Robert Kraft “excited” for Tom Brady’s return in Week Four

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Tom Brady‘s return to Gillette Stadium for a Week Four showdown against the Patriots may create different emotions for different members of the organization. For owner Robert Kraft, who has said repeatedly over the years that he regards Brady as another son, there’s no ambiguity or conflict.

Excited to have him,” Kraft told TMZ.com. “He’s a great guy, and he did so much for us. I love him.”

Asked about the skyrocketing prices for tickets to the game on the secondary market, Kraft said, “We should have a fun night. But I’m excited for Week One, and we play Miami.”

We know that, barring injury, Brady will be playing quarterback for the Buccaneers that night. So who will be playing quarterback for the Patriots, Mac Jones or Cam Newton?

“I pay Bill [Belichick] a lot of money,” Kraft said with a laugh. “Let him decide.”

It will indeed be a fun night. It’s already one of the most anticipated regular-season games in league history. On October 3, we’ll find out if it’s also one of the most memorable.

41 responses to “Robert Kraft “excited” for Tom Brady’s return in Week Four

  1. I don’t think we’ll be seeing Mac Jones take over for a while, but only because he needs to learn, and Belichick will not rush that process.

    The mindset is now “make the playoffs” where, with Brady, it used to be “get the bye and home field throughout”. We just have to get accustomed to it.

  2. The mindset is now “make the playoffs” where, with Brady, it used to be “get the bye and home field throughout”. We just have to get accustomed to it. The mindset has always been the same take it one game at a time and compete hard for 60mins or more.

  3. Hopefully Cam starts. I’d rather see them take their time with Jones, much like KC did with Mahomes… and no, I’m not comparing his talent to Mahomes in any way. It would be crazy to.

  4. Belichick is all about winning. I take him at his word that he plays the guys that give him the best chance to win. I don’t think that will be Mac Jones this yr. I think Newton will be much improved.

  5. The noise level in Gillette Stadium that night will be of seismic proportions. There’s nothing like being in a packed stadium that is super loud. Makes your neck hairs stand on end. I’d love to be there for that game.

  6. Brady had off-season knee surgery and that hasn’t received nearly enough publicity. Let’s pump the brakes a smidgen and see where that stands.

  7. Okay – let’s see….the super bowl champs vs a losing record team….zzzzzzzzz. Even if the Pats win, Brady is still on his way to ring #8 while the Pats still end up with a sub .500 season. So much for plugging in any QB to the ‘system’ – Brady WAS the system. As a head coach, Bill was sub – .500 pre-Brady and is now sub-.500 post Brady…speaks for itself with Brady at 43 in his FIRST season with a NEW team and easily winning the super bowl! BB should give his pathetic boat with the ring count on the back to the guy who actually EARNED those rings in SPITE of working with a LOSING head coach….uh, that would be BRADY. Case closed.

  8. I don’t understand how someone could be excited for getting torched and embarrassed.

  9. Bill will bring Mac along slow…. I don’t expect to see much from him if anything at all this year…. my HOPES are is it plays out like this:
    Stidham beats out Cam as the starter for the year & keeps excelling at it as the season goes on
    Cam is there ONLY as mentor/back up in case Stidham’s hurt
    Mac gets to watch & learn all year behind the scenes
    NEXT YEAR: Stidham & Mac battle it out for starting position & it’s super close but Stidham keeps the job & Mac learns even more behind the scenes & is Stidham’s emergency back up if he gets hurt for the year..
    THEN: Mac beats out Stidham & we get a 1st & 2nd for Stidham in a trade….maybe more!!???

  10. Pats looking for their first ring in franchise history sans Brady….it’s going to be a long wait, tough winning the lottery even once in life. Good luck!

  11. Chill_Mickelson says:
    May 15, 2021 at 12:10 pm
    Pats looking for their first ring in franchise history sans Brady….it’s going to be a long wait, tough winning the lottery even once in life. Good luck!

    11 1 Rate This

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    Clueless. You are aware the BB groomed JimmyG went to a sb and should have won the thing, right?

    Do you people know anything about this sport at all? lmao

  12. More like ‘groomed’ Jimmy G. for a sucker trade with the Niners where he choked in the SB after the Niner D brought them there and tee’d up a 10 pt. gift 4th quarter lead against Mahomes! JG is a second round back up and proved that’s what he still is….and that’s when he can stay healthy ….bust!

  13. Pats looking for their first ring in franchise history sans Brady….it’s going to be a long wait, tough winning the lottery even once in life.

