On Thursday, the NFL announced that the Monday Night matchup between the hapless New England Patriots and the Super Bowl Favorite Kansas City Chiefs has been flexed.
It has to be the worst of times in New England for Patriots fans and their players. With a primetime matchup set a week from Monday at Gillette Stadium, the Boston-based team gets the first-ever Monday Night Football flex, despite hosting the defending Super Bowl Champs, the Kansas City Chiefs.
How bad is it in New England? So bad there is more than chatter surrounding the future of Head Coach, Bill Belichick. Could this be his last year with the Patriots? If I’m Owner, Robert Kraft, it’s clear his head coach has nothing more to give the Patriots.
After all, Belichick brought six Super Bowl Trophies to New England, nurtured and comprised his relationship with Quarterback, Tom Brady building a 20-year dynasty that will never be duplicated. However, as with all things in the NFL, the right business move is to trade Belichick to another NFL team.
I do know this if Brady was still the Patriots quarterback and they rolled into this primetime matchup with a 2-9 record, ESPN would not have changed the matchup. Instead, the Chiefs and Patriots will play a noon central game on Sunday, December 17th.
Back to GOAT Coach, it might be easier said than done for Kraft to get rid of him. Belichick is the NFL’s highest-paid coach at $25 Million per year. It makes you wonder what Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach, Andy Reid, who comes in at $10.5M per year is worth to the organization.
Either way, the fact ESPN flexed this game despite the potential for strong ratings, tells you everything you need to know as to why they made the game change. the Patriots stink!
In its place, the Philadelphia Eagles will play the Seattle Seahawks on the road.