With the New England Patriots falling short against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in the AFC Championship game, a lot of questions are starting to be asked about the future of the franchise with some big-name players set to hit the free agent market and head coach Bill Belichick possibly considering calling it a career.
Although Belichick hasn’t indicated at any point during the season or throughout the NFL playoffs that he intended to retire or move on, the five-time Super Bowl (two as an assistant) made it clear that he intends to return next season via WEEI.com:
“I’ll be here,” Bill Belichick announced toward the end of his season-ending press conference with the media at Gillette Stadium. “You’ll have to deal with me again next year. I know that’s disappointing for a lot of you. Until I’m told otherwise, I plan on being here.”
Along with Belichick’s future with the team, cornerback Aqib Talib and wide receiver Wes Welker have also been asked what their intentions are heading into free agency. Both players remain uncertain about their immediate futures while not ruling out a return to New England.
So despite an impressive 12-4 regular season and another appearance in the AFC Championship game, the future of the team remains up in the air with some potentially big changes on the horizon. Belichick claims he’s not going anywhere and will be coaching next season, but with the team remaining quiet on their intentions with Talib and Welker, New England may be willing to let arguably their two best players on each side of the football walk in free agency.
The future may be uncertain in New England, but the Patriots organization is arguably the best in the league in staying legitimate Super Bowl title contenders despite roster changes. New England will likely be fine regardless of changes that may be around the corner.