( – BREAKING NOW: Signaling a new chapter in the professional life of one of the most accomplished NFL legends in history, Bill Belichick’s illustrious coaching era with the New England Patriots has reached its end.

As reported by, the decision to part ways comes after a season full of speculation about Belichick’s future, with the Patriots concluding a disappointing 4-13 record and missing the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons.

Belichick’s tenure with the Patriots spans 24 years and has been nothing short of historic. Marked by six Super Bowl victories, this is a testament to his grand status as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, coaches in NFL history. His overall record with the Patriots stands at an impressive 266-121, complemented by 31 playoff victories.

At 71, Belichick shows no signs of retiring. He is just 15 wins shy of matching Don Shula’s record for the most combined regular season and playoff victories by an NFL head coach. His departure from the Patriots followed a series of discussions with team owner Robert Kraft, ending in a mutually agreed decision. The departure will be formally announced at a press conference.

Speculation about Belichick’s next move points to the Atlanta Falcons, which recently parted ways with Arthur Smith, as a potential new coaching destination. Meanwhile, the Patriots are considering options for Belichick’s successor, with inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo as a leading candidate. Other possible replacements include Mike Vrabel, recently dismissed by the Tennessee Titans, and figures with prior Patriots connections like Brian Flores and Josh McDaniels.

Belichick’s journey in the NFL is storied, beginning with the Patriots in 1996 as an assistant head coach and defensive backs coach under Bill Parcells. He followed Parcells to the New York Jets, serving in a similar capacity.

In a dramatic turn of events, Belichick resigned from his brief tenure as head coach of the Jets in 2000 via a famously brief resignation note, leading to his appointment as the head coach of the Patriots, a role that cemented his legacy.

The Patriots had to compensate the Jets with a first-round pick for acquiring Belichick, who had initially made a name for himself as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants from 1985-1990, winning two Super Bowls, before a less successful four-year stint as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

As Belichick enters the open market, the NFL awaits the next chapter of this legendary coach’s career.