Bill Belichick losing out on Falcons job ignites Cowboys

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The offseason following the 2023 NFL season saw a surprising turn of events for Bill Belichick, the legendary coach of the New England Patriots. Despite his illustrious career and status as the second-winningest coach in NFL history, Belichick found himself without a head coaching job after the Patriots decided to part ways with him.

One team that appeared interested in Belichick’s services was the Atlanta Falcons. Belichick interviewed with the Falcons twice, and there were indications that owner Arthur Blank was impressed with him. However, the Falcons ultimately decided to hire Raheem Morris as their head coach, overlooking Belichick in favor of other candidates.

Several factors contributed to the Falcons’ decision not to hire Belichick. Team executives were reportedly hesitant to work with Belichick due to concerns about his coaching style and the potential reworking of the organizational power structure. Additionally, there were doubts about Belichick’s long-term commitment to coaching, given his age.

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However, perhaps the most significant factor in the Falcons’ decision was input from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who reportedly spoke candidly to Blank about his experiences working with Belichick. Kraft allegedly warned Blank about Belichick’s difficult personality and expressed concerns about his trustworthiness.

These revelations shed light on the strained relationship between Kraft and Belichick, which reportedly deteriorated after Tom Brady’s departure from the Patriots. While Kraft denies making negative comments about Belichick to Blank, it’s clear that there were underlying tensions between the two.

Despite missing out on the Falcons job, rumors have already surfaced suggesting that Belichick could be a candidate for coaching positions with the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles in the future. Both teams are seen as potential fits for Belichick, given his connections with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the Eagles’ interest in him during the offseason.

Ultimately, Belichick’s future in coaching remains uncertain, but his name is sure to be involved in future coaching cycles. In the meantime, Belichick is expected to make appearances as a guest analyst on “The Pat McAfee Show” for their NFL Draft coverage in 2024, biding his time until another coaching opportunity arises.