Patriots

Longo: Bungling Belichick Boys face heat in pivotal 2020 season

Bill Belichick and his reputation face serious heat this fall.

And honestly, the head coach and incumbent genius of the New England Patriots -- heading into his 21st season -- remains powerless to do one thing about it.

If Thursday night’s NFL opener — in which Belichick Coaching Tree poster child Bill O’Brien dictated his Houston Texans roll over and play dead in Kansas City — is any indication, the coach’s rep may be headed for yet another hatchet job.

O’Brien is the one “shining star” in Belichick’s stable, what with his two playoff wins in six seasons at the helm.

And here he was on Thursday night, huddling, running clock and punting at will while down 17 points early in the second half of the 34-20 drubbing.

“At the end of the day, it’s still a league about winning,” said O’Brien, now 53-49 as a head coach overall. “It’s all about winning.”

What is wrong with these guys? Is nothing from the greatest football coach to have ever walked this planet transferrable?