New England Patriots HC Bill Belichick to Receive Medal of Freedom on Thursday: Report

by Joe Rutland

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick is reportedly going to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday.

Belichick would be another person in a list of people to receive awards in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s presidency.

The Patriots usually would be a part of the NFL playoffs right now, but their season ended with a 7-9 record. They finished in third place in the AFC East, a division that they’ve had a stranglehold on for years.

He’s been the head coach at New England since 2000 and has amassed quite a record. His teams have won six Super Bowl championships along with three AFC Championships. Belichick previously served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns between 1991-95 but didn’t have a lot of success during his tenure.

Belichick has a career coaching record of 280-136, including an amazing 244-92 mark in New England alone.

Skip Bayless Says Bill Belichick Is ‘Getting Exposed’

Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless says Belichick and his dynasty in New England are “getting exposed” this season.

Bayless says losing longtime starting quarterback Tom Brady is one reason. Brady now plays in Tampa Bay.

“The problem is that Tom Brady camouflaged all of Belichick’s blunders in personnel decisions,” Bayless said.

“All of his draft swings and misses and free agent swings and misses…all of the things he got away with under Brady, he is no longer getting away with. In the end, he does not have a quarterback.”

Despite being one of the NFL’s most successful coaches in league history, the blame is piling up on Belichick. The multi-time NFL Super Bowl-winning coach cannot seem to get his team pointed in the right direction. Numerous NFL analysts have pointed to the coach’s inability to adapt at the quarterback position.

Cam Newton Is Tired of Sucking With Patriots

This season, former Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Cam Newton took Brady’s place and it didn’t work out too well.

The Patriots suffered one of their worst losses in Belichick’s era during the season, falling 38-9 to the Buffalo Bills. That loss secured a losing record for Belichick and the Pats.

Newton says in an interview that he’s just “tired of sucking” with the Patriots.

“Simple. As a competitor, you know what your standard is,” Newton said. “Taking pride in your way, that’s what it comes down to.”

The former Heisman Trophy winner places much of the blame for the Patriots’ struggles squarely on his shoulders. Meanwhile, he has not shied away from criticism and admits to being “extremely disappointed” for some of his recent performances. 

“You not being able to hold your head up because you’re thinking too much,” Newton says.

H/T: Politico, Pro Football Talk