Bill Belichick not having an NFL team after the Washington Commanders chose Dan Quinn was one of the more surprising storylines of the young NFL offseason. Few imagined one of the winningest coaches in NFL history not having a team to lead on the sideline by September.
Many believed that the former New England Patriots coach would be getting the nod as one of the last elite NFL coaches without a team to call home. However, he will have to spend the offseason on the sidelines, while the Commanders revealed the reason for their decision to look another way.
Washington Commanders preferred Dan Quinn over Bill Belichick
Garrett Carr of BroBible wrote about the team’s eventual decision to leave the respected head coach out of the sidelines of the Washington Commanders.
Belichick received support from a number of the team’s decision-makers when he was still linked with the job. However, it most likely went into a vote, and the team chose to go with Quinn.
It’s a surprising decision to ignore a head coach who oversaw the domination of the New England Patriots over the NFL for more than 20 years. During his 24-year reign at Foxborough, he had a 65% win percentage in the regular season and an even more impressive 71% playoff win clip.
Detractors will say that Tom Brady is a major factor behind the hire, and Belichick’s final years with the Patriots without Brady seem to validate the point. He never got Mac Jones to perform to the levels Brady did when he was under center for the Pats, and the team was struggling to maintain control of an AFC East that was once dancing to their tune.
However, it’s also important to remember that Brady would have never won six of his seven Super Bowl rings without Belichick. They were a match made in football heaven, and it was a treat to see the two of them at the top of their game.
With Belichick now seemingly spending the season on the sidelines, teams will likely look for his phone number should their coaches fail to live up to expectations.
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