Bill Belichick and Patriots Have Agreed Mutually to Part Ways

Bill Belichick and Patriots Part Ways
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Bill Belichick has reached an amicable agreement to leave the New England Patriots, capping his twenty-four-year run as the team’s head coach.

FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — Bill Belichick has reached an amicable agreement to leave the New England Patriots, capping his twenty-four-year run as the team’s head coach.

According to a person familiar with the issue, the New England Patriots have decided to appoint Jerod Mayo as the team’s first Black head coach, replacing Bill Belichick.

Belichick won six Super Bowl triumphs, nine conference titles, 17 division titles (2002 and 2008 were lost on tiebreakers), 11 straight division titles, and 30 postseason victories in his 24 seasons with New England.

The only head coach in NFL history with six Super Bowl championships is Belichick, who was appointed as the 14th head coach of the Patriots on January 27, 2000. He is one of just two NFL coaches with six titles since the league’s playoff play started in 1933, along with Hall of Fame coaches George Halas and Culy Lambeau.

The day after Belichick decided to leave the Patriots following a 24-year tenure that featured six Super Bowl victories, Mayo was hired.

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With 333 victories overall, he is second only to Dallas’ Tom Landry in career winning seasons (20 from 1965 to 1985). He guided the Patriots to a winning record for 19 straight seasons (2001–19). In addition, Belichick has the most postseason victories of any head coach in NFL history with 31 during his tenure. Among all head coaches, he holds the record with 44 postseason appearances. Furthermore, he led the team in 511 games as head coach, second only to Don Shula’s 526.

Despite having a 4-13 record this year, New England’s defence has maintained its top spot in a number of categories even after rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez and starting linebacker Matt Judon suffered season-ending injuries early in the game.

Although the details of Mayo’s contract before the 2018 season are unknown, it was signed after the 37-year-old had interviews for head coaching positions in Philadelphia and Carolina the previous two seasons.

Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots, pledged to act swiftly to attempt to fill the void after the team announced its decision to break ways with Belichick on Thursday. After serving as the New York Jets’ secondary coordinator and assistant head coach for three seasons (1997–99), he returned to the Patriots in 2000. Belichick guided the Cleveland Browns for five seasons (1991–1995), finishing with an overall record of 37–45, including a 1994 wild card win over the Patriots.

The Cleveland Browns established a 16-game record in 1994 when they allowed an NFL-low 204 points, which was also the sixth-best performance since the NFL switched to a 16-game schedule in 1978.

It is anticipated that Mayo will not have the same authority over personnel decisions as Belichick did for the majority of his time with the Patriots. Along with being coach, Belichick also acted as New England’s de facto general manager.

However, Kraft made clear on Thursday that Belichick “earned it and it worked pretty well for most of the time,” adding that he didn’t have that authority until after winning his third Super Bowl with the team in the aftermath of the 2004 season.

In 1975, Belichick started working as a special assistant to Ted Marchibroda, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. After serving as an assistant special team’s coach with the Detroit Lions for a year, he went on to teach the tight ends and receivers for the team. He became an assistant special teams coach and defensive coordinator Joel Collier’s assistant when he signed with the Denver Broncos in 1978. In 1979, Belichick relocated to the New York Giants, where he worked under Ray Perkins as a defensive assistant and special teams coach. He got extra duty of training the Giants’ linebackers from 1981-82.

He took over as defensive coordinator in 1983 and kept coaching what would grow into one of the best linebacker corps in history. He began serving as the team’s defensive coordinator in 1985 and remained in that capacity for six seasons, including the 1986 Super Bowl campaign. In 1990, the N.Y. Giants won their second NFL title in four years.