:56 am
    GoodellMustGo says:
    January 9, 2023 at 9:04 am
    I really think this is Bill’s last season. A 72 year old coach can only take them so far.

    Bill is 70.
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    I didn’t mean this past season is his last one, 2023 probably will be IMO. He will be 72 going into the 2024 season.

  26. In 1968, I became a Boston/New England Patriots fan. I was 9 y/o and the Pats were my dads team, so they were my team. 1968, 4-10 with a royal butt kick in the last 2 games at the hands of Miami and the Oilers. All that says is that I am OLD. There are 2 on the Patriots that are old, one is Kraft and the other is Bill.

    In my life’s journey, I find that I am more ridge than I should be, sometimes let stuff slip through the cracks because stuff doesn’t work the way it used to. I like harmony around the house and with my wife of over 40 years. I don’t embrace technology they way I used to, innovation has gone by the wayside and the way I did stuff 20 years ago is good enough. I am a retired theoretical physicist. I have been trained to think outside the box and this is my first year of retirement and I hate it.

    There are two old guys in New England that hearken back to the glory years and young wives seem to be the order of the day. Lord have mercy! Bill especially lacks the clairvoyance to do things that he knows needs to be done, opting for 20 years ago glory. He sucks as a GM and should have been replaced years ago and been satisfied to be the head coach. Nope, if power is what he wants, he sure as hell has grabbed it a hung on. He lacks the awareness to look past his many mistakes and still resorts to old, tired habits.

    Where is the innovation? Where is the commitment? Did anyone think frick and frack were qualified to coach the offense? Hell no. Still, he was to damned lazy to bather himself to get a proper head offensive coach. It was easier to get two dullards who would never again be approached to be head coach of anything past high school ball. He was mad that so many coaches left with Josh, but that invites the question, “Why did they bolt”? Had the stench of Bilichick just gotten to be to much? Did he get old, ridged, lack innovation and found it easier to give his kid a job rather than a QUALIFIED candidate? The kid will take orders far better than a young firebrand who might just question what he is up to.

    Two old men trying to hang on the past glory and failing miserably. Sad isn’t it?

  27. Everyone points to Patricia as OC as the problem, but does anyone else feel like maybe Patricia should replace Steve over on the defensive side? Anyone feel like nepotism is part of the mess here?

  28. Hahahahaha another year of terrible overpaid FA signings, horrible draft busts like their loser talentless dirty QB, and being an irrelevant joke team.

    Exactly as they have been from the second Brady stopped carrying belichick and this disgraced cheater franchise.

    Exactly as they will be for decades to come. Too bad for all the fat dorks in boston who need to live vicariously through other men, yet turned on Brady the second he had enough of belichick riding his back and sucking his blood.

  29. They went 11-5 in the Matt Cassel season and somehow missed the playoffs

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Jets, Bills and Dolphins won 19 out of 30 games against non-divisional teams, and they played 3 playoff teams : Chargers, Steelers and Dolphins twice, and won one of them because they had Randy Moss.

    Didn’t Belichick learn something from last 3 seasons? Pats had top defense IN ALL THREE SEASONS, but accomplished nothing. How a season goes completely depends on how many lousy teams and inexperienced QB they played.

    Plus one year wonder when opponents didn’t have videos on their QB.

  30. Everybody talks about Belichick’s records with and without Brady. But the fact is most of the Hall of Fame coaches had Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Can you tell the difference between ‘Brady needed defense’ and ‘Brady needed Belichick’s defense’?

    FYI, the greatest show on turf scored only 11 points against Bucs defense in NFCCG; scored only 23 points against average Titans defense in SB.

    In next season, it scored only 7 points in first 3.5 quarters against Saints #10 defense.

    Brady would have turned any of the 3 teams into dynasty, and turned any of the coaches (Tony dungy, Jim Haslett, Jeff Fisher) into genius.

  31. Pats had top defense IN ALL THREE SEASONS

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    Not exactly. This year they were a good not great defense. Last year they were a bottom third team stopping the run. The year before the defense was awful.

  32. Brady would have turned any of the 3 teams into dynasty, and turned any of the coaches (Tony dungy, Jim Haslett, Jeff Fisher) into genius.

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    More likely if Belichick drafts Chad Pennington and Marc Bulger instead of Tommy they still win a bunch of rings. There is no doubt whatsoever about that.

    Brady ain’t all that. Never was.

  33. Pats had top defense IN ALL THREE SEASONS

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    Not exactly. This year they were a good not great defense. Last year they were a bottom third team stopping the run. The year before the defense was awful.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Pats defense during Brady’s era was worse than Packers defense with Rodgers on total yards allowed.

    Go figure.

  34. Patricia and Judge are not offensive coaches. Move them back to D and ST or fire them. They both have led to lots of losing recently. Maybe they are not good coaches.

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