Was Bill Belichick close to returning to the Giants?
This is very interesting. Could the New York Giants have hired Bill Belichick in 2018?
ESPN’s Seth Wickersham was a guest onThe Harrison Vapnek Podcast (h/t 95.7 The Game) and mentioned that back in 2018 New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick ended up speaking to the Giants, Washington Football Team and Miami Dolphins about their head coaching vacancies.
“At the time, I think there was a sense that Brady wasn’t going anywhere and Bill left the impression that he might be open to a move. There were some reports that came out at the time that the Giants were looking at him. I think he talked to the Washington Football Team and the Dolphins about sort of their openings. And it was unclear whether he was interested or not, but he was still talking to them and subsequent reporting has only sort of shown how in that offseason, Brady skipped the offseason program for the first time in his career and he had just kind of had enough.”
According to Wickersham, it sounds like there was a power struggle between Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft, which almost made him leave.
Wiskersham wrote that “Belichick didn’t want to trade Garoppolo” and that he turned down all offers to get rid of him before the 2017 NFL season “when Garoppolo was in high demand.”
Of course the Giants fired former head coach Ben McAdoo during the 2017 season and former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo took over as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
It would have been cool for the Giants to bring Belichick back, but it of course didn’t happen. For now they’re doing pretty well with one of his former coaches in Joe Judge.
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