When contemplating what the future may hold for Bill Belichick in New England, most agreed with one suggested scenario to keep the legendary coach with the team he's dedicated so much of his life to, giving up his title as general manager.
Although it seemed like a simple move, there was a widespread belief he would be unwilling to do so, given how long he's had complete control of the personnel.
But that doesn't appear to be the case. Belichick told the media early Monday morning that he would be willing to do "whatever collectively we decide as an organization is the best thing to help our football team."
His comments are very much in line with what he has always said during his tenure in New England, and it appears that he's sticking with that mentality as he faces career uncertainty. It's a significant admittance heading into his end-of-the-season meeting with Robert Kraft, which the media felt would likely be a contentious conversation given the circumstances.
However, Belichick is an intelligent man, and it's hard to imagine he doesn't understand the position that he's in. He's well aware more than anyone of the struggles the team has faced over the last four years, and although he may have contributed to most of them due to his questionable personnel and roster decisions, he's not blind to the fact that the team hasn't been good.
Declaring his willingness to forfeit the GM title to the media before meeting with Kraft also shows how serious he is about remaining with the team. Based on his answers, it was clear that he had every intention of continuing to coach, and it sounded like he planned for it to be in Foxboro.
Whether or not that happens will likely take some time to be decided, but it seems like Belichick and Kraft are more open and willing to discuss all possibilities for the 2024 season, something the media speculated wouldn't be an option.