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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick announces he is leaving the team during a press conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on January 11, 2024. Belichick, the NFL mastermind who has guided the New England Patriots to a record six Super Bowl titles as head coach, is parting ways with the team after 24 seasons. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

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Former New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick took a full-page ad out in Sunday’s Boston Globe to thank fans for supporting the team during his 24-year tenure.

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Page A3 of today’s <a href=”https://twitter.com/BostonGlobe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@BostonGlobe</a>: A thank you letter from Bill Belichick to fans. Tremendous <a href=”https://t.co/6ugTBV82hk”>pic.twitter.com/6ugTBV82hk</a>

The Patriots and Belichick parted ways last month after a 4-13 season, New England’s third losing campaign in four years since Tom Brady’s 2020 departure.

The Patriots and Belichick parted ways last month after a 4-13 season, New England’s third losing campaign in four years since Tom Brady’s 2020 departure. While the move was phrased in a way to honor Belichick’s legacy, it was owner Robert Kraft who decided to separate from his longtime coach and hire protege Jerrod Mayo to take his place.

Belichick interviewed for the Atlanta Falcons’ head-coaching vacancy that went to Raheem Morris, meaning he will not be on an NFL sideline for the first time since 1974. It’s fair to wonder if we’ve seen the last of Belichick as a coach entirely.

If Belichick does decide to turn his one year off into retirement, he’ll leave as the most decorated coach in NFL history. He won a record six Super Bowls and appeared in three more while capturing 17 AFC East championships.

Including playoffs, only Don Shula (347) has recorded more wins as a head coach than Belichick (333). It’s unclear if passing Shula carries any meaning to Belichick, who regularly spent his press conferences focusing on whatever opponent was in front of him that week rather than opining about his legacy.

Mayo will be tasked with taking over for a legend while also dealing with the mistakes of one who appeared well past his prime as a talent evaluator. The

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  • March 6, 2024