Report: NFC South Teams Sniffing Bill Belichick

January 4th, 2024

Wanted in NFC South?

Well, this is interesting.

Josina Anderson of CBS Sports, who is very well plugged in with high-level NFL backchannels, has been tipped off that NFC South teams might already be doing background work regarding bringing Bill Belichick to their city.

Belichick, 71, a six-time Super Bowl champion head coach and arguably the greatest coach in NFL history, seems to be nearing the end of the road in New England.

@JosinaAnderson: I’m told there are teams within the NFC South with potential interest in #Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, per source. I previously discussed potential explorations with the Chargers below. While the future Hall of Famer has made an indelible mark, winning 6 Super Bowls with Tom Brady, I’m also told there are still recent high-level sentiments within the organization regarding desires to mutually part ways & start anew, per source.

Generally speaking, wherever there’s pending transition, it strategically involves analysis of the market for feedback, guidance and hopeful assurance of a landing spot—outside of a prospect candidate electing to just take time off.

There are still NFL teams whose fates and future direction are pending the outcome of Week 18.

Right now Belichick has 333 wins on the all-time wins list (including playoffs), 15 behind what’s necessary to eclipse Don Shula leading with 347. League sources have said it’s a goal for Belichick to surpass this mark.

Various reports the past few weeks suggest creepy Bob Kraft and his sons are out of patience with how the Patriots have nosedived since Tom Brady came to Tampa Bay.

This report by Anderson tells Joe that owners of various NFC South teams have already made up their minds, or are doing some background work in case they pull the trigger next week on Black Monday.

There already is an opening in Carolina.

Kraft still holds the rights to Belichick, so a trade likely would have to be worked out, not unlike the night Team Glazer traded for Chucky with Al Davis.

66 Responses to “Report: NFC South Teams Sniffing Bill Belichick”

  1. mg Says:

    coach bill should have been shown the door in New England 3-years before TB-12 went to Tampa.

  2. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Joe

    “NFC South Teams Sniffing Bill Belichick”

    I bet he smells like beef stew.

  3. HC Grover Says:

    We will be stuck with Bowles….He will blow us away.

  4. Capt.Tim Says:

    Teams sniffing Belicheat.
    He’ll smell like dog crap.
    Tom Brady cartied his dead ass for years.
    We see what he is without Tom.

  5. HC Grover Says:

    We in worst case. We win we lose and we lose we lose. Only Bowles could do this to us.

  6. NE Fan Says:

    You do NOT want to play against at Belichick D twice a season. Trust me! Ask Blowzo, he knows.

  7. johnnymoon Says:

    Sounds made up to me and she is know for that . I do not doubt it but ok

  8. NE Fan Says:

    Capt. Jim@ record 4-13, 9 games lost by one score or less.

  9. Not Says:

    I think he smells like my dogs works of art.

  10. Crickett Baker Says:

    I think he needs at least a year off from coaching.

  11. Abovedalaw Says:

    Seems odd that a team would have to compensate New England after they fire Belichick.

  12. Bucs Guy Says:

    Please let him go anywhere but Tampa.

  13. Trevor Says:

    If Kraft terminates Belichick’s contract, no compensation needed.

    Given that Belichick would likely want complete control over personnel wherever he goes, why would he want that team to give up substantial or, given Belichick’s ego/personality, ANY draft capital. This would mean he’d have less to work with coming in.

    Belichick could simply refuse any trade, holding up the Pats ability to bring in a new HC or GM, until they fire him outright. The teams that really want him; hopefully NOT the Bucs; would likely try to wait the Patriots out.

    I’m not saying it a trade won’t happen, it just seems like a real possibility that it wouldn’t be needed.

  14. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    A seriously unlikable man. But a defensive genius. TB 12 would just be another no name QB without fitting into to the System.

  15. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Hope and pray the Falcons don’t marry Justin Fields into Smith’s offense

  16. Bojim Says:

    Gonna be a little to expensive. Would rather have anybody else.

  17. Pewter power Says:

    Oh please please anyone in the division hire him matter of fact give him complete control of your front office so he can gut the team and draft busts for the next decade

  18. Lt. Dan Says:

    Open letter to the Glazer family: Steer clear of Belichick. He was a “meh” coach with the Browns. He was an amazing coach when Tom Brady took over in NE. He was, and still is a “meh” coach since Brady left for Tampa. It’s pattern…just like Bowles and his mediocrity.

