Bill Belichick is 70 years old.
It’s an age upon which he didn’t expect to still be coaching in the NFL, a time when many in all walks of life have drifted off into retirement.
But Belichick is still very much entrenched atop the organizational depth chart in New England these day, the final say in all things football in Foxborough.
With longtime offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels having moved on to the Raiders, Belichick has an entirely new coaching staff on that side of the ball. And while his defensive coaching staff remains intact for 2022, he’s been working without a coordinator there since Brian Flores left for the Dolphins a few years ago.
Forget slowing down, Belichick may be doing more than ever.
Or, might he transition to a more active role on the offensive side of the ball? Could he leave more of the defense to his veteran coaches like his son, defensive play caller Steve Belichick, and respected former player and linebackers coach Jerod Mayo?
“Honestly, I don’t really know what he’s going to do. He wears every hat in the building,” Steve Belichick said in a Monday Zoom call with local reporters. “He’s always been involved in everything. I’ve always enjoyed learning about the whole program from him, not just defense or scouting or offense or special teams. But he’s always involved in everything. I wouldn’t anticipate that changing. I don’t know how much effort will or won’t’ go into that stuff. You should ask him that. But I expect him to continue to be involved in everything just like he always has been. But who knows? I’ll be ready for it if it comes up. You have to adapt or die around here.”
With former New England special teams coach Joe Judge returning from his stint as Giants head coach in a role on the offensive side of the ball where he’s joined by former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, coaches’ roles have been major topic this offseason. As such the younger Belichick was asked if he expected to remain in the same role on defense that he’s been filling the last couple years.
“Honestly I don’t really know and honestly I don’t really care,” Steve Belichick said. “I just like coaching football. I’m happy to be on defense but whatever I have to do I’m happy to be around football, happy to be around the guys, good to have them back in the building. Whatever they need me to do, I’ll do it.”
As such, the younger Belichick is apparently as much in the dark as the rest of Patriot Nation as to whether he might ascend to the defensive coordinator title for 2022.
“Fair question that I don’t have the answer to. If I am, great. If I’m not, that’s great too,” Steve Belichick said.
There’s so much talk, speculation and debate regarding Belichick’s assistants and their roles, Cam Achord wouldn’t even confirm that he’s still coaching special teams, where he’s been the coordinator for the last two seasons after previously assisting Judge for a pair of seasons.
“I’m not going to comment on any coaching situation,” Achord said somewhat jokingly. “Y’all should know those answers. Y’all got all the answers out there with that, and who’s doing what, I’m sure.”
One thing that’s for sure, actually, is that Bill Belichick will still seemingly have a hand in everything that goes on in New England, much like he always has.