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Bill Belichick still wants to be the Patriots head coach next season
Within the constant debate about whether the Patriots should fire or retain Bill Belichick comes the idea of the longtime head coach making the decision himself. Some say that based on his back-to-back failed seasons and his general demeanor, it looks like he doesn't even want to be in New England anymore.
It's an assumption that lines up with the several rumors that have flooded out this past year alleging the relationship between Belichick and Robert Kraft has deteriorated to the point of the team's owner becoming "increasingly annoyed" with him this season.
On the other hand, Belichick's overall attitude hasn't altered compared to his behavior throughout his 20+ years as the Patriots' head coach. So, in most ways, it seems those seeing anything different are grasping at straws.
And now that assumption is coming into question even more, as the Boston Globe's Ben Volin reports Belichick is still all-in with the team and doesn't want to leave if given the choice. The problem is, it may not be up to him whether he stays or goes.
"I’m told Belichick doesn’t want to leave New England. But he doesn’t control his fate. Kraft does."
This obviously won't settle this constant debate, especially for those who have already decided they want to see Belichick on a different team next year or just retire. But it may provide some context about why the players continue publicly showing their support for the coach and maybe even some of the more questionable game-time decisions he's made throughout the season.
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