The New York Giants played a central role in the start of Bill Belichick’s career. While the storied franchise is an important chapter in the future Hall of Famer’s legacy, it appears Belichick’s sentiment towards the franchise has changed significantly in recent years.
Belichick, who turns 72 in April, has been floated as a Giants’ coaching candidate in 2025 if Brian Daboll is retired. It seemed like a natural fit, providing the eight-time Super Bowl champion an opportunity to coach the franchise he spent a decade with as an assistant and defensive coordinator.
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However, New York might not be an option after all. Even if the Giants disappoint in 2024 and Daboll is let go, Belichick’s opinion of the Giants’ organization has dramatically changed. Of even greater concern for New York, it appears he’s telling everyone who will listen to be careful with the current regime.
Appearing on the Breaking Big Blue podcast, ESPN’s Jordan Raanan disclosed that Belichick’s opinion of the Giants’ organization has worsened over the years and he’s started warning others about working for New York.
“I’ve heard this multiple times over the past five, six, seven years. And it’s a dirty little secret, maybe, about Bill Belichick and the Giants.I don’t think he looks at the Giants the same way he used to look at the Giants when he was here.”Jordan Raanan on the relationship between Bill Belichick, New York Giants (H/T Giants Wire)
Bill Belichick reportedly lacks faith in New York Giants leadership
Raanan noted that Belichick had a strong relationship with Wellington Mara and that same connection and trust doesn’t exist with John Mara and Steve Tisch. While New York’s defensive coordinator from 1985-’90 reportedly still reflects fondly on his memories as a Giants’ coach, he isn’t nearly as high on the current state of the franchise and the people running it.
Not only that, but Belichick has reportedly warned confidants and up-and-coming coaches that he doesn’t trust the Giants’ organization. As Raanan explained, New York’s public reputation is in direct contrast with what Belichick told those inside the NFL about the current leadership.
“Over the years, Bill Belichick has given advice to people . . . that he didn’t really like the setup of the Giants organization. Like, he didn’t think the Giants (were) this great organization. Bill Belichick, like everybody else watching from the outside (and) watching the way it’s set up, doesn’t think — at least this is what I’ve heard — it’s this great organization in its current iteration. He’s directly told that to people — be careful about the organization and their setup and the way it’s run. That’s happened”Jordan Raanan on Bill Belichick’s message to other NFL coaches about the New York Giants (H/T Giants Wire)
Barring unforeseen changes in the Giants’ leadership, it appears extremely doubtful that Belichick would consider a return to the team. Of even greater concern for New York, if it is seeking a new head coach in 2025, would be the warnings Belichick is giving to his peers.