While many believe the 24-year relationship between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick will soon end, a new report suggests the decision has already been made.
Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston, via Hayden Bird of Boston.com, said Monday that Kraft had already made the decision to make a change after New England’s Week 10 loss to the Colts in Frankfort.
“When they got out of Germany, the conversations I had this week made it very clear That the decision has been made“They were going to play on the strings, and at the end of the year, there would be a parting of the ways for a number of reasons,” Curran said.
Curran added that parting ways could include a De facto Trade Belichick to a new team. This would explain the decision not to fire Belichick during the season.
Since the 10-6 loss to the Colts, the Patriots lost to the Giants and the Chargers before upsetting the Steelers last Thursday night.
“Just because they won last week in Pittsburgh in primetime, I don’t think that invalidates anything,” Curran said.
One win might not change things, but more wins could – in theory. Any decision is subject to change before implementation. If the Patriots win their last four games (Chiefs, at Broncos, at Bills, Jets), it would likely trigger a reversal. Even a 3-1 win might prompt Kraft to continue the relationship he recently cited, without warning, when explaining on ESPN College game day the The importance of longevity of employment Within his various business interests.
However, the loss in Germany becomes a reasonable turning point, given the importance Kraft attaches to that game.
“This is our 30th year that I’ve had the privilege of owning this team, and I was never 2-7“So it’s really disappointing, and I was hoping things would get a lot better, as I know our fan base was,” Kraft told Rich Eisen before the Colts game. I hope today is an opportunity to reset things and make this year a much better year. “This is not what we expected to happen this year.”
The Patriots are currently 3-10. While 7-10 would still make the season a bust, snapping a five-game winning streak could change the mood heading into the offseason.
Another important consideration is Belichick’s desires. Does he want to stay or is he looking for a new start?
Again, nothing is done until it is done. Whatever the decision, it could still be changed when the dust settles on 2023 Dresdon. At this point, it seems as if keeping Belichick around will take a lot of time — especially if he thinks it’s time to make a change after nearly a quarter-century in the same job.
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