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Tracking the latest interview rumors for NFL head coach Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick and the Patriots parted ways after 24 seasons. Here are the latest rumors surrounding his next move.

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After 24 seasons and eight Super Bowls, the New England Patriots parted ways with legendary head coach Bill Belichick following a disappointing 2023 season. Belichick will turn 72 in 2024, and while his peers of that age are beginning to step down from coaching roles, Belichick isn’t ready to hang his hat up quite yet. We’re tracking Belichick interview reports and rumors from around the league as he determines his next steps in the NFL.

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Atlanta Falcons

1/18 Update: Belichick is scheduled to have another interview with the Atlantas Falcons, per Mark Maske. The first interview was with owner Arthur Blank and this one will bring in other executives with the team to see if the fit is a good one.

NFL inside Josina Anderson isn’t reporting that Belichick has the job, but she does believe it will happen, especially due to Belichick’s familiarity with Falcons CEO Rich McKay.

— Belichick interviewed for the Falcons’ head coach opening, the team announced Jan. 16. The Falcons recently fired Arthur Smith after three straight 7-10 seasons in Atlanta. Smith’s Falcons teams failed to qualify for a postseason. Belichick’s recent history isn’t much better — the Patriots went 8-9 in 2022 and 4-13 in 2023. However, Belichick has a history of winning, and Atlanta wants a postseason berth to be a realistic goal each season.

While the Falcons’ quarterback situation is not ideal, there is plenty of talent in Atlanta to develop, from 2023 first-round pick Bijan Robinson to star receiver Drake London to the underused Kyle Pitts. Whoever steps into the Falcons job will not be faced with the need to make a full turnaround — the pieces are theoretically in place in Atlanta, which is a positive for a coach of Belichick’s age.