For the first time since the 1999 NFL season, the New England Patriots won't have Bill Belichick leading the charge from the sidelines during games. Belichick and the Patriots mutually agreed to part ways this offseason after 24 years together.
Belichick reportedly only interviewed with one team, the Atlanta Falcons, during this head coaching cycle but the Falcons went in a different direction and hired Raheem Morris. It was a bit of a surprising move considering Belichick's resumé but a report from Albert Breer indicated that the Falcons didn't want Belichick to have an executive role.
Tom Brady, the longtime Patriots quarterback, has been quiet on the Belichick situation but he finally spoke about it on his "Let's Go!" podcast.
"“I don’t know the criteria for hiring coaches. I’ve never been a part of it. I mean, I’m surprised the greatest coach ever doesn’t have a job, absolutely. But I’m surprised by a lot of things in the NFL,” said Brady.- From Karl Rasmussen's article
“There’s a lot of things that happen, for one reason or another, that don’t go exactly the way you think they should go,” he added."
Tom Brady is surprised that teams passed on hiring Bill Belichick.
Brady and Belichick won six Super Bowls together and appeared in nine together in total. The two have a lot of history so it's not a shock that Belichick's former quarterback is stunned that he's without a head coaching job this cycle.
While Belichick has quite the resumé as an NFL head coach, it's not crazy that a team wouldn't want to hire him. As Breer's report indicated, Belichick wanting executive powers was a turn off. Belichick is also set to turn 72 years old this April.
Lastly, despite the success Belichick had for the first 20 years of his career, once Brady left following the 2019 season, the Patriots weren't the same threat they had been for the previous two decades. In four seasons without Brady as his quarterback, the Patriots only had one winning season. This past season was particularly rough for the Pats, as they won just four games and were the third-worst team in the league.