Marc Bertrand: Bill Belichick contract leak is him punching back
He’s sick of being in the crosshairs…
Marc Bertrand: Going into the year, if Robert (Kraft) believed that the team is going to be a lot better, as he told us he thought it was going to be a lot better. Right? And we had reason to believe it would be better than last year. If it was going to be a much better year and Mac was going to show tremendous growth and the offense was going to be a lot better and the defense was going to be a top five defense and all those wonderful things people speculated about in the offseason.
Then the team wins 11 games and Bill is now at the end of his contract and they’re a playoff team again and Mac Jones in year three has gone to the playoffs twice in three years. All of that. Bill has tremendous leverage against the team. So what you do is you rip up the deal and you don’t have a lame duck year. Owners don’t like those lame duck years because they never want to be put in that box.
So they say, all right, the price to pay here and then you gauge it. In Robert’s mind going into the year, was it more likely or less likely that Bill would be the Patriots coach in 2024? And in his mind, that had to be… I’m pretty sure Bill is going to do a good job this year. He’s going to be here. We’re not looking to move on from Bill unless things were to be a complete disaster and we don’t think that’s going to happen.
That’s why they do it. It’s like an insurance policy on the coach to make sure he can’t walk out the door after having a great year or he can’t turn around and tell you you’re going to pay me this because, well, my contract’s up and I can say that to you now. Or I look good, I can go somewhere else. It’s just negotiating is what it is. And so that’s why they do it. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t make a decision on their head coach at the end of the year.
It’s not going to prohibit them from doing that and you’re finding this out because of Bill. You’re finding it out because he wanted it out there. And again, opinion. Not reporting that. That’s just opinion. That’s why it’s out there. Why would you do all that you did with propping up Bill O’Brien and getting the offensive line coach in? Oh, by the way, making sure Jerod Mayo goes nowhere. We need you here, Jerod. You can’t leave.
Hardy: You’re going to have to lay it out for me a little bit more. Why Bill would be so dead set on having that out there.
Marc Bertrand: Oh, just because he’s taken a lot of crap and he wants to fight back a little bit because he’s probably human like the rest of us. Who wouldn’t want to punch back in that situation? Taking crap from everybody. I don’t blame him. It’s human.
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