For the first time in almost a quarter century, there is a head coaching opening in New England. The rival Patriots and legendary head coach Bill Belichick have agreed to part ways after a disappointing season.
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are expected to part ways today after a remarkable 24 seasons together, ending an unmatched run in NFL history that included six Super Bowl titles, league sources tell me and @AdamSchefter.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 11, 2024
Belichick famously took over as head coach in the Patriots in 2000 after leaving the Jets. He was about to be promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach but resigned at what was to be his introductory press conference. He eventually was hired by the Patriots as head coach and general manager. In his first Draft, Belichick made the pick of the century, landing Tom Brady with the 199th pick. Within two years, New England won its first Super Bowl under Belichick with a record five more to come. Belichick went 38-12 against the Jets during his tenure (including the Playoffs).
His time in New England came to a rocky end, and his departure was widely expected.
Belichick’s years in New England did not treat the Jets well. We can hope his departure is symbolic of a new era dawning.