Bill Belichick Open to Coaching Past 70

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick previously said he wasn't looking to coach into his 70s, but it sounds like he may be changing his mind.

In 2009, Belichick, 67, said on A Football Life that he didn't plan to follow in former Bills coach Mark Levy's footsteps and coach past the age of 70. However, during his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio WEEI, he said he's reconsidering it.

"When I said it, maybe I didn't know what 70 felt like," the New England Patriots coach said Monday during his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI. "So I'm not really sure if that's an accurate statement today or not. At the time, I didn't feel that way. Now that I'm closer to that age, I don't know."

Belichick reached 300 career wins as a head coach on Sunday against the Browns, joining Don Shula (347 wins) and George Halas (324) as only the third coach to reach the milestone.

It is no surprise that Belichick would want to keep coaching. The Patriots have won six Super Bowls since the team hired him as head coach in 2002. New England is currently 8–0, first in the AFC East and it looks very likely that they will be headed back to the playoffs this year.