Saddened NFL fans react to Bill Belichick's departure as Patriots coach

New England will have a new head coach for the first time since 2000.

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What an insane week football fans have had. First, Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks are parting ways. Second, Nick Saban announced he was retiring from coaching football at the University of Alabama. And third, and most importantly, we learned on Thursday that Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots will be moving in different directions.

Belichick leaving the Patriots appears to be mostly mutual. Belichick did say in a press conference earlier in the week that he was still under contract for 2024 with New England. This seemingly implies that Belichick's no longer being the Patriots head coach is not all his decision.

Belichick could easily end up coaching again in the NFL. He has won six Super Bowls, of course, and why would a team that needs a head coach turn Belichick away? Sure, he is not young, but he can still coach and lead a team to victories. That's all NFL owners truly want.

Fans react to the news of Bill Belichick leaving the New England Patriots

NFL fans have already voiced lots of different reactions on social media about Belichick's departure. Some are funny, some are thoughtful, but each appears appreciative. Here is just a smaple.

Schefter and Reiss were two of the first to report the news. Pretty straight forward stuff.

Belichick's press conference were legendary. One was never really sure what he might say.

This one will just make you laugh. Classic.

Belichick smiling? That is worth the tweet alone. The rest of the story is priceless.

This pretty much sums up what lots of Patriots fans are thinking. Belichick wasn't always the easiest person to love, but we always knew he wanted what was best for the team. And there is little doubt he is arguably the greatest coach in the history of the NFL. Those six Super Bowl wins might make for the best argument.

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