Bill Belichick wants to return for his 24th season as head coach of the New England Patriots.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a letter to season-ticket holders on Monday vowing to evaluate all elements of the organization. The Patriots wrapped the 2022 season without a spot in the playoffs and ended the campaign with a record of 8-9 following the Week 18 loss to the AFC East champion Buffalo Bills.
Belichick said he would like to be back in 2023 but knows changes are necessary to keep pace in the division. In addition to the Bills, the AFC East produced a wild-card team in the Miami Dolphins.
He said the Patriots will “evaluate everything and try to make the best decisions we can to move forward and be competitive, to have a stronger team in the future.”
Belichick turns 71 in April and said the organization turns the page quickly to fixing what didn’t work after missing the playoffs.
“That’s not our goal,” he said Monday. “Robert and I will talk about that, we’ll talk about that as a staff, and certainly individual conversations with many of the players as we always do.
“All the players. But there are some that are obviously more urgent or will be more timely than others. … We need to have better results and that’s really the bottom line.”
–Field Level Media