As the Patriots’ season continues to spiral, there has been a whirlwind of rumors surrounding the future of head coach and general manager Bill Belichick.

New England owns an AFC-worst 3-11 record heading into Week 16 with only three games remaining, on pace for its worst finish in nearly three decades.

At this rate, the Patriots will finish with their worst record of Belichick’s 24-year tenure in New England and his 29-year tenure as an NFL head coach.

The Patriots struggled to maintain their success ever since superstar quarterback Tom Brady moved on after the 2019 season. Belichick kept the team competitive in 2020 and 2022 and coached the Patriots to the playoffs in 2021, but the direction of the franchise has gone off the rails this season.

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Mac Jones was expected to be the quarterback of the present and future when they selected him with the 15th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft but he has been benched in favor of backup Bailey Zappe. The defense has remained stout — which is no surprise from a Belichick-led team — but the offense has looked like it is setting the sport back 20 years.

As the 2023 season comes to a close, is Belichick’s job as a head coach and general manager in jeopardy? The Sporting News has you covered with the latest updates below.

Is Bill Belichick retiring?

Belichick has not indicated he intends to retire after the 2023 season. He has not indicated anything about his future at all, as you would expect from the no-nonsense head coach.

However, it is worth noting that Belichick is 27 regular season wins — about three .500 seasons’ worth — away from catching Don Shula for the most by a head coach in NFL history.

If that were a record Belichick had on his head coaching bucket list before he hangs up the clipboard, he’ll be sticking around beyond 2023.

Is Bill Belichick leaving the Patriots?

Even with rumors popping up every day about Belichick’s Patriots tenure potentially coming to a close after this season, there has been no concrete evidence that his time in New England is over.

There were reports that Belichick signed an extension with the Patriots this past offseason, keeping him under contract in New England through the 2024 season.

When Belichick was asked about his future with the franchise ahead of Week 15, he delivered the most typical answer possible, “I’m getting ready for Kansas City. That’s what I’m doing.”

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When team owner and long-time friend Robert Kraft was asked about a potentially tough decision at the end of the season when Gillette Stadium hosted College GameDay for Army vs. Navy, he gave a non-answer.

“Well, it’s all about people,” Kraft said. “Collecting good people. People of good character. People who are loyal. I’m very happy that most of our key people have been with us a long time. You know, we have a head coach who’s been with us 24 years. I think that’s the longest-serving head coach. But that’s the model we have in all our companies, to try to pick the best people.”

There is a possibility that Belichick could relinquish his GM role but remain the Patriots head coach. There is a chance Kraft could elect to trade Belichick to get something in return for arguably the greatest head coach of all time. There is also a chance New England will relieve him of both of his duties after 24 fruitful seasons.

It is unknown which direction the Patriots will go with their long-time head coach, but it is clear that there will need to be some type of conversation as the franchise reaches a breaking point following the 2023 season.

Bill Belichick age

Belichick is 71 years old, born on April 16, 1952.

Next season will be his 30th as an NFL head coach, starting with the Cleveland Browns as a 39-year-old back in 1991.

Bill Belichick next team odds

If Belichick does not end up back in New England, there have been a few teams that have been rumored to have interest in the future Hall of Famer’s services.

Chargers

Belichick was linked to the Chargers job even before Brandon Staley was fired and now that there’s a head coach opening, it could make some sense. ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported as recently as Dec. 20 that “the Chargers could be a place Bill Belichick might want to go if the Patriots do in fact move on from him.”

With a young star QB in Justin Herbert, star WR Keenan Allen and talented defensive pieces like Joey Bosa and Derwin James, Belichick would already have a core group in place to turn Los Angeles’ franchise around.

Raiders

The Raiders parted ways with Belichick’s understudy Josh McDaniels earlier this season. Even though Antonio Pierce has done a solid job in the interim head coaching role, owner Mark Davis could have his eyes on the future Hall of Fame head coach to get the most out of talented players like Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs and Maxx Crosby.

Also, there have been plenty of rumors about Tom Brady buying a minority stake in the Raiders, and we know what type of successful history he and Belichick have together.

Commanders

The Commanders have struggled in four seasons under head coach Ron Rivera, going 26-37-1 with one playoff appearance back in 2020 despite finishing under .500.

If Washington’s new ownership group felt it was time for a change, Belichick would be the type of high-profile candidate it could use to bring some attention to the franchise.

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