I think the writing is on the wall and the time has come for the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick to go their separate ways at the end of 2022. The post-Brady era in New England has exposed some serious issues with the team in terms of decision making an offensive execution.
The issues have gotten so bad that I think the Belichick tenure in New England should come to an end soon. For years, the “Patriot Way” was something that each team in the NFL, to some degree, tried to recreate.
Teams hired Belichick assistants and many failed. The Patriot Way also worked out pretty well to the tune of six Super Bowl titles since 2000. The era of dominance is nothing like we’ve seen in modern professional sports.
However, was the Patriot Way more due to Tom Brady or more because of Bill Belichick? Does the Patriot Way consist of hiring a defensive coordinator and special teams coach to run the offense? Does it involve spending tens of millions in free agency to cover up draft mistakes?
You see, the Patriots can be a competitive team each week if they wanted to, but that’s about as much as you’ll get out of them. If the team wants to hover right at the edge of relevancy, they can win seven or eight games a year.
But everyone knows that would not fly with this organization and fanbase. I think the right thing to do is to rip off the Band-Aid at the end of the year. With three games left, the Patriots have more of a chance to lose out than win one of them in my opinion.
What happens, regardless of the win-loss column, if the team misses the playoffs for a second time in three seasons? We all know that Bill Belichick can coach, but his decisions have hurt this time and he should not be immune to criticism.
I think it’s time, gang.