Bill Belichick eying 3 teams for NFL coaching return next year

For the first time in decades, the NFL season will begin without Bill Belichick.When was the last time that happened? minnesota vikings And that pittsburgh steelers When we met at Super Bowl IX, where Gerald Ford took the presidential oath after Richard Nixon’s resignation, this author — by no means a young man — had not yet been born.

However, after breaking up with him, new england patriots, Belichick has no NFL job next season. While he was interviewing atlanta falcons (More on this in a moment) Instead of preparing to make several picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, the venerable head coach, a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer, decided to hire Pat as an analyst during the draft.・Preparing to join McAfee and others.

Other than stopping at a few clinics in Washington and Nebraska (where he surprised Cornhuskers head coach Matt Rhule), Belichick hasn’t been seen prowling the sidelines in his trademark hoodie this fall. do not have.

Will we ever see him in the NFL again?

It seems far-fetched at first glance, but a new report suggests we may have seen the last of him in the NFL ranks.

one sheet ESPN Wednesday Featuring extensive reporting by Don Van Natta Jr., Seth Wickersham, and Jeremy Fowler, this book delves deep into Belichick’s departure from New England, sheds new light on his interview process with the Falcons, and provides insight into Belichick’s opened the door to the idea that he might not have a future in the NFL. According to the article, what made Belichick great was, in some ways, narrowing his options.

During his tenure in New England, Belichick served as a hybrid head coach and general manager in charge of making the majority of personnel decisions. It is not surprising that he desired such a title. After all, Belichick once appeared under a man named Bill Parcells. provided the famous phrase “… [i]If they want you to make dinner, they should at least let you do the grocery shopping. ”

Parcells wasn’t talking about the local supermarket, but rather the people entrusted with personnel decisions by NFL owners. Is that the owner he was talking about? None other than Robert Kraft ultimately handed the responsibility to Belichick after Parcells balked at having such authority.

Of course, it worked out in the end. Belichick brought not one, but two different dynasties to New England, and when his tenure in Foxboro ended, he left with six Super Bowl championships on his resume.

However, that model appears to have reached its limits. According to the work of ESPN:

Ownership has evolved in the 28 years since Belichick last asked for a job. Belichick’s brand of GM/head coach leadership hasn’t completely fallen out of favor in the NFL.of 49ers This year’s Super Bowl contender, the Chiefs, both use strong head coaching models.

But most team owners are loath to give one person as much power as Belichick wielded in New England. Even with his career results. Owners are currently emphasizing collaboration and collaboration between soccer operations, coaching staffs and other team executives. Most people reject the fear and influence that inspired the New England dynasties.

This time, what made Bill Belichick great has narrowed his options.

Belichick’s leadership style, in part, led to the seven team owners’ decisions to take over for Belichick this offseason.

by ESPN Anecdotes from previous seasons indicate that the veteran coach himself was beginning to think his model belonged to a bygone era. “Even Belichick was aware that his head coach/GM hybrid was becoming unpopular around the league, sources said. A year ago, Belichick got drunk with another head coach. Over cocktails, Belichick told his coach that perhaps there was a better way than what Belichick had been doing for nearly a quarter of a century.

To that end, Belichick vowed in an interview with The Atlanta Paper that he is “willing to coexist with the Falcons leadership under this new paradigm.” In fact, he claimed he just wanted to coach. ”

It wasn’t enough.

“But the Falcons realized that if they hire Bill Belichick, they hire all of him, and their entire philosophy and ethos stems from the ethics and ingenuity of one man,” sources said. In the end, his assurances failed to convince Blank and team executives. “He was essentially voted off the Island,” said a source close to the Falcons’ recruiting process.

So where does that leave him?

He is currently preparing for his first draft as an analyst rather than a coach.

As a fan of the New England Patriots for decades, I have to admit that it’s almost unnerving to see Belichick so happy, but I digress…

Regarding the possibility of returning to the NFL, ESPN This article makes the same connection that many in the industry have made this offseason, including this author.


“He is thought to be biding his time until January next year, waiting for an opening in the team he has told close friends he is interested in coaching. dallas cowboys, philadelphia eagles and new york giants. A person who spoke with a longtime friend of Belichick’s said he doubted the coach would get another chance, adding, “I don’t think Bill Belichick will ever be a head coach again in the National Football League.” I don’t think it will happen,” the friend said. “Unless it is, [for] Jerry Jones” pointed out ESPN article.

Mina Kimes presents this great comparison:

So if you need a Bill Belichick fix this spring, you can find it as an analyst. Not in a press conference where he shares gruff insights about a player whose team appears to have reached two rounds ahead of consensus.

For this fall and beyond, it’s likely the NFC East with one of the teams mentioned, most likely Dallas with the Cowboys.