The New England Patriots are officially out of the playoff hunt after going 3-10 over the first 14 weeks of the season. As a result, now the attention is fully on the offseason, which should feature a number of major changes to get this struggling team back on track.
The shakeups could start at the top, with rumors head coach Bill Belichick may have already lost his job and owner Robert Kraft is just waiting for the year to end to move on.
Belichick was asked about this report at his Wednesday press conference, and he responded in typical fashion.
Patriots News: Belichick Has Classic Response to Job Security Rumors
The 71-year-old didn't take the bait, instead just focusing on the game ahead. He said he's simply "getting ready for Kansas City" and didn't discuss his murky job security directly.
It's always tough to draw big conclusions from Belichick's non-answers since he's given them his whole career. His lack of rebuttal to the report could indicate he's already thrown the towel in, but he's also not the type to have strong opinions on news that comes from outside of the building. So, his comments at his presser aren't much to work off of.
Regardless, the buzz around New England moving on from Belichick is hard to ignore. This kind of franchise-changing decision has been brewing since Tom Brady's departure as the team has failed to recapture its glory days.
The 2023 campaign has dragged all of Belichick's weaknesses as both a coach and personnel evaluator into the spotlight, though, which has led to his uncertain future with the Patriots.
There's sure to be even more on the Pats' head-coaching situation in the coming days as the regular season draws to a close. For now, all fans can do is dream of potential replacements in case Belichick is shown the door this offseason.
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