Bill Belichick doesn’t need validation. He already has that credit line. He also knows that he outlasted Bill Polian, a counterpart who always had the Patriots as a target. Furthermore, he knows he wouldn’t leave a team in shambles.
The Patriots rebuild on the fly. There isn’t room for a losing season. In 2008, Belichick lost Tom Brady in the first game of the year, but went on to post an 11-5 record. It was hailed as one of his many great coaching years.
The Patriots, up until that point were in the same boat as the Colts, if Brady goes down - look out below.