Bill Belichick Out as Coach of New England Patriots, Gives…

The New England Patriots on Thursday confirmed the team is parting ways with legendary coach Bill Belichick after 24 seasons.
The New England Patriots on Thursday confirmed the team is parting ways with legendary coach Bill Belichick after 24 seasons.In a brief statement posted on social media, the team said it “mutually agreed to part ways” with the coach. Further details were not provided, although the statement confirmed earlier reports that he would depart the organization.
Mr. Belichick, 71, helped lead the team to six Super Bowl wins alongside quarterback Tom Brady, who retired last season. Aside from being the head coach, Mr. Belichick also worked as the Patriots general manager who oversaw personnel decisions.
Patriots parting with Bill Belichick, who led team to six Super Bowl wins
“I’ll always be a Patriot,” Mr. Belichick, known for his cutoff hooded sweatshirts and terse statements to sports journalists, said in a news conference on Thursday. “I’ll look forward to coming back here. But at this time, we’re going to move on and I look forward, excited for the future.”

“Players win games in the NFL, and I’ve been very fortunate to coach some of the greatest players who have ever played,” he added. “I respect the way players come to work here on a daily basis—all of them, and I’ve coached well over 1,000.

“Certainly, we’ve had many that have been here for a long time and had great contributions. Too many to name at this time, but great thanks to the players.”

owner added.

“What Bill accomplished, in my opinion, will never be duplicated,” Mr. Kraft said. “I’m very proud that our partnership lasted for 24 years,” he added. “Bill has taught me a lot over those years, and we had high expectations for what we could achieve together. I think we were the only ones who had those expectations, and I think it’s safe to say we exceeded them.”

While he enjoyed lasting and consistent success over the decades, the Patriots failed to make the playoffs twice after Mr. Brady’s departure from the team several years ago. And for the 2023–24 season, the Patriots posted a dismal 4–13 record and were last in the AFC.

Earlier this week, Mr. Kraft told ESPN he was “really disappointed” with the team’s performance this season. “I had hoped things would be a lot better,” he added.
In his farewell press conference, Mr. Belichick didn’t reveal his future plans or if he will retire from coaching altogether. According to betting website DraftKings, he’s now favored to either stop coaching or is favored take the head coaching job with the Atlanta Falcons after the team fired coach Arthur Smith this week.

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