Robert Kraft is still the boss, in case you were wondering

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft has admitted there’s some “tension” in his organization at times, but that it’s the good kind.

But he’s also making sure everybody knows who the boss is.

Coach Bill Belichick grumbled his way through a non-answer about games in Mexico earlier this week, but Kraft is clearly a proponent of the league’s international initiative.

It was one of the best experiences of the last few years,” Kraft said of this season’s trip to Mexico City, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. “We want to go back there. It was a great game and it’s a wonderful environment.”

That’s a pretty far cry from Belichick’s take on the game after returning, which included him saying: “I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions or earthquakes, or anything else while we were down there.”

Asked about Belichick’s comments after waxing poetic about the trip, Kraft replied: “I own the New England Patriots, and it was a wonderful experience.”

If Kraft had a microphone at that point, he would have dropped it. And it’s also a subtle reminder that at times when coaches and quarterbacks might have egos and agendas, his is the name on the bottom of the checks, so his is the opinion that’s always going to matter the most.

32 responses to “Robert Kraft is still the boss, in case you were wondering

  1. So we’ll just create some tension by writing this story that implies that Kraft would disrespectfully drop the mic on Bill.

    If we don’t have the Jerry Springier show naturally then we’ll just create it.

  2. saltineamerican says:
    February 1, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    God bless Robert Kraft. That answer is all you need to know.

    In the South’s sense of God blessing someone?

  3. Why does the NFL want to put a team in London instead of Mexico? Mexico is closer and has the same time zone as California. Are they racist?

  4. “Why does the NFL want to put a team in London instead of Mexico?”

    Money. All decisions are about money.

  5. “Belichick and Kraft almost killed each other with bricks outside a hooch parlor in Mexico City.” — Wickersham

  6. Shouldn’t be too shocking that from a coaching perspective, any long trip whether it’s Mexico, London, or China is risky. Owners are going to gush over new markets if there is any money to be had.

    If this is the worst the media can scrape up SB week then I think we’re ok.

  7. saltineamerican says:
    February 1, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    In the South’s sense of God blessing someone?
    ________________________________________________

    I doubt it. In the eyes of anyone who would use the expression you refer to Kraft is a Yankee and no real southerner believes we have hearts.

  8. After Belichick leaves Kraft will thankfully fade back into oblivion and resume doing his movie auditions with his “gal pal.” I can never forget that sleazy little scene.

  9. I’m not sure why Kraft feels the need to demonstrate his position above Belichick there. I’ve never felt the need to override my employees opinions. Everyone in an organization is welcome to have different opinions an obviously those are not the “official” position o the organization. To override him like that shows me there really are some deep issues there and that Kraft feels that he isn’t perceived as the leader of the organization. Battling over credit will get you nowhere but down.

  10. Sums up the league’s position well. They’re going to strongarm games into foreign countries, and they don’t care what you, Belichick, or Brady think about it.

  11. I love how people imply that the Patriots success is because of Bob Kraft and not Belichick and Brady. Put Bob Kraft in charge of the Jets and let’s see how many championships he’d have as an owner.

  12. I love and respect Mike Reiss’s take on this topic. Robert Kraft and Tom Brady have an emotional relationship identical to a father son relationship. BB and TB have more of an employer/employee relationship. It doesn’t mean that is a toxic relationship. But it’s a different dynamic.

    All three men are working towards the same goal regardless of their personal/professional relationships. I don’t think they are looking towards disrespecting each other and risk the ultimate goal all three men share.

  13. Kraft reminds me of every crappy owner around the country. You’re only as good as your employees. Without them, you’re nothing. If Brady and Bill left New England today Kraft would own a giant pile of poop. Bob Kraft should think twice about his power trip. Anyone living on the shoulders of others should.

  14. Kraft reminds me of every crappy owner around the country. You’re only as good as your employees. Without them, you’re nothing. If Brady and Bill left New England today Kraft would own a giant pile of poop. Bob Kraft should think twice about his power trip. Anyone living on the shoulders of others should.

    “””
    Actually you’re wrong. You could be a crappy owner like Cleveland and because of all the TV revenue and success of the league the value of your franchise will still keep going up.

  15. Krafty Kraft needs to get over himself. Of course he’s the boss outside of the football operations we’re Bill reigns supreme. I have noticed a lot of old fuddy duddies who have been successful people like to interfere to show they still have it when they haven’t got a clue what’s going on. He has got were he is through being clever and delegation, putting the right man in the job if you like and letting them get on with it. He’s got to realise if not for Bill he would be an owner who nobody knows outside of their home town or Business. I don’t know who owns the ” Browns ” or care, but the whole world knows Krafty Kraft because he owns the greatest franchise in the history of the NFL. I thought all that BS from a couple of weeks ago was just media creating what the media today love to do, I really think there is some serious friction in the camp. The Patriots will win as they always do because they are drilled better than any team in history. The Hoody only thinks football. Not intrested in anything else, that’s why when asked questions about Mexico, London etc if it makes his job harder he’s not intrested.

  16. We need someone to get busted with hookers or something. Without those stories, we have to read lame stories like this. It’s like someone needed to write a story regarding the Pats but had nothing…

  17. Wasn’t this season’s game supposed to be one of the 18 that the Raiders were going to win on the way to their inevitable Super Bowl victory?

    At least that’s what Raider Island told me.

  18. tylawspick6 says:

    February 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    simply the greatest owner who ever lived, minus capitulating to a cheating commisisoner and some owners.
    _________________________________________________________________________________
    Seek help, you need it.

  19. it’s like bragging “i own the luxurious Lear jet we’re all riding in” . everyone knows without big bill up front in charge and brady at co-pilot, it all quickly becomes a smoking pile of trash, you and jr. included.

  20. jake6879 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 1:50 pm
    I’m not sure why Kraft feels the need to demonstrate his position above Belichick there.
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    It’s called diplomacy. Bill’s response to the questioner from Mexico was pretty lame. How does that reporter drum up interest or support for American Football with that sound clip from Belichick? He doesn’t. So Kraft to the rescue. The Mexicans get enough bad press from us these days, they don’t need a flavorless response from the GOAT coach also. Saying something nice about the people and place shouldn’t have been too hard for Belichick, but he’s probably tired so I give him a pass.

  21. “Why does the NFL want to put a team in London instead of Mexico? Mexico is closer and has the same time zone as California. Are they racist?”

    Have you ever been to Mexico? The stadium in Mexico City is old, falling apart and a dump. The ones in the UK are new and beautiful facilities. You also don’t have to basically lock yourself in the hotel in London because there’s a significant chance of being robbed or kidnapped.

    And its not racist to say what are documented facts about Mexico. Huge problems with crime and the cartels, that’s simple fact.

  22. He’s the owner. Big whoop. All companies don’t amount to anything without talented and competent employees and management.If he thinks he’ll enjoy the same success without the guys under him at the moment he has another thing coming.

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