A day that some Patriots fans hoped would never happen occurred on Thursday morning. The Patriots announced that they were parting ways with legendary head coach Bill Belichick after 24 years together. The news is heartbreaking and sad, considering the Patriots' historic run is now over and will make way for a new era.
The silver lining in all of this is that it's actually a move that needs to be made, and in hindsight, people will grow to realize that it is one of the best moves of Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s career.
The decision to part ways with Belichick comes arguably two or three years too late, depending on how you want to look at it. The Patriots have had losing seasons in three of the last four years, and their lone playoff appearance was a blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills. The franchise has gone in the wrong direction, leading to what will be a complete teardown and rebuild.
Kraft made the right decision to part ways with Belichick because it is the best way to jumpstart a new era. The Patriots need a new regime that can come in and unbiasedly evaluate what the roster needs, especially at the quarterback position. The luxury of having a new general manager will be huge for the Patriots and their ability to get back into contention.
All good things must come to an end in life, and it felt like there was no better time to rip the bandaid off than now. The Patriots brand as a whole needs to be reshaped, and a new era will have to take over. Although it's hard to fathom Belichick not being on the sidelines, there should be excitement for a new regime to take over in Foxborough.
Kraft deserves credit and respect for making the tough and correct decision to move on from the greatest coach in NFL history.