Could we see a Bill Belichick retirement at the end of the season? New information from NFL reporters seem to indicate that a longtime NFL head coach could be close to hanging it up. Josina Anderson hinted at on Nov. 15th, when she tweeted the following. “There’s talk behind-the-scenes as to whether any one of 3 of the NFL’s longest tenured head coaches will step down after this season or next as these lists get compiled in preparation for vacancies. We’ll see.” The 3 longest tenured head coaches in the NFL are Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, and John Harbaugh.
We’re at the point that it wouldn’t be the most shocking development if Belichick called it a career after 2022. Now that he’s 70 years old and has long been on the record saying: “I won’t be like Marv Levy and coaching in my 70s, I know that.” But Belichick tried to correct the record in a recent interview with Dan Shaughnessy in the Boston Globe. Which indicates he’s more open to the idea of coaching as a septuagenarian, now that he actually is one.
Dan Graziano of ESPN specifically mentioned Belichick in some (informed?) speculation of his own. Adding Pete Carroll to Belichick as coaches who “are at the age where people are going to keep one eye on those spots for potential openings when and if those guys decide to walk away.” Carroll is the fourth-longest tenured NFL head coach, as the leader of the Seahawks since 2010. It makes sense that we could see a Bill Belichick retirement in coming off seasons.