Mike Giardi: Bill Belichick’s future in focus if Patriots lose critical sunday showdown against Jets
During his weekly hour-long segment with Toucher & Rich, Boston Sports Journal’s Mike Giardi was asked about the potential consequences if the New England Patriots were to lose on Sunday. Giardi suggests that the main story would revolve around Bill Belichick’s future as the head coach. He mentions that if the Patriots were to start the season with an 0-3 record, it would be a significant concern, and Robert Kraft might not be pleased. Regardless of the outcome, Mike doesn’t believe Belichick would be fired mid-season and acknowledges that the pressure on Belichick might increase, even though he previously didn’t think Belichick was on the hot seat. Additionally, Giardi suggests that if the Patriots struggle early in the season, they might need to consider their quarterback situation, potentially raising questions about Mac Jones as the starting quarterback.
Rich Shertenlieb: What’s the story if the Patriots lose on Sunday (against the Jets)?
Mike Giardi: Well, I would imagine the story is about Bill Belichick. How much longer does he get to start? Three would be based on the way I think they felt that I know the way they felt about their team. They felt a lot better about their team than the rest of us did based on how they felt about the AFC. I think they felt like there were some opportunities there in the division in particular. So you start 0-3. I mean, that’s unimaginable to them, I think. And I’m sure that the owner would not be pleased to be in that spot. And then like, look, I don’t think he’s getting there, pulling the plug on Bill Belichick in-season. But I think all of a sudden your timeline there sped up because I’m one who didn’t believe that he was on the hot seat. I don’t. I didn’t see that. I know people have talked about it. I thought, you know, essentially if they don’t, if the season didn’t tank and he goes 6-11 or 5-12, that Bill would be back again next year if he wanted to be. But if you start on three, maybe the conversation starts to intensify. And to me, that would be the big story. And then the other part of that is whether it’s fair or not. Mac, are you back in the market for a quarterback? If you start in three, you start those conversations.
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