The NFL has been constantly changing over the last two decades, but one thing that has stayed the same is the leader of the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick is entering his 23rd season as the team’s head coach, overseeing one of the most dominant stretches any team has had in the history of sports.
Belichick has compiled a record of 254-99 in the regular season, as the Patriots have only two losing seasons during his tenure; 2000, his first season as head coach and 2020, his first without Tom Brady.
New England has appeared in nine Super Bowls during that time, winning six of them. He always has the Patriots competitive no matter the condition that the roster is in, but eventually, the organization is going to have to begin preparing for life after Belichick.
When that point will come is anyone’s guess. Belichick has shown no signs of slowing down as he seems rejuvenated by coaching another young quarterback in Mac Jones. Belichick has been very complimentary of the Alabama product and is expecting bigger and better things from him in his sophomore season.
While he may not coach Jones as long as he coached Brady, he will be there for Jones’ formative years. However, one NFL analyst doesn’t believe that he will be with New England very long.
Colin Cowherd made his bold predictions for the 2022 season and one of them involves Belichick. Cowherd believes this will be the last season Belichick coaches the Patriots and that he will retire at the end of the upcoming season.
That would certainly be a surprise as Belichick looks like he could continue coaching for years. However, he did turn 70 years old this year and is the second oldest head coach in the league behind Pete Carroll.
Bill Belichick’s tenure could certainly be coming to an end sooner than later, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he remained on as head coach well into his 70s. He is a football lifer and will coach as long as he wants to.