It turns out the Atlanta Falcons weren't the only team to talk to Bill Belichick about its open head coach job.
The Washington Commanders also spoke to the six-time Super Bowl champion, and he even had some support from people inside the organization, The Athletic's Dianna Russini reported Thursday. But like the Falcons, the Commanders opted to go in a different direction. Washington hired Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on Thursday to be their next head coach.
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The Commanders were the final team with a head coach vacancy. So unless something unforeseen transpires over the next few weeks or months, it looks like Belichick will be without a head coach job entering the 2024 season. Belichick reportedly had two interviews with the Falcons, but they ultimately chose to hire Raheem Morris as their next head coach.
Belichick is not the only notable coach who didn't land a job this cycle, though. Several high-profile names are unemployed or remain in their current jobs.
It might not be the worst outcome for Belichick.
He could take a year off and recharge the batteries after spending the last 24 years as head coach of the New England Patriots. He could also opt to take a TV job for one of the major networks that carries NFL games.
Belichick is just 15 wins away from breaking Don Schula's all-time record. Whether he will get a chance to coach again and continue his pursuit of that record remains to be seen.