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    With Belichick’s defense, Pats offense had to carry the team in at least two of the playoff games (24+ points, time-consuming offense). Peyton, Rodgers, Brees and Mahomes needed tons of offense talents to be able to do it. Belichick’s believers take what Brady did for granted.

    I don’t think Pats will even be able to make AFCCG under Belichick, let alone winning SB.

  14. Looking forward to this game, but the 6 months of hype prior we could do without.

  15. codylaws says:
    May 15, 2021 at 11:44 am
    I don’t understand how someone could be excited for getting torched and embarrassed.
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    He’s excited because ticket sales and merchandising will be through the roof all week leading up to the game.

  16. touchback6 says:
    May 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm
    Chill_Mickelson says:
    May 15, 2021 at 12:10 pm
    Pats looking for their first ring in franchise history sans Brady….it’s going to be a long wait, tough winning the lottery even once in life. Good luck!

    11 1 Rate This

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    Clueless. You are aware the BB groomed JimmyG went to a sb and should have won the thing, right?

    Do you people know anything about this sport at all? lmao
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    Lol yeah bud, that’s why the niners just forked over three 1st round picks to replace jimmy.

  17. bird2urmother says:
    Exactly – speaks for itself – JG = Bust. They could have just tagged him and only lost one year of cap space to see if he could actually play for a full season. Niners had a SB winning D full stop….now that ship has sailed, wasted/blown by Jimmy G.

  18. I like Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tom more than I liked New England Patriots Tom. After Tom Brady got out from under that oppressive soul crushing Bill Belichick “Patriot Way”…Tom for the first time in his professional football life was actually able to breathe and be himself. Even at the age of 43.

  19. Pats will probably be a 15 point home underdog in that one. I would still take the bucs.

  20. So many of you people are fixated on Brady vs Belichick for the past success, It because of them BOTH together just as it always has been in the past with other super successful teams.

  21. It because of them BOTH together just as it always has been in the past with other super successful teams.

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    Rex Ryan could have turned Jets into a dynasty with Brady.

  22. Yeah, Rex Ryan is so good he can’t get a HC job.

    The line on the TB/NE game is TB-3.5

  23. Very classy and on point response from Robert Kraft. Brady was great for the Patriots franchise. So much fun watching greatness in any form. Brady is the GOAT.

  24. Yeah, Rex Ryan is so good he can’t get a HC job

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    With Brady, there are suddenly so many genius in Bucs, aren’t there?

  25. GOAT vs GOAT and BB will win.

    20 years vs 40 years.

    As great as he is, TB12 will have a tough day.

  26. GOAT vs GOAT and BB will win.

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    Brady already won when Mr.Kraft admitted that “Patriots used to laugh at teams that spent big in free agency”.

    It implied that Belichick built the offense in a way he used to believe stupid, meaning, the reason he could build the team in a way other coaches couldn’t was because he had Tom Brady.

  27. weswelker83 says

    Will be fun to watch, but doesn’t matter who wins as TB will be on his way to SB #11, and BB will still be on his way to another losing season as per his entire career without Brady.

  28. Brady did a great job WL, but I think Tampa’s D holding Mahomes to 9 points may have had some genius mixed in there

  29. Belichick dominates the NFL for two decades. The average NFL playing career is 2.5 years.

    Despite losing Brady, Newton coming in late and getting Covid, opt outs and a number of free agent losses, the Pats go 7 – 9 and William Lee is more excited than the protagonist in DH Lawrence’s The Rocking-Horse Winner.

    William, read the short story. The frenzy is short-lived.

  30. Chill_Mickelson says:
    May 15, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Okay – let’s see….the super bowl champs vs a losing record team….zzzzzzzzz. Even if the Pats win, Brady is still on his way to ring #8 while the Pats still end up with a sub .500 season. So much for plugging in any QB to the ‘system’ – Brady WAS the system. As a head coach, Bill was sub – .500 pre-Brady and is now sub-.500 post Brady…speaks for itself with Brady at 43 in his FIRST season with a NEW team and easily winning the super bowl! BB should give his pathetic boat with the ring count on the back to the guy who actually EARNED those rings in SPITE of working with a LOSING head coach….uh, that would be BRADY. Case closed.

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    Before you say any success was solely related to Brady, consider that Belichick also didn’t have a winning record prior to getting players like Troy Brown, Teddy Bruschi, Willie McGinist, Kevin Faulk, or Kraft as owner, etc. Using Brady as your example proves nothing more than your limited reasoning skills. “Case closed.”

