Robert Kraft admits “tension” but thinks it’s a good thing

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft admits there’s some pressure. But he doesn’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing.

During an interview with Andrea Kremer for the NFL Network, Kraft gave a nod to recent stories about a potential rift among himself, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, but didn’t say it was the kind of thing that hurt them.

“No, no,” Kraft said, via Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston. “There’s no dysfunction. There’s tension. And I think a certain amount of tension helps make great things happen.”

Of course, the Seth Wickersham story by ESPN took a longer look at the issues that arose regarding the trade of Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers, and the internal struggle which may or may not have led to it.

But it’s clear it hasn’t kept them from succeeding.

“Dysfunction is when people take energy and use it to think about how to undermine other people. That does not happen,” team president Jonathan Kraft said. “If it happens in this organization, I haven’t seen it.”

We’re all going to have to wait and see how long this run of success lasts, but even if the team’s key players aren’t always on the same page, it’s clear they can still make music together.

40 responses to “Robert Kraft admits “tension” but thinks it’s a good thing

  1. I hope he doesn’t retire, even as a huge Miami fan I still put BB as the best head coach of the modern football era. Hands down he has adapted to the salary cap and rule changes and kept a team of sometimes nobodies in either the AFCCG or SB each and every season.
    Other coaches have tried to emulate his style because they too know his formula works. Just as I said about TB retiring, you have to beat the best to be the best… now with all that said, I still want Philly to win!!!

  2. Big deal about nothing, there is tension and conflict in every organization.How many coaches or GMs get fired every year?How many teams make the playoffs one year and miss it the next?How many teams can’t sign key free agents?How about we ask the steelers,colts,broncos,cowboys,falcons,titans,giants,seahawks,raiders or any team for that matter if they have tension or conflict?How teams handle it makes all the difference and determines if your team is successful.

  3. Why would a competitive guy like Brady who will earn MVP honors and has a chance to win his third super bowl in four years just role over and facilitate a QB change?

    Belichick is the best coach in NFL history but if he started Garopollo as a rookie and moved Brady back then I don’t think the Patriots go to, never mid win, those three super bowls.

    Garopollo lasted 1 and 1/2 last year before being hurt. Brady took a crushing blow from Jack on a blitz and came back friom 10 down in the fourth quarter to win the AFCCG and I believe he did the same against Seattle after a Bennett hit, and from 25 down against the Falcons after a half of tough hits in those two SBs.

  4. Brady retires when he wants. If you don’t like that then, with all due respect, go buy your own team.

  5. dlw492 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 7:34 am

    I say BB retires after this win, and basically tells Kraft “find someone else who can do it better”
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    I cannot imagine it. Why would Bill retire? To do what? The guy is a football lifer and it is inconceivable to me that he just moves to Nantucket and goes fishing.

  6. So pretty much every single one of the subjects in Wicker-shams article has come out and challenged the acccuracy, truth, and general tone of the entire article.

    Logically, Wicker-sham and ESPN have quite rightly come out and doubled-down with more facts and people on the record to defend the………….. oh they didn’t? How strange……….

  7. Hey jerry jones do you think if you would have handled the conflict and tension with jimmy johnson better and bill parcells better your team would have won more SBs in the past 20+ years….enough said.

  8. Reminds me a lot of when Jimmy Johnson quit after “tension” with Jerry Jones back in 1994 after having won his 2nd straight Super Bowl. And you can tell by the way Patriots fans are downplaying it that they’re the ones who are tense. Love it!!

  9. This is so dumb. Who cares if they had some in depth discussions about Brady’s future and dealt Garoppolo?

    Why are they still talking about this?

    My goodness, people. Get your Patsnoia treated already and get over yourselves.

  10. .
    @walker

    “I cannot imagine it. Why would Bill retire? To do what? ”

    ——–

    Belichick’s second career possibilities:

    A. Rodeo Clown
    B. Lumberjack
    C. Slaughterhouse Attendant
    D. Urban Rapper
    E. Fashion Blogger
    .

  11. mclennon99 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 7:55 am
    And there it is….FINALLY!

    The crack in the foundation has been revealed!!

    I know. What do you think? another 7-10 years before the whole thing comes tumbling down.

