Bill Belichick finds himself in a precarious position, firmly perched on the hot seat.
Reports before the season hinted that Robert Kraft might consider severing ties with Bill Belichick if the New England Patriots failed to make significant progress in 2023.
With a 1-3 record and a recent lopsided loss, it’s painfully evident that New England is still far from being a contender.
We can’t lay blame on Belichick’s defense, which is grappling with a slew of injuries in the secondary.
However, the decision to entrust the 2022 season to Matt Patricia as the offensive coordinator and the failure to assemble a stronger team around Mac Jones both serve as damning marks on Belichick’s recent track record. Consequently, it would not come as a shock if Belichick and the Patriots were to amicably part ways in 2024.
Sunday’s defeat marked the most devastating loss in the history of a team coached by Bill Belichick.
Here’s a look at the 10 worst losses of Belichick’s career before Sunday night, according to Stathead:
|Patriots||Sept. 7, 2003||Bills||-31||31-0|
|Patriots||Jan. 15, 2022 (playoffs)||Bills||-30||47-17|
|Patriots||Dec. 28, 2020||Bills||-29||38-9|
|Patriots||Oct. 25, 2020||49ers||-27||33-6|
|Patriots||Sept. 29, 2014||Chiefs||-27||41-14|
|Browns||Nov. 5, 1995||Oilers||-27||37-10|
|Patriots||Sept. 21, 2008||Dolphins||-25||38-13|
|Patriots||Nov. 23, 2000||Lions||-25||34-9|
|Browns||Oct. 13, 1991||Redskins||-25||42-17|
|Patriots||Nov. 11, 2018||Titans||-24||34-10|
Last season, we witnessed the dismissal of five NFL coaches, which included the surprising departure of two coaches in their debut seasons with their respective teams.
NFL coach hot seat rankings
- Matt Eberflus, Chicago Bears
- Josh McDaniels, Las Vegas Raiders
- Brandon Staley, Los Angeles Chargers
- Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
- Ron Rivera, Washington Commanders
- Dennis Allen, New Orleans Saints
- Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
In an industry on the verge of reaching a staggering $20 billion in annual revenue, underwhelming performance translates to reduced profits for teams, prompting team owners to implement changes.
Perhaps it’s time for the Patriots to consider retiring Bill Belichick.