After striking out with the Atlanta Falcons, the likelihood of an unemployed Bill Belichick in 2024 has appeared nearly inevitable. The NFL is a more entertaining product with Belichick in it, so that possibility makes for a rather un-intriguing storyline. Fear not, as NFL insider Adam Schefter is turning heads with a new theory, and it would make for some box office storylines.
"The one thing to watch, I think — again, people have just floated it out there, we’ll see — if the Chiefs were able to win the Super Bowl, could — could — Andy Reid walk away? That’s always possible, and I think there are people who believe that Clark Hunt, the Chiefs’ owner, would want a veteran, experienced coach. Who’s more experienced and successful than Bill Belichick?"- Adam Schefter
Reid, who has served as Kansas City's head coach since 2013, will turn 66 in March and ahead of Super Bowl LVIII on Feb. 11, rumors regarding a looming retirement have started to heat up. Reid's Chiefs are making their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years and seeking a third Lombardi Trophy in that span. If those hoist the Lombardi Trophy again, Reid could arrive at a place where he feels content with what he has accomplished in his career, and rightfully so. He would be tied for the third-most Super titles by a head coach and cement the Chiefs as the sport's next dynasty.
Meanwhile, Belichick still hangs onto motivation to keep coaching as he remains 14 wins behind Don Shula for the most wins by an NFL head coach. Kansas City would obviously be a custom-made, win-now situation for Belichick that could incredibly well-position him to pass Shula.
Schefter continued on to paint a (albeit predictable) picture of what a Belichick-Chiefs marriage could look like.
"You say you’ll take care of the defense, [Patrick] Mahomes, you take care of the offense. Pretty good combination there."- Adam Schefter
If Belichick and Mahomes joined forces, he would have coached arguably the two best quarterbacks in NFL history. If Mahomes does indeed win his third Super Bowl at 28, he has a very fair argument to be right there behind Brady as the second-best quarterback of all-time.
Schefter's reporting is usually taken as gospel, but analyst Craig Carton also chimed in, corroborating the insider's theory:
Belichick to Kansas City would ignite a media firestorm: Belichick and Mahomes would be super-villain partnership, he would be in prime position to pass Shula as the all-time winningest coach, and Belichick could add to his Super Bowl title count (and win one without Tom Brady under center).
With the news on Tuesday that highly sought-after Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson will remain in the Motor City, the Washington Commanders and Seattle Seahawks jobs remain open. Belichick and Washington have been loosely linked, but it hasn't picked up any steam in terms of contact between the two parties or an actual interview process.
The Super Bowl never lacks storylines, but add one more fascinating story to follow at the top of that list.
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