The New England Patriots have been a dumpster fire this season. They have won only 2 of the 11 games so far this season and are almost out of the playoff race. Their head coach Bill Belichick is under tremendous pressure this season as a lot of media pundits are calling for him to be fired. The six-time Super Bowl champion has failed to lead his team to the playoffs since Tom Brady left the team in 2020.
Brady and Belichick were in sync for two decades in New England. They won six Super Bowl titles and participated in 10. However, Brady decided to leave the Patriots in 2020 and joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since then, the Patriots have been to the playoffs only once in three years. Brady on the other hand went on to win another Super Bowl with the Bucs. Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless feels like Belichick’s success was mostly because of Brady.
Bayless said on the latest episode of his show, Undisputed:
What happened in New England was 75% Tom Brady. I believe he's the leader, the playmaker, the driving force of that team. For six Super Bowls they won together, Tom won them with game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. If I just look at the record of Bill Belichick without Tom Brady, it is now 62-81, that includes his time in Cleveland, obviously.
Bayless further continued:
I just think, as I said before all this started, as soon as To Brady walked out the door, I said Bill would get exposed and I believe he is getting exposed. And I believe that Bill has always been one of the best defensive minds in the history of football, but that doesn't make him a great CEO. Maybe at this point, the stage, this age in his career, maybe he needs a change of scenery like Tom needed it.
Brady played three seasons with the Buccaneers before retiring from professional football earlier this year. Belichick and the Patriots have had a couple of losing seasons since Brady’s departure. This might be Belichick’s last season in New England.
Bill Belichick doesn’t see adding a QB from outside the organization for the rest of the season
Bill Belichick has already made multiple in-game QB changes. His starter Mac Jones has been terrible this season and their backup QB Bailey Zappe hasn’t fared much better either. In their loss against the New York Giants last Sunday, Belichick benched Jones in favor of Zappe but that did not make any difference. The legendary head coach talked about his QB situation and whether he feels like looking outside the organization for that position.
Belichick said on Monday:
I don’t really see that right now, but I mean, I wouldn’t rule anything out, anything that would help our team. It’s not really about the quarterback position. It would really be any position. I don’t know. Nobody that comes to mind, but we’ll see.
The Patriots will play their next game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. They still have Mallik Cunningham on the roster. The QB had an impressive preseason this year. It will be interesting to see what Belichick does going forward.