Breer has listed a number of factors that seem to hint that Belichick, the man who has presided over arguably the greatest dynasty in American sports, might not be ready to hang up his coaching headset just yet.
It’s fair to say that the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era that the NFL witnessed during the 21st century is hardly likely to ever be repeated again, but that doesn’t mean that Belichick is taking his foot off the pedal just yet.
Writing in an article for Sports Illustrated, Breer claimed that there were five factors that might give people reason to think before they assumed that Belichick was close to giving up any time soon.
Working harder than ever
Perhaps the biggest revelation is that, despite his age, this appears to be the offseason that he is putting in more work, with Breer stating ‘’I had someone there tell me that this offseason he’s actually working more than he has in the recent past, which only speaks to the fact that, to borrow paraphrase an old Levy-ism, there really isn’t any place he’d rather be.’’
It sort of makes you wonder, if he’s working harder than he has been in the past when they ruled the league, just what is the league in for this coming season?
Trying to claim top spot
Breer also points out just how close Belichick with his 321 wins in the regular and postseason, is to passing both George Halas (324) and Don Shula (347) on the all-time list. Breer claims that Belichick could pass Shula in 2024, and if that is indeed the target, then we’ve certainly got to get used to Bill for a little bit longer.
More than just a day job
Two further points that Breer raises regards familiarity, noting that having been in the same place for 22 years and the amount that he has brought to the franchise, that he basically has a free-reign to run things how he wants, so why give that up?
He also noted that with his sons Stephen and Brian working for him, it’s not as if he has to take time away to be with his family, as some of them are already in the building.
Leaving no doubt who is the better man
And finally there’s the ‘Brady factor’. Despite their success together, it has become well-known that the coach-QB combo didn’t always get along swimmingly, and with Brady having shown in Tampa that he can compete without Bill, the onus now falls on the 70-year-old to prove that he didn’t need Tom to help him reach the mountaintop.
How possible is it?
This past year has shown that the Patriots can still be somewhat competitive.
Mac Jones finished as runner-up for the 2021 NFL Rookie of the Year and they even managed to make the playoffs where, despite being mauled by the Buffalo Bills, they at least made a sizeable improvement on their 2020 campaign which saw them finish 7-9.
And with the 2022 draft giving Belichick the chance to make some roster adjustments, there’s always the chance that a Brady-like gem could help give them the platform to become Super Bowl contenders again.