Is this going to be it for Bill Belichick?
Paul Perillo of Patriots.com joins Felger and Mazz every Wednesday during the New England Patriots season. This week, Perillo was asked about Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick and what he thinks the future of Belichick is.
Could this be it for Bill Belichick?
Felger: Where do you think we are with Bill Belichick?
Paul Perillo: You know, that’s one’s a little bit tougher for me because of the track record and because of all the winning. But I think if you’re asking me today, just my opinion, and this is not, don’t start, no apple watch for you, you know, the “high ranking member of the organization says”, but if you’re asking me, I feel like this is going to be it for Bill. I think it’s going to it’s going to end at the end of the season. They’ll make some sort of announcement. You know, I think Gary Myers had an interesting piece over the weekend that sounds right to me, kind of a mutual parting of the ways, try to save face on both sides, something like that. I kind of hope it’s something like that so it’s not ugly and we don’t have to deal with the kind of fallout from that. But I think this will be it for Bill here. I don’t know about his career.
Felger: Where do think it’s all gone wrong?
Paul Perillo: It’s a good question. But I mean, I think the number one thing I would point to is they just drafted so poorly consistently over the last 8 to 10 years and I think that’s where they really did a great job throughout the 2000s of identifying what they were going to lose a year or two before they were going to lose it, and then drafting and developing someone to replace them. It was always like Nate Solder the year before Matt Light was going to retire, you know, stuff like that as an example. And I just think they’ve had too many misses. Look at those second round defensive backs. The Duke Dawsons, Joejuan Williams, Cyrus Jones, Jordan Richards. I mean, one after another second round picks. Second round picks should be players for you. And not only they’ve missed on so many of those picks, but the ones that have been okay they haven’t been able to retain. So no one’s getting a second contract. There’s no sort of solid middle of that roster anymore. It’s either veteran free agents like Matthew Judon that have worked, Hunter Henry, you know, that have worked or just young, unproven guys that you don’t have any idea about. There’s nothing that they can rely on to sort of prop it all up in the middle.