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How Bill Belichick Can Solidify His Legacy As The Greatest Coach Ever

Bill Belichick will undoubtedly be considered the greatest coach of all time when his career ends. Despite that, Belichick has struggled to rebuild the Patriots since Tom Brady's departure and fans have concluded that Brady was a bigger reason for the success in New England.

Brady joined the Buccaneers and won a Super Bowl within 12 months. Not a good look for Belichick, but it's much easier to join a good team and win than to have a rebuild a team from scratch. Patriots' fans are ready to move on, so why doesn't Belichick just do what Brady did? Go to a team built to win now.

Unlike Brady, Belichick isn't a free agent and doesn't necessarily have his pick of the litter. Nonetheless, it seems there is still mutual respect between him and the Krafts, so they could look at trading him. Trading head coaches is so rare in any sport, but the second Kraft picks up the phone, teams in questionable situations will be chomping at the bit to bring him in.

Bill Belichick's Potential Suitors

The first piece of criteria would be a situation with an established quarterback. Most of those teams are typically successful enough not to move on from their current head coach. The Washington Commanders were rumored to covet Belichick, but after trading multiple young pieces and not having a certain franchise quarterback, it doesn't seem like a desirable place.

Two places that have franchise quarterbacks with some concerns over their head coaches are the Los Angeles Chargers and the Cleveland Browns. These are two teams with plenty of talent on both sides of the ball but have had some stretches of very inconsistent play. Whether or not the owners would be willing to move on from their current coach will be determined by the way this season plays out, but as aforementioned, there is still plenty of respect for Belichick as a coach.

Going to a team unprepared to win now could be detrimental to Belichick's legacy. If he were to join a team like the Commanders, it could expose him more than he already has been without Brady. Finding the perfect situation will be difficult for a multitude of reasons, but that's what he'll need to do if he wants a chance at a Super Bowl. Brady walked into a picture-perfect situation in Tampa Bay and he took that team over the top.

Time To Move On

It seems like the consensus in New England is that it's simply time for the Patriots to part ways with the long-time head coach before it gets any uglier. He's won six Super Bowls, raising the franchise to higher expectations and leaving it in a much better place than he found it. It makes sense for him to take his grunts and groans elsewhere and take advantage of a well-constructed team.

He deserves a chance to coach a talented group before retiring, and he might have the chance to do that in another city. He's also not a guy that's ready for retirement, as he's stated many times. If the Patriots are ready to move on, he'll certainly land on his feet.


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