  19. SB~LV Says:

    71 and without the GOAT
    No thanks!

  20. Marine Buc Says:

    I see an idiotic Owner like David Tepper trading another 1st round pick for old Billy Bellycheat…

    Behold the next Head Coach who will be fired mid-season by the Panthers.

  21. Kidfloflo Says:

    No way the hoodie follows Brady to Tampa with the pressure of winning his own super bowl here! Relax fellas

  22. Jack Clark Says:

    Bill Belichick is the most overrated head coach of all time. Andy Reid is a much better head coach than Belichick. Belichick can not develop offenses, quarterbacks, or even good head coaches. All of the head coaches under the Belichick tree were failures because Belichick is a failure too without Tom Brady on his team. Belichick is a good defensive coordinator and cheater though so I’ll give him at least some credit.

  23. Citrus County Says:

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO !!!!!! Don’t even think about it Glazer family.

  24. Zwak Says:

    It wasn’t Belichick, he sucked before and after Brady! Just saying..

  25. ElioT Says:

    I’ll bet Tepper would be dumb enough to do it.

    Bill has done Jack-Squat since Brady left!

    Dude is stale and he’s a total A-Hole.


  26. Citrus County Says:

    I think I need a drink.

  27. ModHairKen Says:

    Kraft asked Belichick to give him a hand turning things around, and Bill began to have mental images of the Spa and said, nah.

    I’d love to see Bilichick break Shula’s record in Tampa.

    That way the pansy NE fans can cry over Tampa usurping them again. Brady’s story will always end in a Tampa jersey hoisting Lombardi.

    NE are the most uninformed, ungrateful and whiny fans in the NFL.

  28. Usfbuc Says:

    Bucs aren’t bringing him here and he doesn’t want to be here.

  29. Erik The Viking Says:

    I bet he smells like whiskey, ben gay, and broken dreams.

  30. Tye Says:

    Just NOT Tampa!
    Without Brady he is not the man…..

  31. Popcorn Mike Says:

    Bill doesn’t impress anyone these days. He’s 71 and sink as a GM but I am sure a team like Carolina or Atlanta will hire him. I am not to concerned with the Bucs going there. If Bowles is ran off I am sure the Glazers will go with a younger , discipline, motivating coach

  32. sasquatch Says:

    I hope he doesn’t smell like Trump. You really don’t wanna be sniffing that.

  33. SlyPirate Says:

    Bill and Licht have a solid relationship. Licht has had success with senior HC. Great mentor to groom Canales if he’s the future.

    This looks perfect for the Bucs.

  34. Duane in Sanford Says:

    Another washed out defensive mind with no personality. No thanks.

  35. BrianBucs Says:

    I would really hope that Coach Bill would not be considered here.
    However, I would still much rather have him than Bowles.

  36. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I can see it happening.

    And let’s be honest, most of you didn’t want Arians or Brady to come here either.

    But…a couple points if he were to come here:

    ▪ The Patriots might let him go without bothering with a trade, since he has brought so much to the organization. If that happens, it won’t cost any picks to get him
    ▪ He would not gut the team and rebuild, because he knows he’s too old for that
    ▪ He would have no more control than Arians did
    ▪ He and Licht would be working hand-in-hand, as they have in the past
    ▪ Josh McDaniels would become Offensive Coordinator (he is available)
    ▪ Jason Licht now has a proven track record with a former superstar coach who everyone gave up on
    ▪ No way will he want to keep our current starting quarterback unless it is as a bridge QB
    ▪ He is great at defense, and Josh McDaniels always does well with him

    So…the question is this: would he have it in him to win another superbowl?

    First, to those who say he could not have done it without Tom Brady…well…that will never be known. Brady was magic, but it took Bill chose to start a 6th rounder over Bledsoe. That says a lot.

    Second, at 71, he’s not going to have the patience to develop a young QB like so many years ago…so it would come down to Josh McDaniels being able to develop a QB.

    The good news? We have a pretty good defense, and Bill would get the most out of them. He would also be adding some pieces in the draft.

    The bad news? Getting him to sign would likely mean promising Josh McDaniels the HC position when he retires.

    In the end…
    I don’t know if he has it in him to succeed again or not, but I would be willing to risk it. He runs a tight ship…no doubt, but players would want to come to Tampa for less money to play for him.

