By Sam Zannotti
Controversy around Bill Belichick spirals after the Patriots lose yet another game and fall to 2-8 on the year.
Over the last three years, it has become clear that Tom Brady was a large part of the success of Bill Belichick’s career. Since losing Brady, the Patriots record is 26-30, and over the years with Brady, the Patriots were 219-66. The recent Quarterback struggles in New England can be seen in any game thus far this season. Mac Jones and Bill Belichick don’t work together in the same way Belichick and Brady used to.
Reports from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport state that Kraft is not looking to part ways with Belichick mid-season. His current contract expires in 2024, which is looking more and more likely to be Kraft’s way of letting him go. Belichick recently surpassed 300 career wins. Entering the season he was just two wins short, and it took his team until week seven to secure those two wins.
At the age of 71, it is unclear if Belichick will look to coach after parting ways with New England in the near future, or if he will just retire. The Belichick era in New England is coming to a close, but when that close will be is still unclear. This is Belichick’s 24th year as head coach of the Patriots, and possibly his worst season yet. The Patriots have lacked that special player since Brady left, and clearly, Belichick was not the answer fans in New England were looking for.