Bill Belichick, often hailed as the greatest head coach in NFL history, is facing uncertain times with the New England Patriots. Frustrated by the team’s struggles since Tom Brady’s departure in 2020, the Patriots’ long-time owner, Robert Kraft, has reportedly engaged in discussions regarding the possibility of parting ways with Belichick, as revealed by Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer during an appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”
Breer explained, “These discussions have taken place. I can tell you for sure, Robert hears the criticism, he hears the anger locally, and people in the building know for a fact that he’s hearing the anger from the fanbase.”
He went on to ponder, “I think now we’re at the point where … is this just going to be a flat-out firing?”
Breer’s report follows a revelation by The Athletic on October 11, suggesting that Kraft is not averse to the idea of parting ways with the long-time coach if the fortunes of the now 1-5 Patriots do not improve. Jeff Howe, in his report, noted a difference in perspective, stating, “There’s a school of thought that suggests Bill Belichick has earned the right to go out on his own accord, that the architect of the greatest dynasty in NFL history can coach in New England as long as he chooses. Kraft doesn’t subscribe to it.”
Belichick’s illustrious career is beyond dispute, marked by six Super Bowl victories, an NFL-record 31 playoff wins, and a total of 330 career wins. Few coaches have come close to his reign at the helm of the Patriots, which commenced in 2000. However, since Tom Brady, the future Hall of Fame quarterback, left for the Buccaneers in 2020, New England has not secured a postseason victory and has posted a 25-26 record.
“Kraft likes to remind people he grew up as a Patriots fan during the organization’s darkest days,” writes Howe. “But that doesn’t mean he has the patience to endure more of them. On multiple occasions in recent years, he has lamented the team’s lack of a postseason victory in the post-Brady era. … Kraft has grown frustrated, if not downright angry, over this shortage of success.”
In recent weeks, the situation has been particularly challenging for the Patriots, with a 1-4 start and a significant point differential of 72-3 in their last two games. Their next endeavor is a Week 6 matchup with the Raiders, led by former Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels.