Albert Breer was recently on The Rich Eisen Show, and just about confirmed that the New England Patriots and Robert Kraft might turn the page with Bill Belichick. The five minute clip is definitely worth your time and could lead to significant change within the organization.
Breer also mentioned Jerod Mayo's name multiple times. Mayo has largely been seen as the eventual successor to Belichick, and Mayo returning to the Patriots' coaching staff in 2023 seemed to give more legs to that idea. Mayo has a huge advocate in Robert Kraft, and I don't think Kraft wants to ever see Mayo leave the organization.
And given the current state of the New England Patriots, moving on from Bill Belichick at the end of the season at the very least is something that will probably happen. I do think the door is open for Belichick to be fired in-season, but ultimately, I think Kraft is hoping for a more formal and professional divorce with Belichick.
Breer also notes that the Patriots may not have more than a player or two who could realistically be on the roster in the next few years. And when you do a true deep dive into the roster, Breer is right. Outside of Christian Gonzalez, you could truly argue that every other player on the active roster may not be with the team in 2024, 2025, and beyond.
Robert Kraft surely realizes the state of his team and how the organization is viewed on the outside, as Breer mentioned that during this show appearance. I don't think Kraft cares much about the prior successes the Patriots have had under Belichick as it relates to the future of the team.
Belichick has left a poor track record as a GM and has done a pretty poor coaching job this year. Under normal circumstances, if this Patriots' mess was happening with another NFL team, the narrative would be "it's only a matter of time." But since Belichick is involved in this mess, some people still seem unsure about his future.
Well, I don't think this is very tough; Belichick has left this team in a horrible spot, and he should not remain with the team in 2024.