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Bill Belichick's ratings fall big time in annual Boston sports fans survey

Alex Reimer
August 22, 2018 - 10:44 am

It seems as if the turmoil in Foxboro is negatively impacting how Patriots fans view Bill Belichick. In the annual survey of Boston fans, conducted by Channel Media and Marker Research, Belichick’s approval ratings have tumbled in comparison to last year.

Though Belichick still won the overall leadership performance category, he dropped from 77 percent to 42 percent. It’s his lowest mark since 2014, when he drew 36 percent of the vote. At that point, the Patriots had gone 10 years without winning a Super Bowl.

It’s been a rocky seven months for Belichick, who’s still questioned about his controversial decision to bench cornerback Malcolm Butler for the Super Bowl. In addition, the Patriots’ head coach has reportedly been mired in a rift with Tom Brady, though both sides have appeared to put their differences aside in training camp. 

Belichick also fell 30 points in the “most admired” category, going from 75 percent to 45. He’s still in first place, however, outpacing Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

The shrapnel has also appeared to hit Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Forty-four percent of respondent say they think he’s done the best job with his team over the last year, down from 75 percent in 2017.

Interestingly enough, Belichick still garnered a strong 70 percent rating in the “Management Performance” category. Dave Dombrowski and Danny Ainge were right behind him, with 66 and 65 percent of the vote.

Speaking of the Red Sox and Celtics, both teams rose in a big way this year. Thanks to their sensational season, 51 percent of fans think the Red Sox possess the best chance to win the next championship in Boston. The Celtics, meanwhile, have climbed above the Bruins as the third-most popular team in the city for the first time. 

Screenshots via Channel Market & Media Research