After 24 years with the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft announced their mutual decision to part ways in a press conference.
Belichick expressed gratitude and celebration, thanking the Krafts, coaching staff, and players, acknowledging the players' crucial role in winning games.
Kraft praised the historic partnership, claiming it as the longest and most productive in NFL history. He referred to Belichick as the greatest coach of all time, making the decision to part ways difficult.
Despite the team's impressive history with six Lombardi trophies, recent struggles after Tom Brady's departure led to a career-worst 4-13 record in the latest season.
Belichick, in a morning press conference, expressed openness to decisions benefiting the team but stopped short of explicitly relinquishing the GM role, emphasising collaborative decision-making.
The Patriots' model, under Belichick, faced challenges in the past four seasons, prompting the mutual decision for a change.
Belichick, with his remarkable coaching record, is expected to attract significant interest from teams as the NFL currently has eight head coach openings.
Kraft acknowledged the difficulty of seeing Belichick on another sideline but expressed support, noting he'd root for Belichick except when facing the Patriots.