Albert Breer reveals the ‘real’ news in the Belichick contract story
Albert Breer of The MMQB joins Zolak & Bertrand and tells us the real news that has come out of the Bill Belichick contract report from this week:
“To me, this sort of feels a lot like Brady’s extension in the summer of ’19, where when it came out. It was billed as an extension, but then when you look closer at it, it’s like, oh no, this makes it more likely he’s going to leave, where it made it so they couldn’t franchise him and that the years would void and all that different stuff. So basically that created a highway to free agency for him. You know what the real news is here? The real news here is that Bill’s going into a contract year. That’s the real news, because that’s when you fire a coach.
“The Patriots operate different than most other franchises because they don’t swim in these waters very much. There are a lot of franchises that are going through coaches every three or four or five years. But if you are one of those franchises, the way you generally operate, it’s like where the Chargers are with Brandon Staley now, he signed a four year deal. Well, they feel like they’ve got to make a decision after this year because well, we’re not going to send him into a contract year because that can create problems internally. So we either need to extend him or fire him after this year. That’s generally the way it works with teams. So, the news is that you’re going into a contract year.”
Did Belichick save his job with a win over the Bills?
“I don’t think Sunday changes things unless it leads to something more. ,I think what happened on Sunday was they went to where a lot of us thought they were. We thought like going into the season that they were a middle of the pack AFC team. Whether you thought they were going to get in as the sixth seed or they’re the 10th best team in the conference, I feel like most people had them in that category and that’s what they became on Sunday. They had been one of the worst teams in the league for a few weeks. So is that enough to save him? Well, I think a lot of that’s going to depend on the trajectory of the roster. How many promising young players do you have on there? How many draft picks have turned into something? How do I look at this going forward? Is it a young rising team with a core of players that I can build around? Or is it a team that Bill had to heavily manage to 8-9? There’s a big difference between the two things.”