  12. As a long time Patriots fan, I’ve been thrilled with their success since Kraft bought the team, and I very much appreciate it.

    Whatever happens, happens. No reason to dwell on it.

  13. tigerlilac says:
    February 1, 2018 at 8:12 am
    Why would a competitive guy like Brady who will earn MVP honors and has a chance to win his third super bowl in four years just role over and facilitate a QB change?

    Belichick is the best coach in NFL history but if he started Garopollo as a rookie and moved Brady back then I don’t think the Patriots go to, never mid win, those three super bowls.

    Garopollo lasted 1 and 1/2 last year before being hurt. Brady took a crushing blow from Jack on a blitz and came back friom 10 down in the fourth quarter to win the AFCCG and I believe he did the same against Seattle after a Bennett hit, and from 25 down against the Falcons after a half of tough hits in those two SBs.
    ———-

    Gurley is MVP.

    Thereby nullifying everything else you wrote.

  14. Tom Brady should retire a Patriot. Kraft was right on this one. This is nothing like Joe Montana and Steve Young.

    Montana had a banged up back and injured elbow and Dr Dillingham said if everything goes right that Montana had two more seasons left in him tops. He missed all of the ‘91 and ‘92 season and Steve Young won the League’s MVP in his absence. Even with all of that Eddie D still wanted to keep Montana. It was Joe Montan that wanted to leave rather than compete with the league MVP for his old job.. If Montana was as healthy as Brady is today Eddie D would have sent Steve Young packing no ifs, ands, buts, about it….but I digress.

  15. Most of the ESPN reporting doesn’t make much difference to me. It would be interesting to understand the Garoppolo back-story though. It would seem to me a Belichick style move to have traded Brady this year instead of Garoppolo. There is no doubt that Brady has been the better quarterback and likely will still be so for a year or two. Also, Garoppolo is still unproven when it comes to injury, winning big games, etc. That being said though, four years from now, I don’t see Brady playing, at least not at his current level. Given Bill’s penchant for trading a player a year too early, I would guess he was a proponent of switching to Garoppolo mid season (after holding him as long as he could). That is just a guess and it would be interesting to know what really happened.

  16. Tension, stress, and pressure on each other are all good things management should exert on each other in a successful organizations. When you don’t have that then you’re like, well like Garrett and JJ. The coach and GM becomes a puppet of a know-it-all owner instead of trying to see their vision through to have a successful franchise.

  17. Robert Kraft “admits” tension
    ————————-

    Unbelievable how far the media would go to twist things to fit their narrative. Everything in that ESPN Wickersham article was false or misleading, yet the media now tries to justify that junk by suggesting “tension” actually exists somewhere.

    By choosing to frame Kraft’s quote as him “admitting” to anything regarding that ESPN piece is just dishonest journalism.

  18. I’m just enjoying this piece of sports/football history while it’s happening. There is tension and adversity on every team. The Patriots know how to deal with it and turn it into positives.

  19. beachsidejames says:
    February 1, 2018 at 8:43 am
    I have yet to hear why Garroppolo was not kept to be the future QB in NE.

    Really simple economics. His contract expires at the end of the season what you going to do pay him $20 million a year to be a back up? Dump the leagues best player and play Garoppolo in his place? Trade Brady? Pay a back up more than your starter and a guy who has taken less money for years to allow his team to be better?

    The Patriots were backed into a corner by the situation. Did they get good value for Jimmy, maybe, maybe not but you can only play the hand you were dealt.

    As a Patriots fan we have been spoiled with the success and sure its coming to an end but I think Brady has earned the right to go out when he is ready. The Patriots owe him that in my eyes and if that means a down season or two first I can live with that because this kind of run is never happening again and certainly not in New England.

  20. I love how patriot fans get on here to really only justify to themselves that all these so called super bowl “wins” make them the greatest. The greatest what the rest of the world sees what’s going on to we see the tuck rule that was a fumble the taping of the rams practice the bad call not to run the garbage calls in last years super bowl (nice no call on the Sanu facemask which would have given them a field goal to seel it). How many real bowls do the patriots REALLY HAVE. Oh and by the way they shouldn’t be here this year that jags game of referring was a complete and utter joke. Those calls altered the outcome of the game. You can fool yourselves but the rest of the world can see through the BS.

