Few individuals have tormented the NY Jets more than longtime New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. The one-time Jets coach turned bitter rival has made a career out of terrorizing his division foes.
Now, his Patriots career could end the same way it started — by screwing over the Jets.
NBC Sports' Tom Curran reported on Tuesday that the Patriots have already decided that they will be moving on from Belichick at the end of the 2023 season. Patriots owner Robert Kraft reportedly made the decision following the team's Week 10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Belichick is currently the NFL's longest-tenured head coach, having spent the last 24 seasons in New England. But with his team sitting at 3-10 as the only AFC squad to be officially eliminated from playoff contention, it's clear that his time in New England is finally coming to an end.
Before Belichick leaves, however, he will have one final opportunity to play his most hated rival in what will likely go down as the last game of his Patriots (and perhaps NFL) career.
Bill Belichick might end his career against the NY Jets
When the Jets take on the Patriots in Week 18 next month, it will mark the 50th time in Belichick's career that he's faced the Jets as New England's head coach. He's 38-11 in 49 career games to this point, including a win over Gang Green back in Week 3.
Belichick and the Patriots have won their last 15 games against the Jets. It's been eight years since the Jets managed to defeat their rivals, making this one of the most one-sided rivalries in sports history.
In fact, the last time the Jets defeated Belichick and the Patriots without the benefit of overtime was in the 2010-11 playoffs. They haven't won a regular-season game in Foxborough since 2008.
If there ever was a year to do it, however, this would be the year. The Patriots are one of the worst teams in the NFL and arguably the only team with a worse offense all season than the Jets.
While the defense has battled through numerous key injuries, the Patriots' offense has remained mostly healthy, and they still rank dead last in the NFL with 13.0 points per game.
The Patriots allowed 10 or fewer points in three consecutive games from Week 11-13, and they lost all three games. That shouldn't be possible.
With that in mind, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Belichick is being forced out of town. Could this be the end of his NFL career? That much remains uncertain.
What has become increasingly clear, however, is that Belichick will almost definitely be coaching the final game of his historic Patriots career against his longtime rivals.
The Jets have an opportunity to put an end to decades of misery. They have an opportunity to right their wrongs and send Belichick into potential retirement with a stinging loss to his greatest adversary. You couldn't write a better story if you tried.