On Thursday morning, the Patriots shocked the world when they announced that the team and Bill Belichick would be parting ways this offseason. It's an unprecedented move by Robert Kraft despite the countless rumors that have flown around throughout the 2023 season.
Now, the decision is final. It seemed like a possible compromise in the works since Belichick seemingly revealed he would be willing to forfeit his general manager duties to remain the head coach. But that doesn't appear to have been enough to keep him around.
There are a lot of questions left to be answered, and we should gain clarity on some of them this afternoon. Belichick and Kraft are set to hold a press conference at noon Eastern to address the fans and media about the decision.
You can watch via the Patriots social media pages or on their team website.
How the press conference will be conducted will be interesting, to say the least. This is the first time in 24 years New England has had a change at head coach, and the last time was quite dramatic. The fallout of Belichick with the Jets into becoming the Patriots coach was an iconic moment in the franchise's history, but that doesn't look like what will happen today.
How much will they answer?
Will they reveal the reason for the decision?
Could Belichick be making the move to coach somewhere else next season?
There's a lot to figure out, and Patriots fans will be clamoring for the answers. Hopefully, they'll be more willing to provide them than they typically are, as this isn't the time to brush over the truth or give bland responses. This is a monumental moment for the team and the NFL, and even though many believed this would happen, many fans aren't thrilled with the decision.
So basically, this presser can't come soon enough.