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Bill Belichick is reportedly the favorite to become the Falcons' new head coach
Since the announcement of Bill Belichick's departure from the Patriots after 24 years, the NFL world cannot stop obsessing over where he will be coaching for the 2024 season. Of the handful of vacancies he could fill at the moment, the current assumption is he will likely just move south to become the Falcons' next head coach.
Although it doesn't seem like the ideal team to go to since they don't have a quarterback or the best offense in the league, he has already interviewed with Arthur Blank this past week, and according to NFL insider Dan Graziano, he has quickly become the favorite to land in Atlanta.
"I think he is the clear favorite here unless another job opens that has a quarterback already in place and offers him a chance to win those 15 games he needs to pass Don Shula in short order. Atlanta has already interviewed Belichick."
Belichick is the sixth candidate to interview for the position. Since then, the Falcons have also spoken to Jim Harbaugh, who hopes to triumphantly return to the NFL after a successful career at Michigan.
So, the former Patriots coach will have some stiff competition, mainly due to the other candidate's ages and potential coaching differences. But it does seem kind of funny even to interview a guy like Belichick when he's dominated the league for the last twenty years. And Atlanta knows that quite well, considering their heartbreaking loss in Super Bowl LI.
It will be interesting to see if any other coaching jobs open up by the end of the postseason that would be more enticing for Belichick, who is presumably hoping to pass Don Shula's all-time winning record before he retires. We now know the Cowboys will not be one of those teams, but rumors have been flying about the Eagles and Steelers, so we'll have to wait to hear about that for the time being.