After over two decades of excellence, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is now being asked if he is coaching for his job. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. I think people are beginning to wonder the same thing. During his Monday press conference, Belichick was asked about his job security. Even two years ago, this would have made all of us laugh.
But now, it seems to be a valid question to ask. In Week 10, the New England Patriots travel to Germany to face the Indianapolis Colts, who are 4-5 on the season after their win versus the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Even though the Colts have been starting backup Gardner Minshew, they feel like a better team than the Patriots.
"Patriots coach Bill Belichick deflected Monday morning when asked if he believed he could be coaching for his job this Sunday against the Colts.- Andrew Callahan via Boston Herald
“I’m going to control what I can control and I’m going to get ready for the Colts,” he said.
Belichick also deflected when asked if he had received any assurances about his job from team ownership.
“My focus is on getting ready for the Colts,” Belichick said."
Ah yes, the "on to Cincinnati" schtick. I mean, you can't blame Belichick for answering the questions the way he did. But at this point, it is fair to wonder if he is. Now, do I truly think that Robert Kraft would fire Belichick in-season? No, but I think it's still worth talking about. I think a "mutual parting of ways" in the offseason can definitely happen.
I also think we can see a scenario where Belichick remains with the organization, but is essentially promoted out of his GM and HC roles and into more of a consulting/advising one. That would lessen the blow of him being fired from both roles and would still keep him with the team. I get that people are attached to Belichick and the tenure that he's had.
I think objectively speaking, he's the best HC in NFL history, but the game has passed him by and it's clear that he has simply failed to adapt. It's best for both parties to part ways at some point.