Peyton Manning on Bill Belichick Credit: The Pat McAfee Show

More details continue to trickle out about Bill Belichick’s role on ESPN airwaves after he struck out on an NFL head coaching job this season. On Friday, Peyton Manning revealed the longtime New England Patriots head coach will join the Monday Night Football with Peyton & Eli alternate broadcast during the first quarter each week.

Manning discussed Belichick’s role on that ManningCast during an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show.

“Bill is going to be a permanent guest on every ManningCast show early in the game, probably the first quarter, to kind of take people behind the ropes of what the defense has to do or what this quarterback’s challenges are,” Manning explained. “I can’t tell you the advantage of having a defensive coach to take the quarterback behind the ropes … Bill’s gonna do that. I think the audience is going to be fascinated by how smart he is.”

Manning believes Belichick was great with McAfee around the NFL Draft this spring, and will be both entertaining and informative on the ManningCast in the fall.

“He’s quick-witted, he’s funny, and like I said, he’s just brilliant when it comes to defense and offense,” Manning said. “The guy can flat-out coach.”

Previously, Manning announced the addition of Belichick to the ESPN2 Monday Night Football alt-cast at the Tom Brady roast in early May. Andrew Marchand of The Athletic reported in April that Belichick could also cohost “an undetermined football show” with Manning’s Omaha Productions.

It seems Belichick found his way to a couple media caretakers in McAfee and Manning as the 72-year-old takes a break from coaching before resuming his chase for the all-time NFL wins record in 2025.

[The Pat McAfee Show]

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