Bill Belichick confirms he’ll return to Patriots in 2022, says it was never a ‘year-to-year’ decision

After a disappointing loss to Buffalo to end his season, there is a high probability that changes will come to New England. Whether it’s coaching or roster composition or another facet remains to be seen, but since Tom Brady left, the team is 17-16 and hasn’t won a playoff game in three years.

One constant that will remain, however, is Bill Belichick, as the soon-to-be 70-year-old confirmed on Monday that he will be back on the sidelines for 2022 when speaking with the Greg Hill Show.

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Belichick’s full interview can be found here.

There seemed to be discussions that Belichick was operating year after year, but he quickly dismissed it, saying that it never was.

“Nobody ever said it was from year to year or anything like that,” he said. “I enjoy the job I have and I try to do my best to help the team. That’s what I’ve always done and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”

Belichick admitted there are challenges that come with the job, whether it’s coaches leaving for greener pastures, players retiring or going into free agency and a host of other things. But it’s also those challenges where Belichick seems to enjoy the work.

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“For me, I enjoy the work,” Belichick said. “It’s challenging, but I enjoy every aspect of it. Robert and Jonathan [Kraft] They have been very supportive and have given me a great opportunity to try to do the things that we need to do to have a good team. I think we certainly made improvements from where we were last year, but we certainly have a way to go as well.”

Some of that growth Belichick alluded to was with the younger players on the team, not just rookie quarterback Mac Jones.

“The coverage, the looks, the passing, the defense, they’re much better than they were in college, so they’re just experiencing those things,” he said. “We can talk about them and put diagrams on the board, but actually being out there dealing with it is a whole other level.”