The Patriots will spend a week in Los Angeles as they play the Chargers on Sunday followed by the Rams on Thursday. Besides preparing for those two important games, perhaps Head Coach Bill Belichick can look at the Southern California real estate market.
Why? Hear me out.
The Chargers are one of the most perplexing teams in the NFL. The last two seasons they are a combined 8-19 despite outgaining their opponents by nearly 1,500 yards during that 27 game stretch
Since the start of the 2019 season, the Chargers have lost 16 one-possession games, including overtime losses to Kansas City and New Orleans this season.
They have talent but are poorly coached. Add Bill Belichick to the equation and the Chargers would go from perplexing to a contender.
While Tom Brady in Tampa Bay is trying to show that he was more important than Belichick during the Patriots’ dynastic run, the “Hoodie” wants to prove he was the straw that stirred that championship drink.
Belichick could go to the Chargers where he would have his franchise quarterback in place in uber-talented rookie Justin Herbert. The offense has a bevy of weapons including wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, tight end Hunter Henry and running back Austin Ekeler. On Defense, Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Derwin James give the Chargers an All-Pro caliber player at each level.
Two of the many areas that Belichick excels is crafting a strong offensive line and putting together “special” special teams. Two areas of weakness for the Chargers. In star-studded Los Angeles, Belichick would give the Chargers instant cache.
The biggest area of concern in this scenario is if the notoriously cheap Spanos family would write the huge check needed to lure Belichick from the East Coast to the West Coast?
Since no one knows Belichick’s contract status with the Patriots, the Chargers may have to send draft capital to New England to make this happen. Whatever the treasure trove of draft picks needed to put Belichick in powder blue would be well worth it for a Chargers franchise that has appeared in one Super Bowl, which represents eleven fewer than Belichick has been to as an assistant or head coach during his extraordinary career.
Belichick trails the late Don Shula by 38 wins on the all-time regular season and post-season wins list. Going to a franchise with an already made franchise quarterback gives him the best chance to surpass Shula as the winningest head coach in NFL history. A record that is important to Belichick.
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