New England head coach Bill Belichick‘s job security has become a hot topic as of late – and ESPN NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky believes the Patriots legend already knows his next team.
While discussing a report from The Athletic which indicated Belichick and the Patriots were preparing to mutually part ways, Orlovsky said: ‘I’ve heard more and more of that over the last week. I’m not a reporter, but I have heard that.
‘I have heard that’s going to be the case. Who knows the likelihood of it, but I’ve heard it’s going to happen, and I’ve heard the [next] location is already kind of determined as well.’
When pressed to reveal a destination, Orlovsky wouldn’t budge as he stated: ‘I’m not giving… I have heard that.’
This is not the first time rumors of Belichick’s departure have swirled either, as Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio recently reported that new Washington Commanders owner Josh Harris was planning to enquire about trading for Belichick following the conclusion of the season.
Bill Belichick’s future in New England has come under question amid the Patriots’ poor season
ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky said he’s hearing Belichick has a new team in mind for next year
Washington Commanders owner Josh Harris may be set to inquire about trading for Belichick
‘There’s a theory out there that when the season ends, Josh Harris – the new owner of the Commanders – is going to call the Patriots and inquire about what it would take to get Bill Belichick,’ Florio said during an appearance on The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the 71-year-old coach quietly signed a lucrative extension before the season and that his firing would be unlikely in the near future.
If Belichick did perhaps have a future destination in mind, Patriots owner Robert Kraft could use the long-term deal as a way to recoup draft capital to help rebuild a Patriots team that has struggled to a 2-8 record so far this season while also avoiding firing the best coach in franchise history if either side in fact feels it is time for a change.
Should any potential trade happen, it would also clear the Patriots of any financial obligations to Belichick.
New England’s poor season also seemed to take another turn in the wrong direction over the weekend as not only was quarterback Mac Jones benched a quarter after being berated by his offensive coordinator, but also seemed to question his coaches’ decision making.