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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick plans to continue coaching as he approaches 70

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Invoice Belichick, who turns 70 in April, mentioned he nonetheless needs to teach in 2022 and can start the method of shifting ahead after his New England Patriots workforce was rocked by the Buffalo Bills 47-17 within the wild-card spherical of the AFC playoffs Saturday evening.

Belichick, the NFL’s longest-tenured head coach, notably as soon as mentioned he did not plan to teach into his 70s like former Payments coach Marv Levy. He later softened these remarks.

Requested Sunday morning whether or not it is secure to say he needs to return subsequent season, he replied: “I would say that will be correct.”

Upon the workforce’s return residence from Orchard Park, New York, Belichick held a 30-minute season-ending video convention by which he mirrored on the Patriots’ 10-8 marketing campaign, his twenty second as head coach. He mentioned he deliberate to take “an extended view” whereas noting that the blowout loss was troubling.

“You may argue there have been parts of final evening’s recreation in another video games, however final evening’s recreation was the least aggressive recreation we performed,” he mentioned. “Is that what we’re? Or is {that a} dangerous evening? We’ll see after we begin taking part in once more subsequent yr, I suppose.”

The Payments, who’ve gained the AFC East every of the previous two seasons, scored touchdowns on their first seven drives, turning into the primary workforce to ever achieve this in a playoff recreation.

Belichick famous the “ups and downs” of the Patriots’ season, which included a 2-4 begin and a seven-game profitable streak earlier than they sputtered down the stretch, dropping three of their remaining 4 regular-season video games.

“Actually final evening’s recreation was necessary and I am not in any approach attempting to reduce that, however on the similar time, there are 17 different significant video games, so 18 in all, that I feel we actually want to take a look at and see how we are able to do a greater job of the whole lot — teaching, taking part in, schematically, no matter changes we have to make there,” Belichick mentioned. “That will probably be a radical course of, because it all the time is.”

Belichick publicly thanked his gamers, coaches and assist employees for his or her work, saying he appreciated their “capacity to regulate and professionally do issues and do issues the fitting approach.”

Requested about rookie quarterback Mac Jones, who began all 18 video games, Belichick mentioned: “Mac helped us so much. I sit up for working with him subsequent yr.”

Belichick has a profession file of 321-156 (together with playoffs) and is the one head coach in NFL historical past to win six Tremendous Bowl championships. He’s third behind Don Shula (347) and George Halas (324) on the profession wins record for head coaches.

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