How many wins will it take to save Bill Belichick’s job?
During this morning’s Toucher & Rich radio program, Mike Giardi from Boston Sports Journal feels that the two-year deal signed by Belichick aligns with the idea that Mayo might be the heir apparent. However, there’s still room for doubt.
Giardi suggests that despite their struggles, the team could turn things around in the next three games, emphasizing that the Patriots could win against less formidable opponents and debate the number of wins that could save Bill Belichick’s job. Seven wins seem to be a commonly accepted threshold, but the discussion also raises questions about whether a lower win count could suffice, given certain justifications, like close losses to strong teams. The idea of five wins is introduced, with implications that it could jeopardize Belichick’s tenure highlighting the shifting narrative surrounding the team and the challenges they’ve faced this season, including injuries and the roster composition.
“Mike Giardi from Boston Sports Journal: So, you say that, but in the next three games, and again, I understand. This is not like the old days when you would look at the next three games if Tom Brady was here, or even just three years ago when Mac was a rookie. They had a nice little run, and you would say they’re going to win these three games. But they could win these three games. These games are all against teams like Washington, which isn’t a very good football team.
Fred Toucher: Okay, so what’s considered not a bad record? What’s the threshold for a “not bad” record?
Rich Shertenlieb: Reaching seven wins is likely the benchmark to save his job, yeah.
Fred Toucher: Seven wins, you mean?
Mike Giardi from Boston Sports Journal: Yes, suppose they start at 2-6 and then finish 7-10. How does it look? They could point out that they had a one-possession loss to Philadelphia, a team that might be considered the best in football. They also lost to Miami at home.
Rich Shertenlieb: What about five wins?
Mike Giardi from Boston Sports Journal: Five wins would make it a bit more uncertain for sure. But again, what would be the case?
Fred Toucher: It’s just amusing how this conversation…
Mike Giardi from Boston Sports Journal: Five wins, maybe seven.
Rich Shertenlieb: I don’t care if they light the world on fire during the final three games. If they end up with a record of five and 12, that’s the result.
Mike Giardi from Boston Sports Journal: I would have thought that five and 12 would be the end for him, but now I’m not so sure.
Rich Shertenlieb: Wow. What leads you to think that way? What have you heard from people?
Mike Giardi from Boston Sports Journal: People genuinely believe he’s not doing a bad job with this team. They have only…
Rich Shertenlieb: Assembled this team.
Mike Giardi from Boston Sports Journal: Exactly, and it’s fascinating how the narrative changes. Even the most passionate Pats fan used to think they would have a 10-7 season without a playoff win. Now they believe they can do better, have a real team, and challenge in the AFC East. It hasn’t gone as expected, though. Injuries have been a problem, and despite giving Mack what he needed, it’s not working out as planned.”
the New England Patriots suffered a 31-17 defeat at the hands of the Miami Dolphins. This loss brings the Patriots’ 2023 season record to 2-6 as they reach the midpoint of their campaign.
Mac Jones had a 19-of-29 passing performance for 161 yards, recording two touchdowns and one interception. The interception occurred late in the first half when the Patriots had an opportunity to level the score, proving to be a momentum-shifting moment in a game where both teams were in dire need of points. On the other hand, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 30 of his 45 passes for 326 yards, throwing three touchdowns and one interception. He sealed the victory with a crucial touchdown drive in the late stages of the fourth quarter against the Patriots.
New England set their sights on week 9, when they face the 3-5 Washington Commander, who lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-31.
Nick Gemelli is a Producer for the Toucher and Rich program and contributor for 985thesportshub.com. you can follow Nick at @NickGemelli on Twitter.
NFL Week 8 Winners & Losers
NFL Week 8 was one of the more surprising weeks of the season with some Super Bowl hopefuls losing to lesser opponents and MVP candidates struggling around the league. With a lot of movement around the standings let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers of NFL Week 8.
Winner: New York Jets
The Jets won an ugly game in East Rutherford against the New York Giants 13-10 in overtime. Although the Jets’ offense is still tough to watch and Zach Wilson still looks lost for long stretches of the game, their defense has a case to be considered the best in the league.
The Jets improved to 4-3 and are on the playoff bubble in the AFC. The AFC East is going to be a tough hill to climb with the Dolphins at 6-2 and the Bills at 5-3, but the Jets are just looking to hang around long enough to hopefully get Aaron Rodgers back and be in the mix.
Loser: San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were the biggest losers of the weekend, losing at home to the Cincinnati Bengals. Losing to Joe Burrow and the Bengals wouldn’t normally make a team one of the biggest losers of the weekend but the 49ers have now lost three straight and Brock Purdy has struggled in all three games.
The 49ers early in the season seemed like they were going to walk to the NFC Championship Game and potentially the Super Bowl, but the last three weeks have been a reality check. Purdy has been battling a concussion and probably shouldn’t have played this weekend. Now the 49ers find themselves with more questions than answers at the most important position in sports and will need to figure it out soon as they have a roster built for success this season.