We may be in the middle of the week in a losing Patriots season, but the news and rumors just keep on flowing!
Rumors swirl that Bill Belichick will be replaced if the Patriots lose to the Colts this Sunday
Heading into their big Week 10 matchup with the Colts in their first-ever game in Germany this weekend, there's a lot on the line for the Patriots, even more so for Bill Belichick.
According to the latest rumors regarding the head coach's job security, there is a possibility that he could be relieved of his duties as early as Sunday, especially if the team takes another loss.
Considering the resume Belichick has created since arriving in New England over twenty years ago, it seems exceedingly unlikely that Robert Kraft would actually fire him mid-season like others do regularly, but if swift changes are in order, it's possible that we will see the unimaginable happen. And that is something that the Boston Globe's Ben Volin believes may be the case if the Patriots are unable to get a win on Sunday.
He wrote about his impression in a piece published last week, detailing alleged conversations involving Belichick's job status and the possibility of Kraft making significant moves ASAP.
"Based on my conversations, I don’t think it’s 100% that Belichick finishes out this season. These next two games before the bye are huge, particularly the Germany game, which is practically the team’s Super Bowl for the Krafts. If Belichick loses at home to the Commanders and then to the Colts and comes home from Germany with a 2-8 record, I think there’s a chance the Krafts could make the move in the bye week and install Jerod Mayo as the interim coach for the final seven games."
We know that Volin has a nickname from those on social media, mainly Twitter users, and he has been proven wrong in the past. However, his take aligns with what other reporters and insiders have been saying over the last few weeks.
Most believe it's the perfect time for Kraft to move on from Belichick since the bye week follows their overseas game. It would allow them a week to figure things out and give Jerod Mayo time to prepare for the second half of the season on such short notice.
That certainly makes sense, but it would rule out the Commanders trade theory, which would benefit New England more because they would get something in return for Belichick. So don't rule that out yet, either, at least among the hypothetical routes they could take.