Robert Kraft is a man who detests losing more than he adores winning. Growing impatience among many New England Patriots fans with head coach Bill Belichick due to the team’s recent struggles has perhaps found a parallel sentiment in the team owner himself.
Robert Kraft appointed Belichick 23 years ago, a pivotal move that ignited the most remarkable dynasty in NFL history. However, recent reports suggest that Kraft shares in the frustration over the Patriots’ subpar performance, not solely this season, but extending back to the post-Tom Brady era commencing in 2020.
In an article titled “If you think Patriots owner Robert Kraft wouldn’t fire Bill Belichick, you’re wrong,” published by Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Kraft’s apparent discontent is explored. According to individuals closely connected to the situation, Kraft has, on multiple occasions in recent years, expressed his dissatisfaction, verging on anger, concerning the team’s dearth of success.
“On multiple occasions in recent years, he has lamented the team’s lack of a postseason victory in the post-Brady era. Kraft has grown frustrated, if not downright angry, over this shortage of success, according to people close to the situation,” Howe writes.
The Patriots’ current season record stands at 1-4, marked by the league’s weakest offense, with a mere 55 total points across five games. More strikingly, the team has endured over 30 consecutive offensive drives without a touchdown since their Week 3 victory over the New York Jets.
Unless a remarkable turnaround occurs, this season would mark the third postseason absence in the last four years and the fifth consecutive season without a postseason win. The Patriots’ most recent playoff victory took place in Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams.
Robert Kraft arguably owes Bill Belichick the opportunity to conclude his career on his terms. Nonetheless, as a billionaire, he didn’t amass his wealth by avoiding tough decisions.