With the appointment of Dan Quinn as head coach of the Washington Commanders, all NFL head coaching positions have been filled.
As the latest coaching cycle concluded, many were taken aback by the absence of former New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick from the coaching roster, especially considering that eight teams underwent coaching changes during this cycle.
One individual particularly surprised by Belichick’s unavailability was his longtime quarterback and future Hall of Famer, Tom Brady.
Speaking on his Let’s Go! podcast recently, Brady expressed his disbelief at Belichick’s lack of employment opportunities.
“I don’t know the criteria for hiring coaches. I’ve never been a part of it. I mean, I’m surprised the greatest coach ever doesn’t have a job, absolutely. But I’m surprised by a lot of things in the NFL,” said Brady. “There’s a lot of things that happen, for one reason or another, that don’t go exactly the way you think they should go,” he added.
Belichick only interviewed with one of the eight teams undergoing coaching changes this offseason—the Atlanta Falcons. Despite meeting with the Falcons twice, the franchise ultimately opted to hire Raheem Morris, who previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams under Sean McVay.
Brady wasn’t alone in his astonishment. Former New England wide receiver Julian Edelman also criticized teams that overlooked the 71-year-old coach, suggesting that they were not prioritizing winning.