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Kraft's philosophy: "replenish your team with younger players"

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says that when a franchise gets to the top, the way to stay on top isn’t to stay loyal to aging veterans. It’s to replace those veterans with young players.

“The only way you’re going to survive in this business is to replenish your team with younger players each year,” Kraft tells Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald. “Hopefully, it’s not done in a shock atmosphere. I think we have done a good job in accumulating picks. We’ve lost some great players, and that’s the reason we were so good. But nothing goes forever in this business.”

Kraft says he has complete faith in coach Bill Belichick’s decision making when it comes to replacing aging veterans, including linebacker Adalius Thomas, defensive end Jarvis Green and tight end Benjamin Watson this offseason.

“It’s a business where you always got to keep looking to the future if you want to win,” Kraft said. “And you try to balance that with being responsible to the people who have produced for you big time. It’s hard. But we have the best coach in the NFL and our personnel department is top drawer.”

Kraft added that there’s a danger in getting “too sentimental” about certain players. As talk continues of a gulf between the Patriots and Tom Brady, it’s worth keeping in mind that Kraft believes teams should build for the future, not reward players for the past.

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28 Responses to “Kraft's philosophy: "replenish your team with younger players"”
  1. IndyColt45 says: Jul 25, 2010 9:08 AM

    It would be so awesome to see Kraft replace Brady. HAHAHA

  2. DJ Lance Rock says: Jul 25, 2010 9:10 AM

    yeah, they should let tom walk
    right

  3. cracker jack says: Jul 25, 2010 9:11 AM

    “As talk continues of a gulf between the Patriots and Tom Brady, it’s worth keeping in mind that Kraft believes teams should build for the future, not reward players for the past.”
    No, it’s not worth keeping in mind. Whats worth keeping in mind is his DIRECT QUOTE ABOUT BRADY. Christ.
    “”Let’s put it like this: Tom Brady is going to be part of this franchise,” Kraft said. “He wants to be, we want him . . . you know, great things in life happen if you’re flexible and not rigid. We have to find a way to satisfy him and the team and have a team that can win. Big time. That’s what it’s about. We’re bound to a lot of different factors in an unknown environment. We’re not sleeping . . . it’s just complicated. And it’s complicated for everyone. So we hope we do a satisfactory job. We’ll figure it out, one way or another.”” – BOB KRAFT

  4. GRpatriot says: Jul 25, 2010 9:20 AM

    Kraft also said “Brady was the best in the business and will be a Patriot for a long time! It’s not a matter of if but when, the contract gets done.”
    Kraft says he has complete faith in coach Bill Belichick’s decision making when it comes to replacing aging veterans, including linebacker Adalius Thomas, defensive end Jarvis Green and tight end Benjamin Watson this offseason These are the players he was talking about.
    Brady wasn’t even mentioned in the original story…
    As talk continues of a gulf between the Patriots and Tom Brady, it’s worth keeping in mind that Kraft believes teams should build for the future, not reward players for the past (added by the writer) an assumption….? Be careful how you interpret this one…

  5. GRpatriot says: Jul 25, 2010 9:26 AM

    He has said he wants to finish his career here. And Robert Kraft is on record as saying he has every intention of signing Brady to a lucrative, multiyear deal that will ensure that the superstar quarterback, who’ll turn 33 on Aug. 3, never will wear any other uniform than the red, white and blue – and, yeah, silver too – of the Patriots.
    from Donaldsons piece reference Sunday morning one liners.

  6. Belichick for President says: Jul 25, 2010 9:27 AM

    Did you pull a muscle reaching that far, or had you stretched first?
    Oh, and I imagine Jim Isray would say the exact same thing about the Colts. NON STORY

  7. Faithful209 says: Jul 25, 2010 9:29 AM

    49ers fans remember when Eddie D. traded Joe Montana to make way for Steve Young. No matter how much that hurt me as a child, it was the right move at the right time. Had we not done that, we would have lost Young. The difference is that the Pats don’t have another future hall of famer waiting in the wings.

  8. PurpleRaid12 says: Jul 25, 2010 9:31 AM

    So, Randy Moss AND Tom Brady are coming to the Vikings next season?

  9. CKL says: Jul 25, 2010 9:39 AM

    Kraft could be referring to the pre BB days when he was overly sentimental about Bledsoe said he was like a son to him etc and gave him a ginormous & crippling contract, one of several they did pre BB (Law, Milloy, etc).
    But…that wouldn’t fit the agendas of the haterade drinkers. :D

  10. sabotslugs43 says: Jul 25, 2010 9:41 AM

    I think it is safe to say that Kraft assumes that we are not r-tards by thinking that Brady wont be with the Pats. He is a FRANCHISE quarterback.
    Sigh..I agree with the early commenters. Mr. Smith is reaching here. Perhaps we can do story on Payton Manning’s feelings toward his contract status? as he is in the same situation.

  11. TheWizard says: Jul 25, 2010 9:47 AM

    The difference is that the Pats don’t have another future hall of famer waiting in the wings.
    And you know this how?

  12. jonesy1124 says: Jul 25, 2010 9:57 AM

    If they think they can replace Brady based on the logic of “that is what we do” that’s awfully stupid. The Patriots are an aging group of players and the have the organization has the attitude of plug them in and the system will work. B.S. Brady won three superbowls with Troy Brown and Deion Branch. It’s not a coincidence that Moss’s career was revitalized and Wes Welker was able to catch over 100 balls. Also Bill Billichick was was a sub 500 coach prior to Brady. Considering how well he did after getting his knee reconstructed…dont be an ass and pay the man

  13. Ufanforreal says: Jul 25, 2010 10:06 AM

    # Belichick for President says: July 25, 2010 9:27 AM
    Did you pull a muscle reaching that far, or had you stretched first?
    Oh, and I imagine Jim Isray would say the exact same thing about the Colts. NON STORY
    ——————————————————
    You need to stop, every post you do seems to always come back to a reference to the Colts, are you that jealous of them that you can’t let the Pats org. stand on it’s own merit.

