Felger & Mazz: If the Patriots move on from Belichick at season’s end, do it quick
The New England Patriots have fallen to 2-8 in the 2023 season and it feels like Bill Belichick’s future in New England could be coming to a close. On Monday’s Felger and Mazz, the guys gave their thoughts on the future of Belichick in New England and the possibility of him being replaced.
If the Patriots move on from Bill Belichick in the offseason, don’t waste time doing it…
Mazz: Look, if you don’t want to do anything now, don’t do anything now. I’ve got no problem with that part of it. End of the year…push the button one way or the other. And call it whatever you want. You want to say it’s a “mutual parting of ways“, or “we’ve traded Bill Belichick”, or “Bill has agreed to this”, or call it whatever you want. It doesn’t have to be a firing. I don’t care.
Felger: Okay. However, I’m going to give you a however. Finish….
Mazz: But move on.
Felger: Okay, and I agree….Don’t get hung up haggling for an extra draft pick or something. Like I would put that on the list of cutting corners. I would put that on the list of this, what’s the expression, “pound wise, penny foolish”?
Mazz: Penny Wise, pound foolish”
Felger: So like, what does that mean exactly.
Mazz: It means that you’re watching pennies and then missing the bigger picture.
Felger: So, what happens after the year is that there’s a mad dash for the coaches and the GM’s and the staffs. It’s not a long game process. It doesn’t take a long time. The teams that have missed the playoffs and are changing coaches go out and again “Black Monday” comes the Monday after the season ends. All the guys get fired and all the interviews start and then those guys start assembling their staffs and all these assistant coaches who are looking for jobs are available start picking sides. And this all happens like quick. It goes. And so if Kraft is sitting there waiting for the best offer for Belichick, or haggling with teams over draft picks, or playing this game where “I’m not going to fire you because I want a draft pick in return” and some other team is sitting out there saying, “Well, why would I trade you a draft pick when you’re going to fire him” and Kraft says, “Well, I’m not going to fire him”, and now you’re sitting here with Bill Belichick for a couple of months because you’re playing this game of chicken because you want a first instead of a second or a second instead of a third or whatever, and now staffs have been picked all over the place and coaches are gone, like that would piss me off. Don’t worry about your return for Bill Belichick. Do whatever you can to get the best staff in here possible. Coaching wise, general maanger wise, the whole thing. And so I can already feel myself getting agitated about this as I know these guys are posturing each other about, “oh I’m not fired”, “you’re not quitting, I fired you”. And it’s like, don’t play that game.