    As of this moment, I give a thumbs up. Might change later.

  37. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    He would want to bring in a proven veteran QB…and it won’t be Mayfield…or anyone like him. It would be more of a sure thing.

    Would it be worth blowing up the cap again? Heck year if it brings yet another ring.

  38. D Cone Says:

    Smith is safe in Atlanta. Don’t think they move on from Ridder either. He’ll protect the ball better in 2024 and will put up 11 wins. Still not eliminated in 2023 but it’s a long shot.

    Allen could fall but a Win @ ATL and a Bucs loss could give him a stay.

    If ATL or NO wins the Division Bowles may go.

    Carolina would benefit the most from Belechik. Owner needs a coach to come in and tell him to back off and order drinks with no ice. Young coach can’t do that but one that’s established could.

  39. Paratrooper Buc Says:

    He is 71. He wants to beat Shula’s record and just wants 15 wins then retire. So 2-3 years tops to hit that mark then he is done. I just don’t see it on many teams that will likely have an opening. He needed Brady and I see him going to a team with a reasonable qb. Most likely is chargers because of Herbert. If there is an nfc south team it’s maybe saints or Bucs. If Bucs win Sunday then it’s saints. If Bucs lose then Bucs are an option for belichick but I feel chargers are more likely if Harbaugh doesn’t leave Michigan. Panthers need too much to be good to be an option and falcons don’t have a qb.

  40. Tom M Sumner Says:


  41. FortMyersDave Says:

    Hopefully Belicheat is traded to the Aints or ATL and then gets his 14 wins (assuming the Pats beat the Jets on Sunday) but gets to this mark sometime in the 2016 season after a couple of bottom feeding 5-12 years.

  42. FortMyersDave Says:

    2016 = 2026 season.

  43. Conner50 Says:

    Tampa shouldn’t even consider Billl, what they should consider is Mike Tomlin if the Steelers are interested in moving on from him then maybe Tampa could persuade them

  44. Tony marks Says:

    NE Fan Says:
    January 4th, 2024 at 4:53 pm
    You do NOT want to play against at Belichick D twice a season. Trust me!


    ROFL TWELVE teams whopped your sorry team and you are in here talking about anyone being afraid of Belichicken’s defense.


    The one SOuth team that did play Bella’s “defense” hung you 34 – 0

    OOooh we really scared

  45. Rod Munch Says:

    Belichick comes to Tampa, Brady comes back, and the Bucs are back on prime time TV!

    Going to be awesome!

  46. Bucs Guy Says:

    Kellen Moore for HC. We need a coach with OC experience.
    Wanted hom as our OC last year, but the Chargers grabbed him the day after Dallas released him.

  47. adam from ny Says:

    lookin’ very unkempt and smelly in that ratty old shirt he’s wearing…i feel sorry for who ever’s sniffing him out…looks like he needs a shower too

  48. Not Says:

    I think I saw that guy grabbing a sandwich at the metropolitan ministries food line.

  49. adam from ny Says:

    what if:

    he smelled like teen spirit


  50. stpetebucfan Says:

    BB is in the running for the greatest DC of all time. He is also in the running for the most overrated HC in NFL history!!!

    This is not just my opinion it’s a fact borne out by BB’s extensive record with two different franchises.

    Take away Tom Brady and Bill Belichik has a remarkably consistent record over his ten years without the GOAT. Both in Cleveland and N.E. In his 5 years in Cleveland Belichik won ONE season finished 36-44 for his entire tenure. With N.E. in the season before Brady and the four seasons since BB is 34-48, actually a little worse with N.E. (minus Brady) than Cleveland. But combine that DECADE of BB HC – Brady and you get a .420 win % for both Cleveland and N.E. !!!


    For comparison. Todd Bowles is currently at a .420 win % for his career.

    How can that freaking be? Todd Bowles has EXACTLY the same win % as “arguably” the greatest coach of all time has when that “GOAT” coach is without Brady at QB. And this is not an aberration. This is a record spread out over two different franchises and a DECADE of play!

  51. Not Says:

    Buccaneer bonsai you sound like your heads been up some NE butt.
    Players aren’t making a beeline for the pats anymore, that time is over! The patriot way these days is a losing record and every coach assistant he had that tried to bring that cr@p elsewhere bombed.
    Patriot way was one thing when they had a star QB who took less money so other could feed. Patriot way now gets you sub 500 play .

