Coach Bill Belichick is done with New England.
Belichick has been the head coach of the New England Patriots since 2000, winning six Super Bowls, including a 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
However, the Pats have only won one game and qualified for the playoffs once in the four seasons since Tom Brady left the team, including 4 wins and 13 losses this season, and with that comes Belichick's departure. become.
Will he coach again? If the answer is yes, then where? These are the questions on everyone's mind.
DraftKings Sportsbook released odds on Belichick's next move, and we took a lot of notice of it.
After the Cowboys' disappointing loss to the Packers in the wild-card round on Sunday, opening odds changed amid speculation that Mike McCarthy would take over in Dallas.
The Cowboys are not yet officially listed as an option for Belichick in DraftKings' sportsbook, but the “other NFL team” option, which by definition includes the Cowboys, has jumped to the new favorite.
Bill Belichick's next destination odds (Week 1 of the 2024 NFL season):*
Not the head coach of an NFL team in Week 1: +125 (Way $10 to win $22.50 total)
Atlanta Falcons: +250 (bet $10 to win $35 total)
Los Angeles Chargers: +450 (bet $10 to win $55 total)
Washington Commanders: +600 (bet $10 to win $70 total)
Other NFL teams: +600 (stake $10 and win $70 total)
Tennessee Titans: +850 (bet $10 to win $95 total)
Carolina Panthers: +2000 (bet $10 and win $210 total)
New York Giants: +2500 (bet $10 and win $260 total)
New Orleans Saints: +3000 (bet $10 and win $310 total)
New York Jets: +5000 (bet $10 and win $510 total)
* Odds as of January 16, 2024
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In a column after Sunday's loss to Dallas, FOX Sports NFC East correspondent Ralph Vacchiano explained why Belichick thinks the Cowboys are desirable.
“At 71, Belichick is chasing another ring. He's also chasing Don Shula's all-time manager's wins record, even though his four years in New England post-Tom Brady weren't great. No one doubts his ability to coach a championship team…and don't overlook this fact: Belichick's old boss, Bill Parcells, worked for Jones from 2003 to 2006. I loved it. He was raving about Jones as a boss at a time when no one thought Jones was any good. If you're looking for a championship-ready team that's in a good situation, you can bet Parcells will head to Dallas. ”
Meanwhile, legendary former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin endorsed Belichick as the Cowboys' head coach on Monday's episode of “Undisputed.”
“I want discipline,” Irvin said. “You can say what you want to say. [former Cowboys head coach and current FOX NFL analyst] jimmy [Johnson], Jimmy believed in discipline. Yeah, we played the game a certain way, but, well, Jimmy believed in strict discipline. And that's what the Cowboys need. This is not a skill issue. Do I believe the Dallas Cowboys have enough talented players to go further into the playoffs and arguably finish better than this? Absolutely.
“I heard people talking about Belichick. At first I was like, 'No, that's not true, it's not going to work here.' “But after last night, everything changed. Getting Belichick. “But I still want a head coach who is innovative and has an offensive mindset.”
But the Falcons still make a lot of plays. Few people know more about Belichick than FOX Sports NFL studio analyst Rob Gronkowski, who was the Patriots' star tight end.
“He's going to come back with a vengeance,” Gronkowski said. “And I'm hearing on the street that the Atlanta Falcons are keen on acquiring Coach Belichick.”
These rumors may officially be true, as the Falcons organization has announced that they have indeed interviewed Belichick.
FOX Sports' AFC East reporter Henry McKenna took on the task of explaining Belichick's successful but complicated tenure with the Patriots and former quarterback Tom Brady.
“In hindsight, it's clear that Brady deserves more credit for the success of his dynasty era, but for (as a GM) getting the right guys and (as a GM) getting those players on the field. If anything, Brady's influence shows that Belichick isn't unimportant. No, it just goes to show that great players, especially great quarterbacks, are more valuable than the NFL's greatest coaches. Brady's influence has been greater than Belichick expected, and I think that's truer than ever, including when Belichick took over in 2000, that this is a player's game. ”
If Belichick wants to continue coaching, many teams will likely have to inquire about the man many consider to be the greatest coach in the history of football.
But as McKenna pointed out, Belichick would be putting his legacy on the line if he were to take the head coaching job again.
“Belichick is 71 years old, but I believe he will coach again, even if it means being on TV for a year.'' I think he wants to get there and get to the Super Bowl again.'' What he really needs is a few winning seasons so the NFL forgets about the four that sank the Patriots. Only.
“This next step will go a long way in removing all the ifs and buts from his legacy. If Belichick pivots to another franchise, he will remove complexity from his legacy. If he sinks another franchise, well, his legacy will be gone. It will only get worse. ”
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