The relationship between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick has been glorified over the years, but maybe it’s beginning to change a bit.
Everything is gravy when a team is hoisting championship banners, as there’s nothing to complain about, but the team hasn’t won a playoff game in two seasons, and Kraft may be getting a bit hungry. He’s used to winning, as are the fans, and the team’s 2020 campaign was its worst in 20 years, from a record standpoint (7-9).
And now that Belichick went on a spending spree, with $160 million in guaranteed money already doled out in free agency, the pressure may be on. Any owner that spends a large amount of money expects to win now, and Kraft is no different.
What’s interesting, however, is that Kraft appeared to recently throw some shade at Belichick, which is something we’ve never really seen from him.
“I don’t feel we’ve done the greatest job the last few years…” Kraft said, via Fox Sports. “I’ve seen a different approach this year.”
Former Colts center Jeff Saturday believes Kraft was sending a message to Belichick, and he had this to say on a recent edition of “Get Up”
“Think about how good this team has been and you’re going to take a shot at how well they’ve drafted,” he said, via NESN.com. “I mean, I think this is a ridiculous comment. If you look at their draft, has it been impressive? How do you describe that? I think the wins are what we’re all going for.”
We agree with Saturday, as Kraft was a bit out of line questioning Belichick’s recent decisions, given that he’s won six titles in the past two decades.