Mike Francesa threw out a massive hot take this morning.
The longtime WFAN host took to his show and was asked by a caller if he thought head coach Bill Belichick might leave the Patriots for another team.
Francesa said no, but then followed that up by stating Belichick almost left the franchise over the spygate scandal and it was only Robert Kraft’s endorsement of him that kept him around.
“Let me just tell you this: There were rumors, and I’m not going to tell you what team it was because it doesn’t matter now,” Francesa said. “There were rumors that he was thinking of leaving years ago, and that’s when he got in trouble with the league, and Kraft backed him to the moon. And I think that ended any chance of him leaving … they were going to suspend him, Kraft kept him from getting suspended and he was supposed to apologize and he didn’t, and that’s when he got into a rift with the commissioner because Belichick was supposed to apologize and he didn’t.
“But Kraft has backed him to the moon, and I think that ended any chance of him taking a huge-dollar offer another team, which I think could’ve happened at that point. I think now he and Brady will end their careers as Patriots, I’m not saying at the same time, I’m not saying he’ll leave when Tom leaves, but I think Tom will stay until he’s ready to leave as a Patriot, and I think Belichick will do the same. I doubt he will at this juncture go to another team. I doubt it. I think probably he will stay, now I don’t know how many years he’ll coach, he can coach as long as he wants, he’ll probably coach as long as it’s fun.”