Bill Belichick’s Future in Question as Patriots Season Unravels
The New England Patriots’ dismal 2023 season has thrown a wrench into the franchise’s longstanding expectations of success, and the future of head coach Bill Belichick is now the subject of intense speculation.
Belichick, a staunch advocate for the “Thanksgiving Day” start of the NFL season, finds his team’s campaign effectively over with a week to spare before the turkey feast. The Patriots’ 2-8 record ranks among the league’s worst, and their bye week will be consumed by soul-searching, particularly regarding a potential quarterback change from the struggling Mac Jones.
Rumors surrounding Belichick’s future with the Patriots, or perhaps another team, seem to surface daily. Discussions about his potential successor are gaining momentum, and the path ahead is shrouded in uncertainty.
The Patriots’ predicament is not unique within the AFC East. The Buffalo Bills, who entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations, now face a greater likelihood of missing the playoffs than returning to the postseason for a fifth consecutive year. This underwhelming performance comes despite boasting one of the NFL’s most talented rosters, led by the elite quarterback Josh Allen.
If Buffalo fails to rectify its course and embark on a deep playoff run, it could signal the end of Sean McDermott’s seven-year tenure as head coach. The Bills’ recent firing of offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey represents a desperation move to salvage the season. If this measure proves ineffective, McDermott could find himself on the chopping block at season’s end, especially considering the Bills’ inability to progress beyond the divisional round under his leadership.
In the wake of Buffalo’s agonizing last-second home loss to the Bills on Monday night, NESN.com’s Mike Cole and Ricky Doyle entertained an almost unthinkable possibility: could Bill Belichick be the next head coach of the Bills?
While it may seem far-fetched, as Mike and Ricky discussed on “The Spread,” NESN’s football picks podcast, the idea is not entirely outlandish. A coach of Belichick’s stature and reputation might be the missing piece that Buffalo needs to finally break through.