Bill Belichick beat the Jets on MNF and then stuffed the franchise in a bodybag.
The New York Jets’ best effort wasn’t enough to take down arguably the worst New England Patriots team we’ve seen in 20 years. Bill Belichick and Co. orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback and took home a thrilling walk-off 30-27 victory after training by 10 late in the game.
Though a loss for the Jets is bad for the Patriots considering New York is inching closer toward the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft that will likely land them quarterback Trevor Lawrence, it doesn’t really matter because we know they’ll find a way to screw that up. Plus, a loss to an 0-8 Jets side would’ve been really bad for the Patriots after their last month of performances.
And it’s clear Belichick couldn’t care less about giving the Jets pole position for the top pick. He took some time on Tuesday to blast his division rivals in the best way possible. Remember Belichick used to work for them? Let’s talk about that, shall we?
“Well, not only one of the most defining, but you know, one of the great moments of my career,” Belichick said on WEEI. “That combined with Robert [Kraft] giving me the opportunity to come here, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. That wasn’t a good situation for me and I didn’t want to be part of it, so I wasn’t. The other half of that was Robert giving me the opportunity to come here and trading, he gave up quite a bit to get me to come here, and that was a big trade. I am very thankful that it worked out. I appreciate all the support from Robert, the Kraft family, the Patriots organization and all the New England fans and I’ll keep trying to do my best for this team and this organization — give them the very best that can and I very thankful for the opportunity to come here. I just wasn’t going to stay there in that situation.”
Leaving the Jets in the dust and changing the course of NFL history was one of the greatest moments of Belichick’s career because that kickstarted the Patriots’ dynasty, which followed for the next 20 years. And it’s even better that Belichick is spiking the football in a season in which it’s clear said dynasty is likely over.
How bad has it been since Belichick stepped down as the Jets’ head coach and bolted for New England? Well, New York has made the playoffs just six times (and haven’t been there since 2010) and have had six head coaches over that two-decade span. Their record since 2000? 148-181.
The Jets have largely been bad for the better part of forever, and they had their one chance to turn it all about 20 years ago when they got their hands on Belichick. But the six-time Super Bowl champ saw the writing on the wall and bolted for another struggling franchise that he thought had a better chance to turn it around.