There’s some surprising Bill Belichick contract news before Patriots-Bills
As the 1-5 New England Patriots get ready to take on the Buffalo Bills, some interesting Bill Belichick contract news dropped on Sunday morning.
The report comes from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who says that Belichick signed a “lucrative multi-year new contract” during the off-season. The news is surprising on a number of fronts.
First, the timing is curious. The Patriots are 1-5 and possibly on the way to 1-7 with games coming up against superior Bills and Dolphins teams. It almost certainly leaked from Belichick’s camp, almost as if he’s Leonardo DiCaprio declaring, “I’m not f***in’ leaving” in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Second, the idea that Patriots owner Robert Kraft would extend Belichick after the 2022 season, in which the offense was a disaster mostly because of Belichick’s own bad decisions. It also goes against the idea that Kraft wouldn’t be against moving on from Belichick, or his publicly expressed disappointment in the team’s recent lack of success.
But at the end of the day, it would’ve been surprising if Belichick went into this season or any season as the proverbial “lame duck” coach – that is, you’re not signed beyond the current season and you’re on the chopping block if we don’t start seeing some results.
Belichick has at least accomplished enough as the Patriots’ head coach that he’s earned the right to play out the 2023 season, and for his eventual departure not to be unceremonious. The question is, does Belichick stay the head coach and de facto GM in 2024, with the same structure in place underneath him, with the season trending in a horrible direction?
It’s hard to believe that would be the case. But it sounds like one way or another, Belichick will remain with the Patriots organization beyond 2023 in some capacity.
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