No one person has been the author of more historically bad moments in NY Jets history than New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Even looking past all the Tom Brady destructions he helped organize, he's had the Jets' number in down years for the Pats.
Look no further than New England's infamous winning streak over the Jets, which goes back years and has helped serve as the breeding ground for many of the worst games Zach Wilson ever put on tape. Week 18's snow game featured two losing teams playing out the string with no stakes.
The Jets won a game in which neither team scored a touchdown in adverse weather conditions, beating the Patriots 17-3 and securing their first win against the Patriots since 2015 and their first against New England in regulation since the 2010 season. Robert Saleh ended the year on a high note.
Saleh also won what could be Belichick's final game in charge of the Patriots. Rather than riding off into the sunset, one of the most disliked figures in team history has to watch his NFL journey come to a close at the hands of a backup quarterback in a driving snowstorm. Draft positioning be damned, that's cool.
NY Jets beat Patriots 17-3 in possibly Bill Belichick's last game.
The Jets went into this game with the intent of running Breece Hall into the ground, and they did just that with 36 carries for 174 yards. Trevor Siemian only completed eight of his 20 passes for 70 yards, but the offense still managed to consistently grind out yards against a tough defense.
Belichick's undoing these last few years has been his quarterback play, and starting Bailey Zappe in a snow game basically put the difficulty on easy mode for the vaunted Jets defense. This unit only allowed 12 completions on 30 attempts from Zappe, while picking him off twice pushing them to 7-10 on the season.
There are conflicting reports over Belichick's status for next year, but it would surprise no one if the Patriots moved off a coach who will be 72 next season and hasn't made the playoffs in consecutive seasons. Belichick's tremendous Patriots career coming to an end at the hands of Siemian, Ashtyn Davis, and Xavier Gipson would be hilarious.
Saleh hasn't been able to take many scalps after the midway point in the season as head coach of the Jets, but he might be able to claim he was the one who unceremoniously oversaw the end of the Belichick era in New England. That's cool, no matter what your opinions on Saleh are.