Coach Bellichik of the New England Patriots surprised NFL fans by announcing his departure, not retirement, on April 12. He led the Patriots to six Super Bowl championships over the past 24 years, and he is 71 years old, and everyone expected his retirement at the press conference.
Coach Pete Carroll (72) of the Seattle Seahawks and Nick Saban (72) of the University of Alabama announced their retirement side by side.
However, Velichik had a conversation with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and chose to separate. He wanted to set another team on fire.
At that time, seven coaches were vacant in the NFL. There were many vacancies, including Seattle Seahawks coach Carroll who announced his retirement and six others who were fired due to poor performance. It was expected that some teams would naturally want Bellichik, a resourceful six-time Super Bowl winner.
The Atlanta Falcons actually had two interviews with Bellichk. However, no further progress was made. The Washington Commanders, who had one last seat available on Tuesday, hired Dan Quinn, the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, as their manager. Quinn, 53, served as manager of the Atlanta Falcons for six seasons.
With Quinn’s promotion, coach Velichik has no place to go. He will not be able to return to the coach in the 2024 season. The NFL rarely dismisses players during a season due to poor performance. The “playbook” that contains tactics and strategies should be revised. For this reason, coaches are fired a lot on Monday after the season, which is why they are always called “Black Monday.”
Velichik has won the most Super Bowls as a coach in the NFL. Velichik is said to have surpassed Vince Lombardi, one of the best coaches in the NFL. The name of the Super Bowl trophy is the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He has set a new record for all victories. Super Bowls, playoff victories, etc.
However, his most wins in the regular season failed to reach the top of his list. His total number of wins is 302. Don Shula, who served as manager of the Baltimore Colts (currently Indianapolis), and the Miami Dolphins, has 328 wins, which is the best record in the NFL. It takes at least three seasons to break Shula’s record. It is hard to break Shula’s 26 wins in two seasons. The regular season has 17 games. The best record in the regular season in 2023 is 13 wins and 4 losses for the Baltimore Ravens.
Currently, experts predict that Velichik will not be able to return to the field this year, but may take over the Dallas Cowboys in 2024. Current Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has failed to meet fans and owner Jerry Jones in the playoffs. He has failed to make it to the first round of the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
NFL coaches have very severe mental labor intensity in the season. The trend is that younger coaches are increasingly being used. Whether master Belichik will return or not has now emerged as news.