New England Patriots

Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (left) hugs head coach Bill Belichick(right) after the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (left) hugs head coach Bill Belichick(right) after the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Next Monday will mark the 25th anniversary of the date Robert Kraft officially bought the New England Patriots. Few people, if any, are more grateful for that purchase than head coach Bill Belichick.

Asked on Friday about his longtime partnership with the Patriots owner, whose overseen one of the most impressive runs of sustained success in sports history thanks to his head coach and quarterback Tom Brady, Belichick remarked that he doesn’t want their 19-year partnership to end any time soon.

“We have a good setup here,” said Belichick. “He’s been very supportive, gives us great opportunity to go out and compete every week. We’ve done that. I hope we can continue it for a long time.”

The last part will invite all kinds of speculation on just how much longer Belichick will coach the Patriots. He’s mostly approached this season like it’s business as usual, certainly in his press conferences. The 66-year-old has barely so much as hinted at an imminent retirement, staying present and keeping the focus off whatever happens next year as he typically does. But that’s also why Belichick’s future in New England remains in a state of perpetual mystery.

Considering how well he has it with his control over the football team – and Brady’s continued high level of play at age 41 – there’s little reason to believe Belichick wants to hang it up in the near future. Depends on your definition of “a long time”.

Either way, it’s important for anyone rooting for the Patriots to enjoy having the best coach in the NFL while they still do.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.