It’s no secret the New England Patriots have been on the struggle bus since Tom Brady’s departure.
However, many still believe Bill Belichick can right the ship. Based on the latest rumors though, it appears the future Hall of Fame head coach may be on the hot seat.
Belichick recently claimed he hopes to break Don Shula’s record of most wins by a head coach ever.
But it appears Robert Kraft doesn’t care if Belichick reaches that goal or not. Even if it would be a great career moment for the Patriots’ head coach.
According to the Boston Globe, Kraft states, “Look, I’d like him to break Don Shula’s record, but I’m not looking for any of our players to get great stats. We’re about winning and doing whatever we can to win. That’s what our focus is.”
As the Boston Globe points out, Robert Kraft’s words might just indicate, “Belichick is probably coaching for his job in 2023.”
The Patriots’ glory days may be behind them. But the long-time owner wants to get back on top of the league, sooner, rather than later.
Kraft solidified the rumors of Belichick being on the hot seat by stating, “In the end, this is a business. You either execute and win, or you don’t. That’s where we’re at,” per the Boston Globe.
On top of that, Bill Belichick’s latest statement turned some heads as well. He recently claimed that his past success should be a reason for fans to be optimistic about the upcoming season.
The Patriots’ former linebacker, Teddy Bruschi criticized Belichick’s comments, per Andrew Callahan.
Tedy Bruschi criticizing Belichick on a fairly regular basis is not a square I had on my 2023 #Patriots offseason bingo card. https://t.co/40SKM7aGAh pic.twitter.com/CYKGt1ApIb
— Andrew Callahan (@_AndrewCallahan) March 28, 2023
To make things more interesting, there are other rumors claiming the Patriots may already have a replacement ready in Jerod Mayo.
Could things be falling apart for Bill Belichick? Who knows? But at this point in time, these rumors are backed up by criticism from the team owner.
With that said, maybe we should be keeping a watchful eye on the Patriots this season, as it could be a make-or-break year for Bill Belichick.