5 Candidates to Replace New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick

By Willis Patenaude

5 Candidates to Replace New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick

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At some point, the coaching career of Bill Belichick will to come to an end and the New England Patriots will need to find a replacement. Unfortunately, they probably won’t have Tom Brady to sell it as a desirable job. However, they are a classy organization that gives their coaches every opportunity to succeed, so there should be plenty of options to choose from. Here are five candidates they should consider as replacements for Bill Belichick.

5. Tim Tebow

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5. Tim Tebow

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You can argue with his skill level, but not his football aptitude and his name alone garners instant media attention. He was the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, won the BCS Championship, SEC Championship, and has NFL playoff experience. Simply put, Tebow has won everywhere he has been, except for the Jets, because no one wins with them. As the old adage says, those who can’t do, teach.

4. Bill O’Brien

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4. Bill O’Brien

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He has experience in New England as wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator, so he understands the pressure to win. He also knows what it takes to replace a legend, when he replaced Joe Paterno at Penn State amidst the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He amassed a 15-9 overall record with those NCAA sanction-obliterated teams. He currently coaches the Houston Texans, but the Patriots would be a higher profile job.

3. Tom Brady

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3. Tom Brady

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It’s unlikely, but just imagine the “Golden Boy” going from the huddle to the sidelines to carry on his legacy. One of the most decorated quarterbacks in NFL history; he’d have instant credibility, fan respect and media attention. He’d also know how to fix every mistake Belichick ever made when it comes to surrounding a QB with viable weapons. Maybe a Brady-coached defense wouldn’t choke under the pressure like a Belichick one.

2. Josh McDaniels

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2. Josh McDaniels

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The Patriots offensive coordinator during the undefeated regular season of 2007, he is also the heir apparent to the coaching throne. While his last stint as a head coach with the Denver Broncos was a disaster, -- he went 11-17 before being fired -- that can be explained away as youthful naivety and exuberance. He is older, wiser and would be more comfortable in New England and have the full support of team owner Robert Kraft.

1. Chris Peterson

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1. Chris Peterson

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Many people thought he would never leave Boise State, but he did, so there is a possibility the NFL could be next. He went 92-12 and 5-2 in bowl games at Boise and won with inferior talent against the more heralded programs, so he can win with anybody. The former college QB and two-time winner of the “Bear” Bryant Award, he is an offensive innovator and in an offense-centric NFL, he would be the perfect fit.

Willis Patenaude is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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