July 17, 2024


“Kraft likes to remind individuals he grew up as a Patriots fan in the course of the group’s darkest days. However that doesn’t imply he has endurance to endure extra of them.”

Robert Kraft and Invoice Belichick. AP Picture/Adrian Kraus
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Robert Kraft doesn’t subscribe to the notion that Invoice Belichick’s six Tremendous Bowl wins are sufficient for him to maintain his job so long as he chooses, in response to Jeff Howe of The Athletic.

And with the Patriots’ file sitting at 1-4 after a pair of blowout losses, Kraft’s endurance with Belichick might be carrying skinny.

The headline of Howe’s piece reads: “In the event you suppose Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft wouldn’t hearth Invoice Belichick, you’re unsuitable.”

“Kraft likes to remind individuals he grew up as a Patriots fan in the course of the group’s darkest days,” Howe wrote. “However that doesn’t imply he has endurance to endure extra of them. On a number of events lately, he has lamented the crew’s lack of a postseason victory within the post-Brady period. Kraft has grown pissed off, if not downright indignant, over this scarcity of success, in response to individuals near the state of affairs.”

Howe known as Sunday’s sport towards Las Vegas a “intestine verify” for Kraft. Belichick will go head-to-head along with his former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who’s Las Vegas’s head coach. And heralded former quarterback Tom Brady is a member of the Raiders possession group, not the Patriots.

After being outscored 72-3 over the previous two weeks, the Patriots should discover a method to flip issues round expeditiously.

If not, Belichick is probably not round to interrupt Don Shula’s all-time teaching wins file in New England, Howe writes.

“Belichick is sitting at 330 profession victories. For some time, Belichick had been on monitor to surpass Shula’s 347 wins in 2024, which might sync up along with his fiftieth season within the NFL,” Howe wrote. “But when the Patriots don’t begin beating comparable opponents, not to mention the perceived superior foes, that 348th victory is probably not inside attain in 2024. And if this chase continues on the present tempo, how a lot vitality would the fan base realistically expend to have fun No. 348 — every time it might come?”

Howe pointed to Belichick’s points with drafting and retaining expertise, his therapy of Mac Jones, and elevated frustration amongst defensive gamers on the offense’s lack of manufacturing as main issues for Belichick.

The 2 worst losses of Belichick’s profession got here in back-to-back weeks. Howe famous that Kraft spent a quarter-billion {dollars} on renovations at Gillette Stadium, together with the most important out of doors curved video display screen at a sporting venue within the nation.

The rating that the video board displayed final Sunday was 34-0 in favor of the Saints. Issues have to get higher in a rush, however there isn’t a lot to counsel that they may, Howe stated.

“Based mostly on their lack of execution within the first 5 video games, there’s little proof to counsel a marked turnaround is imminent,” Howe wrote. “And Kraft has lengthy since gotten sick of watching different groups’ highlights on his new scoreboard.”