  21. An organization where all of the chiefs don’t always agree? I mean, is that all that unusual in any corporation, anywhere in the world? The Wickersham article was much ado about nothing and more about an article to spur interest in watching the talking heads on ESPN. The Jimmy G trade must have been a very difficult decision. My only objection was, I don’t think they got enough for him in return.

    As long as Belichick, Brady and the Kraft’s are together this organization will always turn out a top notch product on the field.

  22. Of course Brady is coming back,; otherwise he screwed the patriots by trading Jimmy G.

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see BB hang it up. Not saying he will, but it certainly wouldnt shock me.

    The reason?

    BB wanted to prove he could win it without Brady. And by trading Jimmy G, he can’t prove that now.

    So the other option is retire now and let Brady fail without him.

    That’s the other way BB proves it was him and not Brady.

  23. whinerssuck says:
    February 1, 2018 at 10:06 am
    I love how patriot fans get on here to really only justify to themselves that all these so called super bowl “wins” make them the greatest. The greatest what the rest of the world sees what’s going on to we see the tuck rule that was a fumble the taping of the rams practice the bad call not to run the garbage calls in last years super bowl (nice no call on the Sanu facemask which would have given them a field goal to seel it). How many real bowls do the patriots REALLY HAVE. Oh and by the way they shouldn’t be here this year that jags game of referring was a complete and utter joke. Those calls altered the outcome of the game. You can fool yourselves but the rest of the world can see through the BS.
    ————

    That’s because it’s all they know how to do.

    How is it that these bandwagon “fans” from all corners of the United States have never met, yet seemingly rehearse the same retort to everything that is accurately said about that fraudulent organization?

  24. 345snarkavenue says:
    February 1, 2018 at 9:00 am
    As a long time Patriots fan, I’ve been thrilled with their success since Kraft bought the team, and I very much appreciate it.

    Whatever happens, happens. No reason to dwell on it.
    ———

    Yes, 7 or 8 years is a “long time.”

  25. Even we Patriots fans have tension and conflict amongst each other.Take this comment board for instance.If we got together to determine which hater had the most idiotic post we would disagree and we may even argue about it,thus causing tension.But in the end we would come to the conclusion that it didn’t matter if they or I were right because they are all idiotic.Then we would sit and laugh at all the posts and cheer for our Patriots that have been to 10 superbowls and what seems like millions of playoff games and look at all the haters waiting for a crumb to fall off our plate.

  26. There is absolutely no rift between Kraft and Brady. Brady is the “fifth son”.

    The rifts are between Belichick and Brady and Belichick and Kraft.

    Belichick’s rift with Brady probably relates to his TB12 business infringing on the Patriots training staff.

    Belichick is probably frustrated a bit with the Krafts as it relates to their relationship with their “fifth son”. Maybe Belichick wanted to move on from Brady for the TB12/Guerrero thing and turn to Jimmy Garoppolo. Kraft would never let that happen and he is not as cold as Belichick. The Krafts probably believe that Belichick doesn’t understand how much value Brady has added to the Patriots, Patriot Place, and related entities. If you compare that value and also income generated by Brady (ticket prices, merchandise, rents at Patriot Place)to Brady’s annual salaries, then you see what Brady has done for the franchise. He is and has been worth far more than they have paid him. The Krafts probably believe that Belichick doesn’t appreciate the business end enough.

    Belichick wants 100% control. He will never get that anywhere unless he buys a team. Kraft knows that if Brady is dealt, there will be a $impact.

  27. Problem with your theory Neil is Tom could decide to call it quits this year. Especially after winning the Superbowl and the OC and DC leaving. If he did that and only 5 games ago NE let an MVP QB go … That would be a worse corner to in than paying Jimmy G the 20 million next year.

  28. He’s right. There’s good tension that is productive, and there’s bad tension that is destructive. Here’s to the good tension! Go You New England Patriots!!!

  29. Hey Patriots fans…you need to learn this word by opening day next year:

    me·di·o·cre

    ˌmēdēˈōkər

    adjective

    Of only moderate quality; not very good.

    “The Patriots went from a dynasty to mediocre in one season.”

  30. Tension? Uhh the Browns have tension. Maybe the 283 diamonds on the superbowl ring are a tad chafey, but there’s no tension.

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