The fallout from the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick parting ways continues. As every NFL fan and pundit desperately want to know what the next destination for the legendary head coach will be, the speculations surrounding who he will take with him there are also in full swing.
There are plenty of Belichick loyalists in the Patriots' coaching staff who could reportedly move with Belichick wherever he decides to coach. This includes the offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. However, the brain drain may not end there, according to Mike Giardi of Boston Sports Journal.
Matt Groh, the director of player personnel, and Eliot Wolf, director of scouting, are reportedly waiting to see where Belichick ends up.
This is in direct contrast to what we have been hearing lately about the Patriots. The team currently doesn't have a general manager, so Groh and Wolf reportedly had "prominent roles" in offseason decisions, including negotiations with pending free agents like Kendrick Bourne. With Belichick out of the picture, the two were the de facto decision-makers for the organization.
And they have a very difficult task at hand. They need to revamp the entire roster after a disappointing 4-13 season and missing the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. Not only do the Pats have the no. 3 overall pick in the draft, but they also have $68 million in cap space, and 15 players hitting unrestricted free agency. They need experienced and competent decision-makers to pull the strings this offseason.
The 2024 off-season is an excellent opportunity for the Pats to kickstart their rebuild. They need to nail these decisions in coordination with the new head coach Jerod Mayo. So, it behooves New England to hold onto Groh and Wolf at least until after this offseason.
We will know more when Belichick's next destination is announced. Whether it's the Atlanta Falcons or another one of the seven teams currently looking for their next head coach, the Patriots need to do the best they can in retaining their front-office talent.
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