Bill Belichick plans to return for a 24th season as the Patriots’ head coach
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick, the longtime NFL coach who turns 71 in April, said Monday he plans to return for his 24th season. New England Patriots coach in 2023.
After announcing his intention to return, Belichick said of the Patriots’ 8-9 season: “Nobody’s happy with that. That’s not our goal. We’ve got to get better at that. So we’re all accountable everywhere, starting with me, the coaches, the players, each unit. Those are all things that we’re going to work on, and that process will probably start later today.”
Belichick said that will include a standard operating procedure meeting with owner Robert Kraft, who said in March he was unhappy the franchise hadn’t won a playoff game since Super Bowl LIII. Los Angeles Rams February 3, 2019.
Belichick has 329 wins as a coach (including playoffs), second only to Don Shula (347) in NFL history.
Belichick fielded a series of questions during a Monday morning video conference call, many of them about the team’s offense, which has seen a dramatic decline in 2022.
When asked if he anticipates Mac Jones As the team’s starting quarterback in 2023, or whether he has to reevaluate the position in the offseason, Belichick said, “I think Mac has the ability to play quarterback in this league. We all have to work together to try to find the best path. — football team as, obviously, the quarterback position which is important — to be more productive than we were this year.”
Jones was 288-for-442 for 2,997 yards (65.2%) this season with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was sacked 34 times for 231 yards.
As a rookie in 2021, when he was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate, Jones was 352-for-521 for 3,801 yards (67.6%), with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He was sacked 28 times for 241 yards.
Jones’ drop mirrored how Belichick’s long-touted offensive stat category cracked in every category, specifically red zone (down from 11th to 32nd), third downs (10th to 27th) and touchdowns scored. 48 last season 31 this season).
That’s why Belichick was asked repeatedly Monday morning about his offensive coaching decisions; After Josh McDaniels moved on to become coordinator Las Vegas Raiders After last season as head coach, Belichick turned to veteran coaches Matt Patricia and Joe Judge to lead the offensive staff, despite their coaching backgrounds on defense and special teams, respectively.
Belichick defended his decisions — he previously believed that a good coach can be successful in any role — but left open the possibility that there could be a change in 2023.
“All the decisions we have taken have always been with the intention of doing the best for the football team. It has always been like that, and it will be like that in the future,” he said. “At different decision points, you have different options. We’ll continue to evaluate them as they go forward, or as they come.”
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