Bill Belichick has not been able to guide the Patriots’ ship since Tom Brady left, and 2023 should be his last season as the head coach. I wrote a couple of times about how I thought Belichick may be done at the end of the 2022 season, he will indeed be back in New England again.
He’s one of the winningest coaches in NFL history and has created one of the best careers of any coach in professional sports, but I think we’re getting to the point where Belichick is overstaying his welcome, and I don’t think his vision for the team should last past 2023.
His weird shuffling of the coaching staff before the 2022 season was baffling, to say the least. His roster moves were just OK, and his most recent draft doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence.
While the team does have money to spend in free agency, I’m not sure there are enough quality free agents out there for the Patriots to sign that would make enough of a difference to compete in the AFC East.
What if the New York Jets land Aaron Rodgers? The Miami Dolphins made what could me the move of the offseason by signing Vic Fangio to be their defensive coordinator, and the Bills don’t seem to be going anywhere.
I think Robert Kraft needs to put his foot down and make a significant move. Perhaps Belichick does deserve to be the head coach for as long as he wants, but the returns are diminished.
They’ve made the playoffs once since the 2020 season, which is not the expectation of the New England Patriots.
Unless Bill Belichick coaches this team to a deep playoff run, his time as head coach of Patriots should end at the end of the upcoming season. Perhaps it’s time for some younger blood.