Invoice Belichick mentioned he ‘nonetheless likes teaching,’ however averted addressing his Patriots future after season finale


Belichick referenced an upcoming “sit down” with Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft.

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Invoice Belichick throughout the Patriots’ season finale loss to the Jets. AP Photograph/Michael Dwyer

Following the Patriots’ 17-3 loss to the Jets in what might doubtlessly be his closing sport as head coach of the crew he’s led to 6 Tremendous Bowl wins, Invoice Belichick started his postgame press convention by thanking his gamers for his or her effort.

“Disappointing end there at the moment. I’ve loads of respect for the way the gamers competed. I’ve all 12 months,” he instructed reporters, singling out a New England fumble restoration late within the fourth quarter. “I assumed that was indicative of the competitiveness on the finish on the strip after the interception. On the restoration by [Vederian] Lowe, he actually gave himself up on it and simply performed actually arduous.

His conclusion was a callback to a standard theme within the 2023 season.

Reflecting on his crew’s 4-13 report, a final place end within the AFC East, he had a easy abstract.

“We simply couldn’t make sufficient performs to win,” Belichick mentioned.

“It’s a disappointing 12 months for all of us, gamers, coaches, employees.”

Belichick’s standing in New England past the present season may very well be doubtful. However within the rapid aftermath of the loss, he refused to touch upon the place he is perhaps in 2024.

“So far as the long run goes, I’ll sit down with Robert as I do yearly in some unspecified time in the future on the finish of the season, and we’ll discuss issues as we at all times do,” Belichick mentioned of a doubtlessly consequential dialog with Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft. “I’m certain that’ll occur, however that’s actually all I’ve to say about that proper now.”

“Any questions on the Jets sport,” he added, “completely happy to take a couple of of these.”

Inevitably, he was nonetheless questioned about his plans for the long run. Requested by Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy if he “felt any otherwise coming off the sphere,” Belichick reiterated his preliminary take.

“Disenchanted about the best way that the sport turned out certain. Let’s go away it at that.”

After he was pressed in a follow-up about if he expects to educate the Patriots in 2024, Belichick repeated his disappointment in shedding the sport to the Jets.

Sunday may additionally have been the ultimate Patriots sport for longtime particular groups ace Matthew Slater. Although Belichick reminded reporters that he’s already spoken about Slater’s “greatness” at size, he nonetheless managed so as to add a complimentary description.

“Every day he’s simply exemplary, and to observe his development from when he was a rookie popping out of UCLA and looking for just a little little bit of a place on offense and protection, and in the end turning into I’d say nearly as good a particular groups participant as has ever performed this sport,” he mentioned of Slater. “Actually has every thing to again that up primarily based on his lengthy sustained success and being a focused man each week, and his management and presence for the crew — not simply the gamers, however the group, the employees — he’s an inspiration to all of us.”

The Patriots head into the offseason with the best draft decide the crew has held in 30 years. No matter occurs with Belichick, New England is prone to at the least take into account drafting a quarterback.

Even with that actuality, Belichick refused to touch upon the way forward for Sunday’s starter, Bailey Zappe.

“Transferring ahead, that’s an entire different dialog about every thing,” he replied when requested if Zappe might compete for the beginning job subsequent season, “however I feel he’s progressed weekly in his preparation. He’s definitely realized from the experiences that he’s had. He’s a younger participant that has an extended method to go and has an extended future forward of him, so we’ll see.

Within the closing query of the press convention, Boston Globe columnist Tara Sullivan requested Belichick if it was essentially the most difficult season he’s skilled and if it has diminished his enjoyment of teaching.

“No, I get pleasure from teaching,” Belichick responded. “Like I mentioned, it was a disappointing season,”

“That’s how I really feel, however I nonetheless like teaching the crew,” he added. “I like getting ready the crew, game-planning, teaching on Sundays, however the outcomes weren’t good and none of us are proud of these.”