New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been unable to shake off questions regarding his future with the team.
Whether he wins or loses, there are multiple questions each week asking whether he will stay or leave New England, and each week, he either ignores those questions or completely ignores them.
But on Tuesday, the legendary coach gave an unusually lengthy response about why he doesn't indulge in topics related to his future with the Patriots.
“No matter how successful I've been, I've tried to do my job the same way every week — win, lose, good years, bad years, whatever it is,” Belichick said, appearing on The Greg Hill Show. Via ESPN's Mike Reiss. “Every week, you get ready to go that week, do your best to help your team win, and after that game you move on to the next game. And at the end of the season, that's the end of the season.
“But on a weekly basis, I don't want to waste time, get caught up in what happened 5 years ago, or what's going to happen 2 years from now, and a bunch of other random things. Just working on the planes. … I'm committed to the team I'm coaching now, “And the players here. They deserve my best every day, and that's what I'll give them.”
Bill Belichick, L @TheGregHillShowafter answering several questions regarding the future and why he doesn't enjoy it: “No matter how much success I had, I tried to do my job the same way every week – winning, losing, good years, bad years, whatever they were.
– Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 2, 2024
Belichick's comments make sense considering there's a strong possibility he doesn't know what the future holds.
Everything will come back to him and owner Robert Kraft has to get together in a room and make a decision on how to move forward. None of that has happened yet.
So the best thing Belichick can do is leave the speculation to outsiders, while keeping his focus on winning football games. In many ways, he is practicing the same thing he has been preaching for years.
He's doing his job.