After seeing that Mike Shanahan was fired yesterday, there are very few "coach for life" anymore in the NFL. I think Belichick is practically the only one now. Tony Dungy may be similar, but the Colts already have a succession plan, and Dungy has said he doesn't want to coach much longer. The Steelers usually keep their coaches for a long time, so Mike Tomlin will probably be around for awhile. However, what would it take for a significant part of the fan base to start hating Belichick? Although Shanahan still had many defenders, a significant part of the Broncos fan base wanted him out even though he consistently fielded a competitive team. And face it, it's not easy to transition from a QB like Elway. Before Brady went down, there was still some debate on whether the Pats success was due to Brady or Belichick. I think now, most Pats fans are pretty comfortable that as long as Belichick is there, even if Brady is not, the Pats will be a good team. So what would it take for Pats fans to sicken of BB (and not something criminal)? Spygate only caused most fans to circle the wagons even more. If BB had a couple of losing years, would that be enough? Or if the Pats had a collapse as bad as the Broncos where ppl felt it was Bill's fault? I know some people think that Boston fans can turn pretty fast. For example, many people think that any player on the 2004 WS team should be put on a pedestal. However, such an integral player like Keith Foulke was driven out of town pretty fast. Could something similar actually happen to Belichick if the Pats didn't produce at such a high level? However, I think ppl hold BB in a higher regard then say Terry Francona or even Epstein. What do you guys think? Would it just take a few bad years to put BB out? Or maybe some Bill Parcells wandering eye? Or maybe some Manny Ramirez drama (although I can never see BB act like that)? Or will it always be that Bill will be able to coach the Pats as long as he wants, a true coach for life?