The announcement that Raheem Morris, a former defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams and the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will be taking over as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons sent shockwaves across the National Football League on Thursday. The general astonishment that his hiring was announced is in no way connected to the qualifications that Morris possesses. In addition to being one of the most highly regarded defensive minds in football, he also performed admirably in the role of interim head coach for Atlanta in the year 2020, following Dan Quinn’s dismissal from his position.
In spite of the fact that the famed former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had sat down for two interviews with team officials, Atlanta decided not to name him as Arthur Smith’s replacement. This decision caused a significant amount of shock around the National Football League. And much more breathtaking? The consequent possibility that the coach who holds the record for the most Super Bowl victories in the history of the league might find himself without a job in the year 2024.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the only team that Belichick has booked interviews with is Atlanta, and he does not have any other interviews set.
The only team that was able to conduct an interview with the great coach Bill Belichick was the Falcons, and there are no other meetings that are known to be arranged. Rapoport writes on Twitter that there is a possibility that Belichick would not participate in the year and instead wait for an opportunity in 2025.
The Washington Commanders and the Seattle Seahawks are the only two teams who still have a head coach position open for someone to fill. Belichick might be able to fill one of them. Field Yates of ESPN appears to be doubtful, despite the fact that he acknowledges the extraordinary endurance of Bill Belichick and mentions the potential that he will stay out of the game in 2024.
Every year, the coaching carousel in the National Football League (NFL) begins over. When the new year arrives, there will undoubtedly be a number of job openings that might potentially pique Belichick’s attention.
On the other hand, the longer the 71-year-old football player remains on the figurative bench, the less likely it is that his mystique will be able to influence owners and drive decision-makers in his direction.
It is not out of the question that Belichick will be out of the league by the year 2024. The implications of this for his coaching career in the long run are certainly yet unknown at this point.