5. Bill Belichick, HC/GM
If the Patriots truly want to start a new era, it's time for Bill Belichick to go.
Yes, he's won six Super Bowls with the Patriots and is the greatest coach in NFL history, but that doesn't erase how disastrous this campaign has been. A lot of the shortcomings have to do with Belichick's questionable decision-making, both when it comes to the coaches he's hired and the roster decisions he's made. Without removing him from the equation, the Pats are destined to repeat the same mistakes.
With rumors that the 71-year-old could be traded this offseason, it truly seems like the end of an era in New England. For as much as he's done with the franchise, the Patriots need a fresh start and that means hiring a coach and general manager with a mind for the current NFL landscape.
While Belichick is far from hated by Patriots fans, there's no denying that his reputation took a hit due to the 2023 campaign. If he's brought back again in 2024 and similar results ensue, chances are the animosity will only increase. For Belichick's legacy in New England, it's best to avoid that.
Hopefully, Belichick has an enjoyable New Year — just not with the Patriots if improving is the goal in 2024.
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