How Bill Belichick Handled Latest Questions About Retirement Timeline

'Yeah, I'm just worried about Miami'

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August 29, 2022

It’s the question all New England Patriots fans want to be answered: When will Bill Belichick retire?

Well, we still don’t know, and probably won’t know until the day Belichick feels like announcing it. The 70-year-old certainly doesn’t seem like someone who’d be interested in retirement tours and the pomp and circumstance that come with them.

Nevertheless, Belichick was asked to reveal his retirement timeline Monday morning during an appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” program. His answer wasn’t remotely surprising.

“Yeah, I’m just worried about Miami,” he said multiple times.

“I don’t have any answers,” Belichick said when pressed further. “So, there’s nothing I can say. I don’t have any like, one-year plan, five-year plan, 10-year plan. I don’t know.”

When asked whether he still “enjoys” coaching, Belichick added: “I do. I enjoy all aspects of the year. Whether it’s the team-building, game-planning, gameday, practice, offseason studies and trying to improve. Each part of it’s challenging, free agency. It’s all interesting, it’s all challenging. I’ve great people to work with. Great support from ownership, our personnel staff, coaching staff, our training staff. … I’ve got a lot of confidence in everybody I’m working with.”

So, what still motivates Belichick, a future Hall-of-Famer who has nothing left to prove in the NFL?

“Just the competition in the NFL. It doesn’t really matter what your position is, if you’re in the NFL, you’re competing at a high level. … It’s very challenging.”

Belichick hardly looked like someone playing out the string during training camp. The Patriots head coach was as hands-on as ever, and multiple reports indicate his work ethic remains unmatched.

Belichick will begin his 22nd season at the helm of the Patriots on Sept. 11 when New England visits the Miami Dolphins.

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