New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has confirmed that he will remain in charge of the franchise next season, despite reports of disputes with owner Robert Kraft and star quarterback Tom Brady. Belichick has led the Pats to five Super Bowl Championships since taking control of the team’s football operations in 2000, weathering all kinds of controversy in the process. Yet rumours of behind the scenes rifts have led the 65-year-old to quash any speculation surrounding his future.
There’s no doubting Bill Belichick’s NFL credentials. The three-time Coach of the Year has been at the top of his game for the best part of three decades, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers in sports history. Being a top coach in the modern era requires a deft touch both on the training field and in the press room, and Belichick was forced to choose his words carefully when responding to controversial ESPN article, that suggested Belichick had fallen out with Tom Brady, his trainer Alex Guerrero, and Pats owner Robert Kraft.
When asked if he would remain as head coach next season, Belichick replied: “Absolutely.”
He continued: “I haven’t read the article. I’ve already commented at length about that situation.
“Nothing has happened since then, so I don’t have anything to add to it.
“Right now my interest is trying to do the best I can for our football team to get ready for Saturday night against Tennessee.”
This may seem like a pretty straightforward answer; however, there is almost definitely more to this story than meets the eye.
Firstly, it’s pretty clear that Belichick has indeed read Seth Wickersham’s ESPN article. During his appearance on WEEI earlier this week, the Pats coach was quick to stress that he has a ‘great relationship’ with both Kraft and Brady. He even commented on his positive relationship with Alex Guerrero.
Whether Belichick will decide to leave the Pats at the end of the season is up for debate. It is worth considering however, that it there is a rift at the top of the food chain – Kraft isn’t going anywhere, and Brady is unlikely to jump ship towards the end of his career. Who does that leave?