This has not been a good week for New England fans (trust me.) Although Josh McDaniels decided to pull a fast one on the Colts, leaving them vulnerable to memes for the foreseeable future, his decision has some people wondering what his actual motive was.
One popular theory has McDaniels only returning because he was promised the head coaching job after Bill Belichick leaves. One would imagine he’d only agree to do that if he didn’t have to wait very long.
One sportsbook appears to be buying in on that theory, conspiracy, or whatever you want to call it. One sportsbook has posted odds on what team Belichick will be coaching for in 2019 and the Patriots are not the favorites.
- New York Giants +125
- New England Patriots +200
- Dallas Cowboys +400
- New York Jets +750
- Green Bay Packers +1500
- Indianapolis Colts +2500
- San Francisco 49ers +3000
- Chicago Bears +4000
- Cleveland Browns +5000
- Field +2000
- Not NFL head coach +750
Certainly the list is a cause for concern if you are a New Englander, but the Brady/Belichick duo can’t remain intact forever (I think.)
Of course, all the drama began late in the season when ESPN’s Seth Wickersham published a lengthy article detailing the turmoil between Belichick, Brady, and Bob Kraft. Much of it revolved around the team’s trading of Jimmy Garoppolo, the potential future franchise QB before he was dealt to San Francisco.
The general consensus is that Belichick did not want to trade Garoppolo, but that Brady pressured Kraft into making the deal.
With Belichick’s interesting (and frustrating) decision to sit Malcolm Butler for the entire Super Bowl, even more questions are being asked and Belichick is silent as usual.
It sure would be ironic if he returned to the Giants, the team that beat him twice in the Super Bowl. The odds currently display about a 45% chance he bolts to New York. Belichick won two Super Bowls as their defensive coordinator under the Big Tuna, Bill Parcells, so crazier things have happened.
It is important to note, these odds are created by people who have no control over what Belichick does and have no idea what he is thinking, but they believe there is only a one-in-three shot he returns to New England in 2019. They also posted Super Bowl odds for that year, in which the Patriots have the third best odds at 8/1.
America’s team, the Cowboys, are third at 4/1 to bring in Belichick. I’m not really sure why someone would take a team he has no ties to at just a 4/1 payout, but then again, I probably wouldn’t bet on anything expect the Patriots or retirement.
Yes, that’s right, retirement. Well, I guess he could be coaching in college, but “not an NFL head coach” is listed at +750. He doesn’t really have anything left to prove, but the key may be that some people believe that he wants to win a championship as a head coach without Tom Brady. There have always been those bar-type discussions…who’s more important to the Pats? Brady or Belichick? I guess coaching another team or coaching the Pats without Brady is our only way to truly find out.
Don’t forget about the Colts at 25/1. Now that would be ironic. The Colts get screwed over by McDaniels only to land Belichick the following season…
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