Bill Belichick plans to return for 24th season as Patriots coach

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick, who is the NFL’s longest-serving coach and will turn 71 in April, said Monday he plans to return for his 24th season as New York Patriots coach. England in 2023.

The Patriots ended their season Sunday in a 35-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

After saying he intended to return, Belichick said of the Patriots’ 8-9 season: “Nobody’s happy with that. That’s not our goal. We have to improve on that. C “So it’s all of us – the responsibility everywhere, starting with me, the coaching staff, the players, every unit. Those are all things we’re going to address, and that process will probably start later today.”

Belichick said that would include a standard operating procedure meeting with owner Robert Kraft, who in March said he wasn’t happy the franchise hadn’t won a playoff game since Super Bowl LIII against the Rams. from Los Angeles on February 3. , 2019.

Belichick has 329 career wins as a head coach (including the playoffs), which is second in NFL history behind Don Shula (347).

Belichick answered a series of questions during a Monday morning video conference, many of which were specific to the team’s offense, which has seen a staggering decline in 2022.

When asked if he was considering Mac Jones as the team’s starting quarterback in 2023, or if he should re-evaluate the position in the offseason, Belichick said, “I think Mac has the ability to play quarterback in this league. We all have to work together to try to find the best way – as a football team, which obviously quarterback is an important position – to be more productive than we know it. were this year.”

Jones has been 288 of 442 for 2,997 yards (65.2%) this season, with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was sacked 34 times for 231 yards.

As a rookie in 2021, when selected as a Pro Bowl backup, Jones was 352 of 521 for 3,801 yards (67.6%), with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He had been sacked 28 times for 241 yards.

Jones’ dive reflected the way the Patriots cratered in all of the offensive statistical categories that Belichick says are most important to him — particularly the red zone (going from 11th to 32nd), third down (10th to 27th ) and touchdowns scored (48 last season to 31 this season).

Because of that, Belichick was asked several times Monday morning about his decision-making regarding offensive coaches; After longtime coordinator Josh McDaniels left to become head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after last season, Belichick turned to veteran coaches Matt Patricia and Joe Judge to lead the offensive staff despite their track records. head coaches in defense and special teams, respectively.

Belichick defended his decisions – he previously shared his belief that a good coach can be successful in any role – but also left open the possibility that there will be a change in 2023.

“Every decision we’ve made has always been with the intention of doing what’s best for the football team. That’s how it’s always been, and that’s how it goes. do in the future,” he said. “At different decision points, you have different opportunities. As those progress or arise, we will continue to assess them.”

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