Legendary NFL coach Bill Belichick, an eight-time Super Bowl winner, has parted methods with the New England Patriots, marking an finish to one of the crucial profitable American sporting dynasties.
The 71-year-old spent 24 seasons accountable for the Patriots, guiding them to a document six Super Bowl wins as head coach.
Having been a part of two Lombardi Trophy wins as as defensive coordinator, Belichick established the New England franchise because the league’s dominant crew in partnership with quarterback Tom Brady.
He has tallied the third most wins as a head coach in NFL historical past, and extra playoff victories than another particular person.
Belichick confirmed in a press convention that he and the crew had “mutually agreed to part ways. Respect the way players came to work here on a daily basis. So much respect for all the players.
“I’ll always be a Patriot. I look forward to coming back here. But at this time, we’re going to move on. I’m excited about the future.”
While Patriots owner Robert Kraft added: “What Bill accomplished with us will never be replicated and in the salary cap and free agency era, it makes it more extraordinary.”
Under Belichick’s steering, the Patriots received 17 division titles, together with eleven consecutive AFC East crowns between 2009 and 2019.
The veteran coach has additionally operated because the franchise’s de facto basic supervisor for a lot of his tenure, repeatedly retooling his groups to determine them as perennial contenders.
Belichick has struggled to rebuild after the departure of Brady, although, with uncertainty at quarterback a key difficulty throughout the final 4 seasons.
The Patriots completed this season with a 4-13 document whereas alternating between former first-round decide Mac Jones and back-up Bailey Zappe, ending fourth within the divison and the worst document within the AFC.
They will decide third within the 2024 NFL Draft with a brand new head coach and basic supervisor on the helm.
Belichick, in the meantime, is predicted to hunt one other head teaching job with quite a lot of enticing vacancies both already obtainable or anticipated to return open.
He requires 27 extra victories to surpass Don Shula’s 328 wins and safe the NFL document.