The Atlanta Falcons made headlines in the NFL world by selecting former Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris as their new head coach, passing over big names like Bill Belichick and Mike Vrabel. According to CBS Sports Lead NFL Insider Jonathan Jones, one source revealed that Morris “killed the interview” and impressed Atlanta’s leadership. However, rumors suggest that Belichick may have been the Falcons’ first choice.
During a recent segment on WFAN’s “Boomer and Gio,” Boomer Esiason shared insight from an NFL executive who claimed that Falcons owner Arthur Blank had extended a job offer to Belichick. Esiason stated, “Supposedly, Arthur Blank was bought in to Bill Belichick, and could have offered him the job.” This revelation raises the question: Did Belichick turn down the opportunity to coach the Falcons?
Esiason further elaborated on the situation: “I don’t know why guys say no, but legitimately, an NFL executive basically told me that they believe that Arthur Blank offered Bill the job.” This revelation suggests that Belichick may have declined the offer for unspecified reasons.
If the Falcons had hired Belichick, it would have raised several questions about the terms of his contract, his role within the organization, and the financial aspects of the deal. However, Esiason indicated that these potential concerns did not seem to be deal-breakers.
“The way it was made sound to me was like, OK, I understand your concerns, but you’re going to have to deal with some of this. And we want you to come in. We want you to be the coach”, he said.
Esiason says Belichick will wait for next year job openings
Esiason also speculated on Belichick’s thought process, suggesting that he may have opted for a year away from coaching to explore potential opportunities in the future. Esiason said: “And just maybe said, you know what, I don’t want to go right back in. I want a year away, I want to see what happens because we all know there will be about five or six job openings next year.”
Looking ahead, it remains to be seen if an NFL team will grant Belichick a similar level of control and authority that he had during his tenure with the New England Patriots. As Belichick approaches his 72nd birthday in April, he remains a prominent figure in the league, with the potential to make a significant impact in future coaching opportunities.