Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 2/10/12

He said he didn’t want to coach forever, so he’ll never be Joe Paterno and go into his eighties. He’s no Bill Parcells, who looks to leave after shopping for the groceries and making sure the refrigerator is full. We figured that after his third Super Bowl win he would be gone.

It’s safe to say he’ll never coach anywhere else. So how long does Bill stay on board?

A very telling thing happened during the playoffs. Bill O’Brien accepted the Penn State job and suddenly Bill had a hole to fill.

As luck would have it, Josh McDaniels, one of Bill’s prized disciples was let go by the St. Louis Rams (okay the Patriots contacted the Rams for permission to talk to him). Eventually released, McDaniels returned to New England. Keep that in the back of your mind.

Would have Bill retired if he had won this past Super Bowl? Now that’s kind of stretching it, but we're trying to get a baseline going that winning four would have been enough for him to say adios.

With that being said, winning two now comes becomes a very plausible thought. Bill is a historian, and equaling and passing Chuck Noll to be the only coach to have five championships is still within his grasp. His teams are good, very good every year, so why not think that way?

So we have 2012 and 2013 locked up in time and give him pad in between those, and that brings us to four. Tom Brady has three more years on his deal, so maybe it could be three.

However, could you just see Bill saying “one more year to get it right” and Brady saying “yeah”? Plausible because we think Bill doesn’t want to coach any other quarterback other than Brady, so we’re going to go with three.

Now back to McDaniels, who has a two year contract and is the closest in similarities with Bill, being a coach’s son and all. We think he brought him back not only to be the offensive coordinator, but heir apparent to the throne.

So Bill will coach three more years, 2014 would be it if he just went on when everyone's contracts are up. That would make him 62, not yet in the senior club, but just short of the goal of winning five. He’ll get one more, but time isn’t his time.

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