Kevin Clark: Why Bill Belichick’s death is a ‘football tragedy’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Talk of Bill Belichick’s uncertain future in New England only grew louder after the Patriots’ Week 9 loss to the Washington Commanders.
Given the Patriots’ unacceptable 2-7 season, it seems more than likely that Belichick’s tenure as head coach and general manager is nearing its end. A once unimaginable thought for Pats fans is suddenly being discussed as a foregone conclusion.
The Patriots’ possible separation from Belichick is the No. 1 sports topic in New England, but how is the situation perceived nationally? ESPN’s Kevin Clark joined Tom E. Curran’s Patriots Talk Podcast to share his perspective.
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“As a football observer, someone who studies football history, someone who has really studied the Belichick era as much as anyone outside of that market can… From that perspective, it kind of breaks my heart,” Clark said. “I don’t want anyone to jump on me, but it feels like the guy who always had the next idea is out of ideas. And that for me as someone who was always writing about the next idea or what he could do.” what you have to do to gain an advantage, whether it’s through the roster, whether it’s through a defensive scheme, an offensive scheme: “Hey, We’re going to use this guy.” …
“He was always at the cutting edge of football. And for me it is a football tragedy to now see this team that not only has no personnel, no quarterback play to speak of, but also simply no ideas.
“You knew this day would happen. This happens to every great coach at some point. But I’m surprised at how bad it got so quickly.”
Also in the episode:
Is the Brady vs. Belichick debate over?
Possible landing spots for Belichick.
How can the Patriots revamp their offense?