According to the Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, every indication he has from within the Patriots organization is that Bill Belichick wants to remain the Patriots’ head coach and defacto general manager for at least five more years. Internally, they believe he wants to coach and win after Brady moves on.
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If you’re a Patriots fan, that should be music to your ears.
The idea of one of the greatest head coaches in the sports 97 year history is still going strong into his mid-60s is a great sign for the immediate future of the Patriots and long-term future as well. At this point, it is almost impossible to know when Tom Brady will retire and if he goes out in his year-40 season and has another spectacular run, that question will get even more impossible to answer. If you were to bet, Bill Belichick will most likely be around longer than Brady but if we have learned anything over the last 17 years its that you never bet against Tom Brady. But that discussion is for another day.
Bill Belichick will turn 65 on April 16th, the 17th anniversary of the Patriots drafting Tom Brady. If he were to coach five more seasons, he would end that fifth season two months shy of his 70th birthday. In the past, Bill Belichick has said he doesn’t see himself coaching into his seventies but that was eight years ago in the midst of the worst stretch for the Patriots since he took over as their head coach. A lot can change in eight years.
Entering his seventeenth year as head coach, and once again on a mission to defend a championship, Bill Belichick looks as energized and focused as ever. This was evident in the days following the Patriots fifth championship.
“As great as today is, in all honesty, we’re five weeks behind 30 teams in the league in preparing for the 2017 season,” said Belichick the morning after the Super Bowl LI defeat of Atlanta. “If you don’t do a good job with your football team in February, March and April, you’re probably going to see that in January,”
And of course there was the “No Days Off!” chant he started at the Patriots’ parade in front of millions of fans in Boston.
The bottom line here is that the Patriots’ organization and their fans are lucky that Bill Belichick is not ready to hang them up. This guarantees that for the next five years, the Patriots will always be in the best position to contend because their leader takes no days off. Even as the second oldest current coach in the NFL, none of his peers comes close to his impact he has on the success of his team. We now can comfortably say this will continue for the foreseeable future.