  14. Batman says: Jul 25, 2010 10:06 AM

    I heard years back….The 49ers wanted to trade Steve Young to the Patriots for their first pick. They wanted Rick Mirer to learn under Montana. Both Notre Dame guys. Patriots said no. they stuck with Poo Beldsoe and turned Steve Young away. That one still hurts. I am a die hard Pats fan..and Drew Bledsoe may be one of the most overated QBs of all time. And Young, if its possible, may be one of the most underated. Young top 5 all time. Best completion % ever I believe.
    Patriots will keep Brady. There is no way they let him go. He is still great. The contract he gets will be longer than his greatness will be…but thats the price you must pay. They will lose way too much fanbase, respect, and alot more if they let him go. It is a business..and that would be an awful business move. dont worry fans. He isnt going anywhere

  15. Ytsejamer1 says: Jul 25, 2010 10:20 AM

    The problem is that all the young players brought in over the last several drafts are now out of the league or on other teams. The Pats if I remember, are at the bottom of the league in that department.
    Great…you bring in young guys, but they’re all trash. Way to draft!
    The Patriots made their bones with smart, hardworking veterans that knew how to play the game. We caught lightning in a bottle for a few years. These days we have neither the type of players or coaches we used to.

  16. Tinbender says: Jul 25, 2010 10:20 AM

    ” That Brady guy is 33, that’s over the hill in the NFL. We’ve gotten away with underpaying him for years getting him to buy into that whole best for the team crap, now were going to dump him before we have to pay him what he’s worth and replace him with that young phenom JaMarcus Russel, we can get him cheap while he’s down.”
    There, how’s that for bombastic journalism? ;=)

  17. dbartdog says: Jul 25, 2010 10:22 AM

    Wiz…we know this because BB was a Browns Head coach and he sucked as a HC right up until he got lucky with a 6th rounder…that’s how!

  18. PolegoJim says: Jul 25, 2010 10:26 AM

    Kraft and Belichik have proven their philosophy is accurate and a winning recipe.
    Of all the veterans looking for big pay days that they’ve released, none have provided any meals that included ‘Crow’. Most have performed marginally well at best, some down right poorly.
    ‘Team’ and system wins first in New England. That team will start with Brady at QB.
    However, true to their approach, the hunt for the next QB leader should be underway right now, not waiting until it’s ‘time’.

  19. hamspear says: Jul 25, 2010 10:28 AM

    There is a lot of Hating on this site. Yet the same people hate right after the article is posted. If you hate this site and its authors so badly, dont read it. Why feel the need to post your pathetic hang-ups daily? Obviously you haters are on this site 24/7… If you hate the writers and their work, why do you spend so much time here??? There is more nfl info on this site on an hourly basis than any other 5 sites combined!! It gets me through the offseason.
    Get a life!!! If you dont have one, dont blame Florio.

  20. dbartdog says: Jul 25, 2010 10:36 AM

    PolegoJim…if BB doesn’t get lucky with TB…they have zero championships…BB not a genius and his system is just another long line of, just that…systems. Most likely BB would be plying his trade as a DC. The whole genius thing is Tom Brady…pure and simple!

  21. Nola5712 says: Jul 25, 2010 10:50 AM

    @batman
    “Young top 5 all time. Best completion % ever I believe.”
    this made me curious so i went and looked at the numbers.
    career completion % leaders:
    1. chad pennington 66.1
    2. kurt warner 65.5
    3. matt shaub 65.3
    4. drew brees/peyton manning 64.8
    5. steve young 64.3
    kinda strange to see pennington up there. he’s a decent if not good qb, but i wouldn’t expect him to top the list. i bet steve young WAS the completion % leader at some point as 1-4 are definitely more recent than him. i expect to see brees continue to climb this list.

  22. GRpatriot says: Jul 25, 2010 11:53 AM

    @dbartdog I thought it was the video-cameras?
    Now it’s all Brady.

  23. edgy says: Jul 25, 2010 12:02 PM

    Yes and people still believe that all the money that they’re going to save with a rookie salary scale is actually going back to the veterans. Guffaw.

  24. SpartaChris says: Jul 25, 2010 12:08 PM

    People criticize Ted Thompson for building through the draft, but here you’ve got one of the best teams in all of football year in and year out who operates under the same philosophy. Go figure.

  25. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Jul 25, 2010 1:25 PM

    Even though that last idiotic line could be seen coming a mile away, I was still a little surprised by how dumb it made the writer of this post sound. Well done! Brady has one of his top statistical years after coming off major knee surgery and somehow signing him to a new, huge contract would be rewarding him for past performance. Looks like he is still performing plenty well to me. You sir are an idiot!

  26. Snooky says: Jul 25, 2010 1:49 PM

    “Patriots owner Robert Kraft says that when a franchise gets to the top, the way to stay on top isn’t to stay loyal to aging veterans.”
    That is not what Kraft said at all. Very misleading. I bet he will have something to say about that to the MDS.

  27. edgy says: Jul 25, 2010 2:42 PM

    # Snooky says:
    That is not what Kraft said at all. Very misleading. I bet he will have something to say about that to the MDS.
    ******************************
    That’s EXACTLY what he said. The point is that he could keep them around out of a sense of loyalty or he can move on and he has chosen to move on. Some organizations get old that way and they never recover.

  28. edgy says: Jul 25, 2010 2:45 PM

    But, on the other hand, as a way of showing loyalty to the team, Kraft has gotten many of those that he is dumping to sign for a lot less than they could have.

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