One Potential Bill Belichick Suitor Ruled Out as Option Post-Patriots

There's reportedly one NFC team not interested in hiring Bill Belichick.
Jan 11, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots former head coach Bill Belichick holds a
Jan 11, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots former head coach Bill Belichick holds a / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

With the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick mutually parting ways on Thursday morning, the 71-year-old Belichick will look for a new head coaching opportunity this offseason.

The good news for Belichick is that he will have a nice list of suitors even though the Patriots struggled immensely this season (4-13). The Atlanta Falcons are one team rumored to be interested in Belichick’s services after firing head coach Arthur Smith.

However, there’s another NFC team that shockingly doesn’t want to interview Belichick despite this franchise missing the playoffs for the eighth time in the last 10 years.

Patriots Rumors: Commanders Not Interested In Belichick

On Thursday, ESPN’s John Keim reported that the Commanders’ position has not changed on pursuing Belichick. Keim added that he and others have been told a “few times” that there was no interest.

It doesn’t come as a shock to see the Commanders going the Belichick route as they have a new ownership led by Josh Harris that is looking to make a splash hire. Would Belichick be an upgrade over Ron Rivera, who was fired after last week’s regular-season finale? 

Rivera had a 26-40-1 record and only made the playoffs once in his four-year tenure with the Commanders.

Therefore, if we take Washington out of the equation, the only other teams with head coaching openings are the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and Tennessee Titans. 

Some of those teams are interested in the same candidates, such as Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, and Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson. With there being an exceptional amount of talent in the head coaching pool, there’s a chance Belichick could be waiting for his next opportunity.

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