The NFL head coaching market has been burning hot for the past couple of weeks. The Los Angeles Chargers signed Jim Harbaugh, who’s fresh off a title at Michigan. The Atlanta Falcons chose to go a different direction and sign Raheem Morris.
That leaves former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick without a job, and it’s looking extremely likely that the legendary coach will be sitting on his couch on Sundays next season.
Let’s look at Bill Belichick next team odds for the 2024 NFL season at DraftKings and break down the possible scenarios for the six-time championship signal caller.
Bill Belichick: Not the Head Coach of a Team (-2000)
When the odds first came out a few weeks ago, oddsmakers strongly believed that Belichick would sign with a team — he was +400 at DraftKings. But after Atlanta signed Morris, the 71-year-old coach quickly became destined for unemployment.
Belichick helped build arguably the greatest dynasty in NFL history during his tenure with the Patriots. In 24 seasons in New England, Belichick won 17 AFC East division titles and appeared in nine Super Bowls, with a record six wins.
But those glory days ended once Tom Brady left town, and the league has taken notice. In four seasons after Brady left for Tampa Bay, the team finished with three losing seasons and a 29-38 record, including going 4-13 last season.
This brief time period really exposed Belichick’s flaws as someone who cannot develop offensive talent, particularly at the quarterback position. He’s also been criticized for being somewhat of a control freak when it came to the organization’s executive decision-making.
NFL teams don’t want an aging coach who demands power. The only reason why Pats owner Robert Kraft gave Belichick that kind of control is because the latter has been a part of the organization since the turn of the century.
Now at 71 years old, Belichick is living in a time when the game is looking for young, offensive-minded coaches who can bring out the most out of their quarterback. As great of a defensive mastermind as Belichick is, his service may no longer be needed. If so, it’s been a great run for the six-time Super Bowl champion.
Bill Belichick: Washington Commanders (+800)
The Washington Commanders are one of just two teams (the other being the Seattle Seahawks) with open head coaching vacancies. Washington just fired its coach, Ron Rivera, after going 4-13 this prior season and finishing the season with the league’s worst defense.
The Commanders could definitely use Belichick’s expertise on the defensive front, but we’re not sure how he’ll react to not having general manager duties. The team currently owns the second overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and could take UNC quarterback Drake Maye as their next franchise quarterback. This is what they should do, but Belichick might want to go a different direction if he’s the man calling the plays.
Bill Belichick: Any Other NFL Team (+1200)
The Seahawks are the only other team without a head coach after parting ways with Pete Carroll, so they’re technically a possible landing spot for Belichick. However, we don’t know how he’ll feel about moving all across the country for a coaching gig.
Like the rest of the league, Seattle is going to want to replace the 72-year-old Carroll with a younger coach, which Belichick clearly isn’t, but you can’t rule them out either.