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Bill Belichick leaving the New England Patriots
Boston — After leading the New England Patriots for a record-breaking 24 years, Bill Belichick is stepping down.

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The news that Belichick will not be rejoining the Patriots for the upcoming season was initially broken early on Thursday morning by ESPN and the NFL Network.The reports were later verified by WBZ-TV and Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports NFL Insider.

(Watch the video above to see WBZ-TV’s live coverage of the story, which is currently streaming on CBS News Boston.)
Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick “part ways”
The Patriots formally announced their split on social media, stating, “The Patriots and Bill Belichick have mutually agreed to part ways.”

For the final time as owner and head coach, Belichick and Robert Kraft shared the stage at a jam-packed news conference at Gillette Stadium at noon. Neither answered questions; they both made comments. Reporters are anticipated to meet with Kraft later in the day.

“I haven’t seen this many cameras since we signed (Tim) Tebow,” Belichick said in his opening remarks. Following a number of conversations, Robert and I have decided to split ways.”

This is a day of celebration and thankfulness for me. Robert and his family should come first. So much thanks for the opportunity to be a head coach here for 24 years. What a fantastic opportunity, and I had so much help. We came here with the intention of creating a championship football team, and it far surpassed my expectations and my wildest hopes,” Belichick remarked.

“I’m extremely happy of the achievement we were able to attain together thanks to a lot of hard work and many people’s contributions, and I will always cherish those wonderful memories. I will always have those with me.”

Before leaving the stage with Belichick for the last time as a Patriot, Kraft said a few words and extended an embrace.

Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick share a quick embrace at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, January 11, 2024.

How Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick reached a consensus at the end
Both parties “spent a good part of this week periodically meeting and discussing how each side wanted to proceed,” according to reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss. According to people who were aware of such discussions, there was no dispute or disagreement and, at the end, fruitful negotiations produced a decision that satisfied both parties.

“Belichick, who had one year remaining on his contract, will be allowed to leave the team without the Patriots seeking compensation,” write Schefter and Reiss.

Watch: After losing out on Bill Belichick, what will happen to the Patriots now?

Reiss said, “There’s a surreal feeling down here,” to Steve Burton of WBZ-TV on Thursday morning from Gillette Stadium. On some days, the building feels different when you walk in—almost as if the ground is moving beneath your feet. everything seemed as though this was how everything would end, but you never knew if things may change at the last second.

After the game, Steve, I believe we uttered something along the lines of a Hail Mary. failed to arrive there. I believe that after 24 years, both parties believe that starting again is in their best interests.

The Patriots’ final season under Bill Belichick
For the most of the second half of the season, as the Patriots struggled to recapture momentum and finished 2-10 (their worst record through 12 games since 1992), there have been rumors and reports about this decision. The squad’s 15-game winning streak over Belichick’s former team came to an end in Week 18 when the Patriots lost to the Jets at home, capping a 4-13 season.

The last time the Patriots had a losing season comparable to this one was in 2000, Belichick’s rookie campaign. In that year, Belichick was starting his program, which went on to win nine conference titles and six Super Bowls between 2001 and 2018.

From the time Tom Brady took over as the primary quarterback until his departure via free agency after the 2019 season, the Patriots were, with very few exceptions, consistent challengers for championships.
The record of Bill Belichick sans Tom Brady
However, the Patriots retreated to the middle of the pack in the years that followed, finishing 25–25 from 2020–22 until this season’s collapse. Since Tom Brady left following the 2019 season, New England is 29-38.

Belichick reportedly signed a “lucrative, multi-year” contract prior to the season, according to a story from early in the season; however, a later explanation stated that the term was only valid through the 2024 campaign. Another source claimed that ownership decided to part ways with Belichick following the Patriots’ defeat to the Colts in Germany, which sent them to 2-8.
Over Bill Belichick’s tenure
With 266 regular-season and 30 postseason victories to his name, the 71-year-old Belichick is by far the most successful player in Patriots history. With 52 regular-season wins, Mike Holovak (1961–68) is ranked second, while Raymond Berry (1984–89) is ranked second with three playoff triumphs.

Watch: Reminisce about Bill Belichick’s momentous time leading the New England Patriots.

The most Super Bowl championships ever won by an NFL head coach is Belichick’s six in New England. After Don Shula’s 347 triumphs, he has the second-most wins (347 regular and postseason).

Belichick apparently still has passing Shula as a top priority. For a while, it appeared as though he would easily break the mark as his storied tenure as the Patriots’ coach came to a conclusion.

Now that the Patriots are searching for a new leader for the club, Belichick will have to attempt to break records with a new squad.
Who becomes the Patriots’ new head coach in place of Bill Belichick?
A number of individuals have been brought up, but none more so than Jerod Mayo and Mike Vrabel, two of Belichick’s old teammates.

Vrabel was fired earlier this week by the Tennessee Titans. Mayo has been part of Belichick’s defensive coaching staff since 2019.
Bill Belichick is heading where?
Belichick has stated that he intends to continue coaching, particularly now that he is on pace to surpass Shula’s record for most victories. Here are a few clubs that Belichick might lead in the upcoming campaign.

Players under Bill Belichick respond to his departure
On social media on Thursday, players from the past and present expressed their respects to Belichick. NFL Hall of Famer Richard Seymour praised Belichick “the greatest football mind to ever live” and included a goat emoji in a post on X on Thursday. Tom Brady has not yet responded to requests for comment.

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