We are still two weeks away from the end of the 2023 NFL season, but there are already a few head coaching vacancies across the league. The Raiders kicked things off first, firing Josh McDaniels on November 1, followed by the Panthers firing Frank Reich.
The Chargers recently joined the list when they fired Brandon Staley nearly two weeks ago, and we know more teams will be in the mix once the season concludes.
One of those teams could be the Patriots, as speculation has run rampant all season long regarding Bill Belichick's potentially impending firing or trade, an unexpected move that has drawn a divide among New England fans.
There has been a lot of debate about where the accomplished coach would go if he is let go, with the Chargers being at the top of the list since they also need a new general manager.
It has been deemed Belichick's most desirable landing spot, given they have already locked up their quarterback, have a solid receiving corps, and have a good defense, meaning he could just walk in and get going immediately. But the idea of him landing in the AFC West is not sitting well with everyone, including Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
On their "New Heights" podcast last week, the Kelce brothers discussed the possibility of Belichick becoming the Chargers' new head coach. Because that would mean Travis would have to play a team coached by Belichick twice a year, the tight end didn't mince words about not wanting him to sign with Los Angeles.
"Can we get like a young, never-heard-of college coach? I don't want a f--king good coach to come in the f--king my division, dude. Get the f--k out of here. I hope they f--king hire some jabroni, man."
Tell us how you really feel, Travis!
Some may believe that players don't still hold Belichick in high regard due to recency bias, but he has a 50-year career in the NFL to look back on, and the end of the Patriots dynasty wasn't that long ago. So the idea of Belichick landing with a team already loaded with talent would surely instill some fear in Kelce, mainly since the Chiefs have dominated the AFC West for nearly a decade.
Because we don't know what the future holds regarding Belichick's future in New England just yet, this will remain speculation until the team announces a definitive answer.
But even with that in mind, players like Kelce are already shaking in their boots over the possibility of the head coach landing in their division, which is pretty funny to see, considering the number of fans and media who have decided to rewrite his career and conclude he is a washed up has been. Clearly, that is not the shared opinion among most NFL players.
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