Now that the initial shock regarding Bill Belichick's not landing a new head coaching job for the 2024 season has seemingly passed, insiders and analysts are revealing what they've been hearing since he announced he was leaving the Patriots last month.
Because of his multiple meetings with the Falcons and Arthur Blank, the assumption was Belichick would be moving down to Georgia to try and recreate Tom Brady's success in the NFC South. But once that fizzled out and no other teams had shown interest in setting up an interview, there was a lot of chatter about why teams were passing up on the opportunity to have an accomplished and respected head coach in their building.
But new details suggest other teams were interested, but the decision was made not to move on from their current coach for at least one more season, meaning Belichick will have to wait until 2025 to see if they become available.
Boston Sports Journal's Greg Bedard revealed that the Eagles were one of those teams, especially since they were blown out in the first round of playoffs this year after making it to the Super Bowl in 2022.
The reporter spoke about what he had heard during an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Felger and Mazz" last week, sharing his belief they'll be in on Belichick next year if things don't work out with Nick Sirianni.
"Probably the most interesting thing that I’ve heard — and this is just Senior Bowl rumor mill — is that the Eagles were very interested in Belichick if things didn’t work out with Nick Sirianni and they could be at the front of the line if things again go poorly for [Sirianni] next year."
This is a similar rumor that has been reported regarding the Cowboys, which owner Jerry Jones seemed to confirm when speaking to reporters recently.
If this Eagles rumor is true, though, it would explain why Belichick may be content with waiting another year to find his next job, and Philadelphia would be an excellent place for him to go if he wants to break Don Shula's all-time wins record.
And apparently, those conversations have already taken place, even before he was officially out as the Patriots head coach.
"But I do think— remember, I told you guys that, before the end of the season, teams had already reached out to Bill, back-channeled on Bill. I thought the Falcons were definitely one of them. I’m now pretty convinced that the Eagles were the other one. When things were going south, they thought this might end poorly with Sirianni, and I wouldn’t be surprised given the relationship that Howie and Bill have that the Eagles were one of those teams to back channel through Bill."
It will certainly be interesting to see if any of this comes to fruition for Belichick, especially between the Cowboys and Eagles. Not only could either team put him closer to beating Shula's record, but they could also put him in a position to win another Super Bowl.
Imagine if both Belichick and Brady did that on their own post-Patriots. That would be wild.