  52. Bucs 95 Says:

    He looks musty and homeless in this pic

  53. Larry W Nieman Says:

    Hard to believe any team would give him the power he had in NE. Would be an upgrade for Panthers though, which is a low bar indeed.

  54. garro Says:

    We could get at least 3 more wins a year with deflated balls and super stealth surveillance video!

    BTW is English her second language?


    Go Bucs!

  55. Allbuccedup Says:

    Licht and Belicheat are good friends Licht worked for him for a few years. If we lose sunday be prepared he will be the next head coach unless the patriots keep him.

  56. NE Fan Says:

    Tony@ almost whipped Bucs SB team with a rookie QB if nit for a FG that hit the upright. True Saints and Dallas beat them pretty good but as I recall Saints had their way with Bucs last week and Bucs are playing for a division title and PO berth. Bakers garbage yards and points in the 4th qtr is what it is garbage. 9 losses of 1 score or less without a starting QB and #1 or#2 starting WR and two best D players out for the season.

  57. Iron Wombat Says:

    If the Bucs face plant on Sunday and miss the playoffs there will be a HC opening in Tampa and they’ll take a run at BB.

  58. Bosch Says:

    What a repulsive headline.

  59. DayOnePaul Says:

    He just can’t be a GM too. That’s been his Achilles heel his entire time in NE. He’s a better coach than player procurement guy. I know he and Licht worked together in New England, but BB had the final say on everything. I wonder if he could let go of all of that control.

  60. The Daily Coroner Says:

    Joe. Did you really call Bill Belichick, “arguably the greatest coach in NFL history.”
    Record without Tom Brady as his QB – 46%!
    Record with Tom Brady as his QB – 77%!
    Joe, what do you think?

  61. NE Fan Says:

    The Daily Coroner@ we are talking about the man that drafted and developed Brady and put him into a system that made him the most discipline and detailed QB to ever play the game. Belichick sat their #1 draft picks Drew Bledsoe in the 2001 SB after Bledsoe just secured a PO victory against Pittsburgh. Pretty intuitive don’t you think? Not to mention all the top 5/10 defenses he’s had over the last 24yrs.

  62. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    We don’t need more gaytriots like Brady’s ball gurgling boi

  63. NE Fan Says:

    You must be quite the role model for your grandson. Class act.

  64. Lakeland Steve Says:

    I don’t think he would be coming to Tampa unless he would be interested in just being Head Coach. In New England he’s had pretty much total control. He was the defacto General Manager as well as head coach. Considering that Licht worked there no one else would have a better insight into how Belichek might work out here. I don’t think the Glazers would take a step back and take control away from Licht especially considering he has nailed the last couple of drafts. And it just doesn’t seem that Belichek would agree to go somewhere that he wouldn’t have total control like he does in New England.

  65. BOAT Says:

    Here is Bill Belichick’s career head coaching resume without the GOAT football player Tom Brady:

    Bill Belichick’s 11 seasons as a head coach without Tom Brady:

    82-97 (.458)
    A career losing record, 15 games below .500

    3 winning seasons out of 11 seasons total
    8 losing seasons out of 11 seasons total

    2 playoff appearances in 11 seasons
    9 seasons failed to make the playoffs out of 11 seasons total

    A career losing playoff record of 1-2 (.333)

    1 total playoff win in 11 seasons

    Never made it past the wild card round without Tom Brady

  66. BOAT Says:


    Belichick’s career head coaching record without Brady is 84-102 (.452).
    So 18 games below .500 without Brady.

    Also, while there is all this talk about Belichick setting the career wins record, we should note that he is setting career losing records.

    “Here’s a look at the current list for most all-time losses:

    1. Dan Reeves: 190-165-2
    2. Jeff Fisher: 173-165-1
    3. Bill Belichick: 302-164-0
    4. Tom Landry: 250-162-6
    5. Don Shula: 328-156-6

    If you include playoff losses, Belichick is also just one loss away from tying the all-time record, which is held by former Cowboys coach Tom Landry.

    Most losses (including playoff games)

    1. Tom Landry: 270-178-6
    2. Bill Belichick: 333-177-0
    3. Dan Reeves: 201-174-2
    4. Don Shula: 347-173-6
    5. Jeff Fisher: 178-171-1”