Report: Bill Belichick "sees an opening" with Giants HC job
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The New York Daily News' Gary Myers is reporting that Pats head coach Bill Belichick "sees an opening" in the Giants head coaching vacancy and might leave New England to take it this offseason.
“I’m sure Bill knows this is his last chance to be the Giants coach,” a source close to Belichick said Friday. “Bill sees an opening — an opening to get to the Giants.”
The source has not spoken to Belichick since the story came out, but is very familiar with The Hoodie’s desire to coach the Giants.
The source also said he’s not certain if the reported friction and tension in New England will prompt Belichick to force his way out, but if he does, he said he is certain, “The Giants are the only place he wants to be.”
Is this going to happen? In a word, no. There are a lot of problems with the anonymous source quoted--chief among them being that he hasn't talked to Belichick since Seth Wickersham's ESPN hit piece broke--and no one actually knows whether or not Belichick's contract is up after this season. If he's a "free agent," might he entertain thoughts of going back to his "home" franchise? Sure. But if he's still under contract with the Pats, there's zero chance the team would trade him away.
Complicating the situation significantly is that Belichick would be entering a massive rebuilding project, and would have to answer to new GM Dave Gettleman in New York. Unless he's granted complete control over personnel (which he wouldn't be), and unless he could find a new QB in the draft and instantly turn around the team (which would be hard, even for a wizard like Belichick), there's no real incentive to leave the Pats. Additionally, ESPN's Adam Schefter has stated that he believes Belichick will stay in New England after this season. With all this evidence in mind, it's hard to believe the Bill-to-Giants report is anything more than a baseless rumor.