Bill Belichick’s future with the New England Patriots has been the subject of recent speculation, given the team’s challenging start to the season at 1-5 heading into Week 7. However, the 71-year-old head coach seems to be more secure in his position than initially believed, as he signed a lucrative multiyear contract extension with the Patriots during the offseason, as reported by NFL Media.
Belichick’s contractual details have always been shrouded in mystery. With no salary cap constraints for the coaching staff, the exact terms of his deal have remained undisclosed, although there has been widespread speculation that he is one of the highest-paid coaches in the league, if not the highest.
Bill Belichick has held the position of the Patriots’ head coach and de facto general manager since 2000. During his tenure, he has played a pivotal role in leading the franchise to all six of its Super Bowl championships and is credited with orchestrating one of the most dominant two-decade runs in NFL history. Belichick stands on the cusp of reaching his 300th regular-season victory, a milestone that would make him only the third head coach in history to achieve such a feat.
Nonetheless, the glow surrounding Belichick’s legacy has dimmed in recent seasons. The Patriots missed the playoffs in two of the last three years, and they are currently one of the league’s struggling teams with a 1-5 record. This represents the worst start to a season in Bill Belichick’s illustrious head-coaching career, characterized by a series of notably uncompetitive games, particularly during their ongoing three-game losing streak where they have been outscored by a combined 73 points.
With the Patriots’ lackluster start this season, calls for a change in head coach from the fanbase have grown louder. Multiple reports have suggested that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is contemplating the possibility of parting ways with Belichick if the team doesn’t turn its fortunes around this season. It is crucial to note that Bill Belichick signed the extension during the offseason, predating this season’s underwhelming performance and the reports of Kraft’s deliberation over Belichick’s future.
Head coaches’ salaries are typically fully guaranteed, meaning that if Kraft decides that the best course of action for the Patriots is to move on from Belichick, he would be obligated to fulfill the terms of the extension agreement reached between the two parties (barring a potential settlement).