  31. tigerlilac,

    7-9 or 8-8 or 6-10, or 5-11, all of these results are typical for a team that focus on building defense. Couple of balls bouncing right directions give you couple of more wins; couple of balls bouncing wrong directions cost couple of games.

    Belichick was a “I can’t win if opponent scores 20 or more” kind of coach before Brady, 2020 was just like 2000 with Bledsoe, except that Cam played first 3 games like a pro bowl when opponents still didn’t know how Pats offense would be like.

    Now his strategy of building offense completely changed for 2021 season, (I am saying it now) the defense will be getting worse and worse, based on his history as HC and DC. So let us wait and see, how far Pats can do will completely depend on how good their QB can play. You think that with the CURRENT WR group, Pats will ever be a serious SB contender? Not even with Aaron Rodgers.

  32. goodellisaclown says:
    sub .500 pre-Brady, Sub-.500 post-Brady…..woulda coulda shoulda….facts march on.

  33. Brady did a great job WL, but I think Tampa’s D holding Mahomes to 9 points may have had some genius mixed in there

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    Do you think Rodgers could have won SB with Bucs? He might win MVP, but unlikely SB, because a 13 year old knows what he will do even before games start.

    Because his plays were so predictable, it is highly likely he would struggle very badly in ONE of the games, and would lose that game. As a result, no body would claim Todd Bowles had a genius game plan.

  34. tedmurph says:
    May 15, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Brady did a great job WL, but I think Tampa’s D holding Mahomes to 9 points may have had some genius mixed in there
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    Well, yeah but it should be pointed out that every time KC kicked a FG Tom came right back and scored a TD (discounting bad snap and the goal line stand fiasco for obvious fluke reasons). Tom doing that led directly to KC becoming 1 dimensional and allowed Tampa’s D to start teeing of mid 3rd quarter on.

  35. I’m not worried about Tampa Bay Tommy. BB will find a way to slow him down. There is no doubt whatsoever about that. I can very easily see a multiple INT multiple sack day for Tampa Bay Tommy.

    The real question about this game is Cam Newton against that Bucs pass rush. That’s scary.

  36. weswelker83 says:
    May 15, 2021 at 5:01 pm
    GOAT vs GOAT and BB will win.

    20 years vs 40 years.

    As great as he is, TB12 will have a tough day

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    Oh yeah that’s as much of a stone cold lock as it gets. From what I’m hearing his ex teammates are tired of the nonsense that the dynasty was all Brady. They’re going to slow him down and Bb will have the right game plan to do that.

    Like I said the real question is will Cam will do much against that same Bucs defense that held Mahomes to 9 points… I wish I could be as optimistic here.

  37. William Lee says:
    May 15, 2021 at 2:51 pm
    It because of them BOTH together just as it always has been in the past with other super successful teams.

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    Rex Ryan could have turned Jets into a dynasty with Brady.
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    Peyton Manning would have won many rings with Belichick as coach and very likely more than Brady did. No question about it, He at least wouldn’t have blown SB42 and 46 either, both of them were awful games by Brady.

    It’s ok to admit it. I was in denial about this for many many years but now that I can think of Brady objectively I’ve finally come around and accepted the truth and you can too. 🙂

  38. Peyton Manning would have won many rings with Belichick as coach

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    Besides throwing the balls, there is another dimension that makes life very hard for QB : DEFENDERS WATCH QB IN THE EYES. Remember Brady’s pick 6 in SB against Falcons? Remember Peyton’s pick 6 in SB against Saints.

    Don’t claim a QB can do what Brady did with receivers IN FRONT OF defenders because he threw some beautiful passes BEHIND defenders. QB’s position is far more complicated than you can tell only with your eyes.

  39. William Lee says:
    May 17, 2021 at 5:13 pm
    Peyton Manning would have won many rings with Belichick as coach

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    Besides throwing the balls, there is another dimension that makes life very hard for QB : DEFENDERS WATCH QB IN THE EYES. Remember Brady’s pick 6 in SB against Falcons? Remember Peyton’s pick 6 in SB against Saints.

    Don’t claim a QB can do what Brady did with receivers IN FRONT OF defenders because he threw some beautiful passes BEHIND defenders. QB’s position is far more complicated than you can tell only with your eyes.


    Let’s not be silly enough to think that trait isn’t shared by just about any good QB in the league. 🙂

    Peyton Manning has played on teams with inferior coaching and with a couple of exceptions, inferior defenses compared to the 6 time World Champion Patriots. It’s ok to admit him and Bill would have made an incredible QB-Coach combination.

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