Bill Belichick has completed interviews to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced Monday. According to NFL media, the former New England Patriots head coach is said to have met directly with team owner Arthur Blank about the job, and while a deal is not imminent, there is mutual interest between the two. , and discussions are said to be ongoing.
Belichick and the Patriots officially parted ways last week after a 24-year tenure that saw the franchise win six Super Bowls. When Belichick became a coaching free agent, the Falcons were one of the teams he initially considered to land, especially since they recently fired Arthur Smith. At the time news of Belichick's departure from Foxboro broke, CBS Sports Read's NFL insider Jonathan Jones even mentioned the Falcons as one of the most logical destinations for the future Hall of Fame coach. .
Although Belichick's time with the Patriots dried up after a 4-13 season in 2023, he remains a strong head coach and will bring effectiveness to any organization he ends up signing with, including the Falcons. . Atlanta has missed the playoffs in each of the past six seasons, coming off a 7-10 season with three consecutive losing seasons.
This spot could be attractive to Belichick because the team has some very talented skill position players, something the coach struggled to develop in New England. With players like Drake Rondon, Kyle Pitts, and Bijan Robinson already on the roster, the offensive ceiling would be even higher. They also have solid parts on the defensive side of the ball, and were a top-10 unit in the league in yards allowed in 2023.
Of course, the big question with this move is what the Falcons will do at quarterback. This season, they started Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke, but neither has proven to be a long-term option for them, meaning they have the No. 8 overall pick in the draft. Enter, become a free agent, or be in the trade market for a signal caller.
In addition to deciding the quarterback position, roster control is another hurdle in determining Belichick's fit in Atlanta. The Falcons hired Terry Fontenot in 2021 and has served as the team's GM for the past three seasons. Does he have final say on the roster? Or will the burden fall on Belichick, who served as the Patriots' de facto GM during his tenure?
The NFC South is also a chance for Belichick to rack up wins as he looks to break the all-time wins record (he currently trails Don Shula with just 14 wins). Considering this division hasn't been the most competitive in recent seasons, Belichick believes his Falcons team could pick up a few wins on his way to getting closer to that record, and it's certainly on this objective. It is also an attractive element for the land.