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Report: Bill Belichick out as Patriots head coach after 24 years, 6 Super Bowl wins

The New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick have parted ways.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on in the first half at Gillette Stadium on January 07, 2024 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images

We’ve reached the end of an era, as probably the greatest NFL head coach of all time, Bill Belichick, is no longer the head coach of the New England Patriots, per NFL Network. This move has been rumored for much of the Patriots 4-13 season. With no heir apparent to Tom Brady, a difficult rebuild for the Patriots was needed and 71-year old Belichick doesn’t appear to be the man owner Robert Kraft wanted for the job.

Belichick’s records are many, with his six Super Bowl wins as head coach of the Patriots being the most note worthy. In total, Belichick has a record eight Super Bowl rings, two earned as a defensive coordinator with the Giants, as well as a record 11 times coaching in a Super Bowl. The one record he has not gotten and is probably one he would like, is most wins as an NFL head coach, currently held by Don Shula. Belichick sits in second place with 333 wins to Shula’s 347.

The post-Brady era has not been kind to Belichick and the Patriots. Drafting Mac Jones in 2021 wasn’t the answer, and not many believed it would be. And with Jones getting benched this season, there was no doubt a new quarterback was needed. New England has won 27 games and lost 34 since Brady left, and with the ghost of Cam Newton and a middling Mac Jones leading the way, 27 wins would be tough for any coach to get out of his team. The worst though was 2023, as Belichick had his fewest wins ever as a head coach.

The Patriots have the third pick in the 2024 draft and will draft a quarterback. Whoever they bring in to coach will get a chance to write their own story with a new QB, while Belichick, if he wants, should have the inside track on multiple jobs, preferably one with a good quarterback he can build from. The Los Angeles Chargers with Justin Herbert seem the most appealing at this point, while the Washington Commanders will have the No. 2 pick in the draft and money to spend.

If you want to criticize Belichick, you’ll most-likely criticize Belichick the GM. His record as a talent evaluator was hit and miss, especially with wide receivers. His ability to overcome his GM’s deficiencies almost made his coaching prowess more impressive.

The question for teams wanting to bring Belichick in to coach will likely surround his involvement with personnel decisions. It would be difficult to say no to Belichick, but if he wants full control, a team might pass on him.

The Patriots next coach could come from the Belichick coaching tree, with Jared Mayo and Mike Vrabel both high on the list. The “Patriot Way” hasn’t really worked often without Belichick leading the way, but roots run pretty deep up in New England and sticking with someone with those same roots is something I expect Kraft and company to do.