Despite Bill Belichick’s sole formal interview with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason, there’s speculation that he might have engaged in discussions with another team seeking a new head coach.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, there may have been some form of communication between Belichick and the Washington Commanders before they ultimately hired Dan Quinn.
After parting ways with the New England Patriots, Belichick was widely expected to be a highly sought-after coaching candidate. However, contrary to expectations, he didn’t emerge as the top choice for various reasons.
Although he was the first candidate to undergo two interviews with the Falcons, they ultimately opted for Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank refuted suggestions that Belichick wasn’t hired due to his desire for complete control over personnel decisions.
Fowler mentioned that while Belichick had genuine interest in the Atlanta job, he wasn’t excessively disappointed it didn’t materialize. Instead, he might be keeping an eye on potential openings in marquee franchises next offseason, such as the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and Chicago Bears.
Despite the Commanders’ historical significance in the NFL, uncertainties remain, even with Dan Snyder no longer at the helm. However, with Adam Peters assuming the role of general manager after seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, the organization appears to be heading in a positive direction.
A coaching opportunity with the Commanders would have held sentimental value for Belichick, considering he attended high school in Annapolis, Maryland, and his father served as an assistant coach for Navy’s football team.
Washington faced challenges in securing a head coach, with reports suggesting that Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson was their top choice before he opted to stay put.
The Commanders also extended an offer to Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, who ultimately accepted a position with the Seattle Seahawks after they sweetened their deal.
Dan Quinn, who spent the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, was formally introduced as the Commanders’ head coach on Feb. 3.
With all head coaching positions now filled, Belichick is on track to spend at least one season out of the NFL for the first time since 1974.