For the first time in a very long time, the New England Patriots are currently one of the worst teams in the NFL.
Long gone are the days of winning multiple Super Bowls, and instead, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is hoping to help his team avoid a 1-6 start after their upcoming Week 7 matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
New England has missed the playoffs twice since the 2020 campaign, and they’re likely going to be on the outside of the postseason once again this year.
So it’s not surprising to find out that Patriots owner Robert Kraft has already been making preparations to move on from Belichick by the end of the 2023 season.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer recently revealed that Kraft hasn’t been wasting time doing research on finding someone to replace Belichick (via Dov Kleiman on Twitter).
“These discussions have taken place. I can tell you for sure, Robert hears the criticism, he hears the anger locally, and people in the building know for a fact that he’s hearing the anger from the fanbase.”
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 19, 2023
Whenever this change ultimately does happen, it’s going to be a very significant one in the history of the franchise.
The Patriots made a monumental change a few years ago when they parted with future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Tom Brady.
Now, unless a dramatic turnaround takes place this season, it seems like Belichick is near the end of his tenure as the head coach in New England.
The hope was that he could remain with the Patriots long enough to pass Don Shula for the most wins in NFL history.
But with the way the Patriots have been playing, that record won’t end up being broken anytime soon, at least not by Belichick.NEXT: Analyst Makes Bold Prediction About Bill Belichick, Patriots