Falcons' Bill Belichick Pursuit Takes Shocking Turn

After it looked like Bill Belichick coaching the Atlanta Falcons next season was a foregone conclusion, one NFL insider reports that might no longer be the case for the former New England Patriots head coach.

Bill Belichick coaching the Atlanta Falcons next season doesn't appear to be all that likely for the time being.
Bill Belichick coaching the Atlanta Falcons next season doesn't appear to be all that likely for the time being. / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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After spending the last two decades with the New England Patriots, fans are wondering what's the next stop for Bill Belichick's head coaching career. The Atlanta Falcons have emerged as one of the top suitors after securing two interviews with the 71-year-old legend, however, it turns out that might not mean as much as some assume.

The Athletic's Josh Kendall reports that "the Belichick candidacy has lost momentum in the past week" in Atlanta. That's quite the shocking turn given that it seemed like it was going to be "Belichick or bust" for the Falcons this offseason.

Patriots News: Belichick to Falcons has "Lost Momentum"

It'll be interesting to see what the next steps of the Falcons' head coach search takes. Even though Atlanta has interviewed candidates beyond Belichick, the general feeling around the league was that the franchise was only "wading through all the NFL’s bureaucracy" before ultimately hiring the ex-Patriots HC.

Having said that, Belichick supporters might have to wait even longer before the Falcons announce who the next head coach will be.

"More interviews (and maybe even more names) will be announced as the week goes on. So it’s going to be a busy and ultimately unsatisfying week for Falcons fans who are following this search closely."

Josh Kendall on Falcons' HC Search

If it was any other offseason, the Falcons would've likely hired Belichick already, however, this winter is a bit different. You can argue that it's been a long time since the NFL had these many quality head coaches available, ranging from Michigan's Jim Harbaugh to the recently-fired Mike Vrabel and everyone in between.

In other words, it makes sense that Atlanta wants to do as much due diligence as possible before making a decision.

Time will tell what Belichick is capable of outside of New England. There's no denying everything that the future Hall of Famer has accomplished, but his resume is looking quite bare ever since Tom Brady left the Patriots. If he can win a Super Bowl with a new team, it isn't hard to see just how much more his legacy will grow.

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