The New England Patriots are on an unfortunate pace to have a top-three pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, and Robert Kraft simply cannot let Bill Belichick waste that pick. Someone not named Bill Belichick needs to be making the Patriots' first-round pick in 2024, which is likely going to be in the top-five, at least.
Now, to be fair, picking that high gives a team the chance to take a true blue-chip prospect, which are players who are hard to miss, especially if they aren't QBs. Players like Marvin Harrison Jr, Joe Alt, Brock Bowers, or Olu Fashanu all feel like blue-chip picks who would instantly help the Patriots. QBs Caleb Williams and Drake Maye also feel like near-sure things in the NFL, which is insane.
Anyway, Belichick is the HC and GM of the team, which doesn't make him look good. In fact, not only is the team poorly coached, but the roster might be the worst in the NFL. Belichick is the one who has built this roster and bears all of the responsibility for how poor it is in paper and on the field. Another loss puts the Patriots at 2-8 and firmly in the race for the #1 overall pick.
And while you might think "Imagine giving Bill Belichick a top QB" well, my line of thinking is, "Why the heck would you let Belichick make this pick?" I mean, my goodness. This man has turned this team upside down, and at the end of the day, his roster moves over the last few years including several misses in the NFL Draft have been just egregious.
There is nothing to hang your hat on with this roster in 2023, and Belichick has done nothing to prove to Robert Kraft that he should remain in his current holes past this year. What needs to happen, at the very, VERY least, is Belichick being stripped of his GM duties at the end of the season. I can see the argument that he should remain as the HC for the time being, but my goodness, there needs to be an actual General Manager in the front office.
And who knows if that's something Belichick would even agree to? He might not, and might then want to depart on his own terms. I think in any scenario where Belichick is no longer with the franchise, you'll hear the "mutual parting of ways" line. I do think he should be fired, but there is no chance that Robert Kraft would want it to be phrased that way.