If there's one universal, eternal rule that governs sports (and really life in general), it's to always expect the unexpected. That's especially true when it comes to the NY Jets.
This franchise has seemingly made it their goal to defy expectations in the unlikeliest — and sometimes most outlandish and hilarious — ways. Never say never with the Jets organization.
That's why, in some twisted, messed-up future world, there is a reality where Bill Belichick is the head coach of the New York Jets in 2025. No, it likely won't be our reality — nor should it be. But it's undoubtedly a possibility.
Belichick seemed like a lock for the Atlanta Falcons' head coach opening as recently as a few days ago. That was until the Falcons hired Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris to be their new head coach on Thursday.
Suddenly, Belichick is without an obvious landing spot and might take a year off from coaching this year. That could present a perfect opportunity for the football stars to align and land Belichick a head-coaching job in Florham Park.
Could Bill Belichick really be the NY Jets' next head coach?
The Falcons were the only team to schedule an interview with Belichick this coaching cycle. The only two remaining teams without a head coach, the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Commanders, don't have any plans to interview Belichick by all accounts.
It seems highly likely at this stage that Belichick will not be given a head coaching job this season. And with the Jets' entire regime on the hot seat entering the season, there's a very real chance the team cleans house at the end of the year.
If the Jets fall short of expectations again in 2024 and miss the postseason, that will likely spell the end of Robert Saleh's tenure in New York. The Jets would enter the 2025 offseason with a head coach opening, and one name would be at the top of every team's prospective list.
Of course, the history between the two sides is impossible to ignore. Belichick infamously resigned as head coach of the Jets in January of 2000, one day after being given the job. He would go on to spend the next 23 years tormenting the team he once looked set to lead.
A lot has happened since then. The Jets have gone to multiple AFC Championship Games and embarked on the longest playoff drought in professional American sports. The Patriots, under Belichick's watch, put together one of the greatest dynasties the sport has ever seen.
The Jets have cycled through failed quarterback after failed quarterback. They've traded for multiple former Green Bay Packers MVPs. All the while, Belichick has remained their No. 1 adversary.
He's been the villain in the last handful of chapters in Jets history. The Jets' quarterbacks have changed, their rosters have changed, and their regimes have changed. Belichick has been the constant.
Their paths have crossed time and time again. Belichick and the Jets will forever be connected in their shared history with one another — none of it particularly pleasant.
But what if, by some cruel twist of football irony, Belichick ends his coaching career by returning to the Jets as their head coach? Ignore logic and reason for a moment. Think about the storyline.
Bill Belichick will likely find a new home as a coach next year, and it's almost certainly not going to be with the Jets. But in one of those alternate realities, Belichick adds one final twist to his storied coaching career and takes over the team he antagonized for decades.
It might not be our reality, but it's a scenario worth mentioning.