The status of Belichick’s head coaching job has been a hot topic of late and even more so after New England lost 10-6 to the Indianapolis Colts to fall to 2-8 on the year. Things haven’t looked good for the Patriots and the blame doesn’t solely fall on one person.
But Bruschi — who won three Super Bowls playing under Belichick — doesn’t believe moving on from the coach before the season is over makes any sense.
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“My former Patriot hat I’ll put on right here. When people talk about: Should Bill Belichick be fired midseason — listen, we are not the Las Vegas Raiders, and that is not Josh McDaniels right there,” Bruschi said during ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown.” “You let Bill finish this out, Mr. (Robert) Kraft. Then when it comes to whatever draft pick you have at the end, have that meeting. Whatever you come up with, what your decision is, whether he moves on or not, have it then. That discussion is asinine. That’s something we don’t even partake in.”
A report surfaced Sunday that Kraft wasn’t going to fire Belichick before the season ended. But if Belichick wanted to move on from New England and remain a coach, then the team owner would elect to trade him instead of firing him.
Bruschi believes changes need to be made, and acknowledged that this is what happens when a team misses on a first-round quarterback. At 2-8, there isn’t much hope of a turnaround, and going from Mac Jones to Bailey Zappe isn’t a long-term solution.
There are a lot of questions the Patriots need to answer this offseason. But for now, they go into their bye week with a chance to reset and prepare the best they can for the New York Giants on Nov. 26.