Will Bill Belichick coach forever? Patriots owner hoping for at least 15 more years
At the rate we're going, Bill Belichick might not ever retire
If we learned one thing at the NFLâs annual league meeting this week, itâs that the Patriotsâ dynasty isnât ever going to end.
Basically, if youâre a fan of the Dolphins, Bills or Jets, you might want to find another team to cheer for. If Robert Kraft gets his way, it sounds like New England might be running things in the AFC East for the better part of the next two decades.
With Tom Brady and Bill Belichick both getting up there in age, youâd think that the Patriotsâ reign atop the NFL would be coming to an end sometime soon, but that doesnât appear to be the case, at least according to Kraft.
During an interview at the league meetings this week, the Patriots owner was asked how long he thought Bill Belichick might keep coaching the team, and letâs just say that the answer might as well have been âforever.â
âI hope he coaches until his 80s,â Kraft said, via CSNNE.com.
Although that seems ridiculous, this is Belichick weâre talking about, so it wouldnât be a surprise at all. Belichick will be 65 when the 2017 season starts, so if he decides to coach until heâs 80, that would mean heâll be on the Patriotsâ sideline through the 2032 season. To put that in perspective, kids born in 2011 will be able to legally drink by then.
Kraft thinks Belichick can coach that long because heâs watched other brilliant minds be productive in their respective fields past the age of 80.
âI see Warren Buffett and Rupert Murdoch, and theyâre in their mid-80s and theyâre performing at a pretty high level,â Kraft said. âWeâve got to keep Bill healthy.â
As for Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft says he hopes his head coach is working into his 80s. "We gotta keep Bill healthy." pic.twitter.com/HfZkznpCer— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) March 27, 2017
If Belichick were to make it to age 80, heâd smash the NFL record for oldest head coach, which currently belongs to Bears legend George Halas, who coached until he was 72 (Bills coach Marv Levy also coached until he was 72, but he was several months younger than Halas was during his final season as a coach).
One other thing helping Beilchickâs cause is that he basically feels like heâs on vacation when heâs coaching.
âReally doesnât feel like work,â the Patriots coach said just before the Super Bowl, via WEEI.com. âTry and give everyone the opportunity to do their job. We have a lot of people that do it very well. A great coaching staff and a great group of players. I have a lot of respect for all of them. I try and stay out of the way and let them do their job. They all do it pretty well.â
As if the thought of dealing with Belichick for the next 15 years isnât frightening enough for other teams in the NFL, thereâs also the Brady factor. Kraft said the quarterbackplay âsix or seven more years.â
Clearly Father Time is a Patriots fan, because thatâs the only to explain why he hasnât sucked the talent out of Brady or Belichick like heâs eventually done to every other NFL player whoâs crossed his path.
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