If Bill Belichick gets fired, would the coach even have a market as a "free agent?"

Could we be seeing the end of Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots and in the NFL?

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When/if Bill Belichick gets fired, would the coach and GM of the greatest NFL dynasty ever even have a market as a "free agent?" Belichick is surely on his last legs here with the New England Patriots. I think Robert Kraft probably realizes that a big change is needed with this organization. Not only are the Patriots bad, but they might be the worst team in football in 2023.

They have a losing record ever since Tom Brady left following the conclusion of the 2019 NFL season. Now in the fourth year removed from Brady leaving, the roster holes and mistakes that Belichick has made with the personnel and coaching have become more and more obvious. It's clear that Tom Brady was covering up a lot wrong with this team, and the Patriots' lack of success is certainly not doing Belichick any favors.

At this point, could we be seeing the last of Belichick in the NFL as we know it? Well, first of all, I think we can completely cross off Belichick being a GM for another team off the list. His GM tenure is actually kind of poor when you look at his draft history and free agency moves.

He's the de-facto GM for the team and doesn't have a ton of success in this role. I truly don't think any team would consider Belichick for a GM role, so I think that option is already dead. What I do think could be interesting is if he could find another head coaching job depending on the openings available. If I had to guess, all of the following teams would have HC openings this coming offseason:

Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, Washington Commanders, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints. I think there could be a few more, but my thought here is that I don't think a team that has had some form of recent success would entertain Belichick for their HC vacancy. I think a team like the Chicago Bears, for example, who are desperate for good football, something they haven't consistently had for years, would entertain the idea of Belichick as their head coach.

Teams like the Raiders, Commanders, Chargers, and Saints, if they do have HC openings, I don't think would consider Belichick for their vacancy. All of those squads have either had some form of recent success or just don't seem like a logical fit to me. With BB in his 70s, you have to wonder if the coach would just ride off into the sunset and call a lid on his career in the NFL if he is fired from the New England Patriots following the 2023 NFL season.