Dec 4, 2011; Foxborough, MA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (right) talks with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick before the game against at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

As Bill Belichick prepares to make his official media debut, the six-time Super Bowl champion head coach’s plans for the industry are coming into focus.

According to The Athletic’s Andrew Marchand, Belichick is expected to have a recurring role on ESPN’s Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli simulcast — better known as the “Manningcast” — throughout the 2024 season. While an agreement for the former New England Patriots head coach to join Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions has yet to be finalized, ESPN reported last week that one was expected to come to fruition with Marchand’s report noting that such a deal remains on track.

Belichick isn’t expected to take part in every edition of the “Manningcast,” but his presence on the simulcast will be a welcomed one. The 72-year-old is well known for his previous battles against Peyton’s Colts and Broncos teams in the AFC, while his Patriots lost two Super Bowls to Eli Manning and the Giants.

In addition to his recurring role on the “Manningcast,” Marchand reports that the three-time NFL Coach of the Year “could also be part of an undetermined football show with Omaha” and that “Belichick has discussed starting a podcast with different platforms.” Last month, Marchand reported that Belichick is expected to write a book in the coming year, which ESPN later reported will focus on leadership as opposed to being an autobiography or memoir.

Although the bulk of Belichick’s media plans remain a work in progress, what has been finalized is that he will make his debut on Thursday night as a part of The Pat McAfee Show‘s Draft Spectacular simulcast. At this point, it would hardly be a surprise to see Belichick add a weekly appearance on PMS to what is already shaping up to be a busy fall, as the former All-Pro punter has been publicly recruiting him for such a role since he parted ways with the Patriots following the 2023 season.

[The Athletic]

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