Belichick to leave Patriots after 24 seasons as head coach

Bill Belichick is leaving the New England Patriots after 24 seasons as head coach, as reported by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.

A loss to the New York Jets on Sunday saw the Patriots end the season with a 4-13 record, the worst of Belichick’s tenure, during which he has led the team to six Super Bowl rings.

The 71-year-old was appointed as Patriots head coach in 2000 before going on to steer the team to six wins from nine Super Bowl appearances – including three in four seasons – as well as clinching 17 AFC East division titles and playing in four more AFC Championship Games while reaching the playoffs on 18 occasions.

Belichick is currently ranked third in the list of all-time career victories by a head coach with 302, leaving him 16 shy of George Halas and 26 away from the great Don Shula.

For the best part of two decades he and Tom Brady spearheaded New England’s iconic dynasty team as the most prolific head coach-quarterback tandem in NFL history.

Belichick established himself as the league’s most influential and dominant defensive mind as he dictated schematic trends, while overseeing a famed recruitment policy that would see New England construct their Championship-winning rosters with cut-price deals and savvy contracts.

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