Bill Belichick will return to coach Patriots in 2023, won't commit to QB Mac Jones as starter

Bill Belichick, who will turn 71 in April, told the media on Monday that he will return to coach the New England Patriots in 2023, marking his 24th season on the job.

There was no fanfare around Belichick's announcement, which is par for the course. For him, there's no other way.

He spared barely eight words on the actual announcement before saying this offseason will be starting like any other. He'll meet with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the coaches and the players and then decide, as he said, "a comprehensive course of action." With the Pats finishing the season 8-9 and out of the playoffs, Belichick knows the team needs to improve.

Belichick won't commit to Jones as starter

There's one position where the Pats can obviously get better: quarterback. Mac Jones started 14 of 17 games, and "lackluster" would be too kind to describe his performance. His offensive line didn't always help him out, but Jones as starting QB leaves a lot to be desired. (Like, a lot.)

Belichick is no fool. He knows what he has (and doesn't have) in Jones. So when he was asked about Jones starting at QB for the 2023 season, Belichick hedged hard and wouldn't commit.

Belichick also talked briefly about having Joe Judge and Matt Patricia on his staff, former Patriots assistant coaches who had gone out into the world to seek their own head coaching fortunes and were now back in the fold after being fired. Belichick admitted that maybe it wasn't the best thing for him to bring back those guys and give one of them (Patricia) the job of offensive coordinator.

Belichick always wants to do right by His Guys, but when branches of your coaching tree are cut off, maybe you shouldn't try to stick them back onto the tree with duct tape and a prayer.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick attends a news conference after their NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
Bill Belichick will return to coach the Patriots in 2023, marking his 24th season on the job. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)