Robert Kraft says he had "the meeting" with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick
One of the biggest hot button issues surrounding the Patriots has been the tension between the powers that be in Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Brady and Belichick have been predictably coy when asked about the subject, but Kraft has been a little more vocal. You may recall during the playoffs Kraft mentioned something about egos staying in check.
He also acknowledged there was tension just a few days before the Super Bowl, so it's very real. But how severe it is is up for debate. Kraft wanted a meeting between the parties after the Super Bowl and it sounds like he got it, although some of what he said may be a little tough to dissect.
“We’ve had the meeting,” Kraft said, speaking to a group of reporters at the annual league meeting. “And just to be clear … we have meetings all the time. We’re not a big, bureaucratic organization. We’re a private company. We don’t have boards we answer to. We answer to the fans the best we can.
“We met. And I meet individually with each of them. But the thing that I don’t know if it’s completely understood, but Bill and Tom communicate and meet a lot and spend a lot of time communicating. I think the residual of this loss was really hard on everyone. But I sort of see that as a high-class problem because I sat in the stands when we never were in the playoffs at home for 20-odd years.”
When he says "the meeting," he likely means he met with Brady and Belichick together but doesn't definitively say it. He then says that they have meetings all the time, so it's hard to pinpoint when exactly "the meeting" took place and if it was even about any tension between them.
We'll probably never know what was said and how their relationships are right now, but hopefully the air has been cleared.
That being said, we know this much - if there is any tension between Kraft and Belichick, Kraft isn't letting on, as he showed support for his coach of 18 years.
“With my fan hat on, you can come up with all kinds of reasons or things,” Kraft said. “But here’s the deal: We in New England are privileged to, I believe, have the greatest coach in the history of coaching. … I have faith in Bill as a coach that I don’t think there’s anyone who has the football knowledge and expertise combined with understanding personnel, no one can merge those two worlds [better]. And he’s done pretty well for us over the last 18 years. So, as a fan, I can question some of the moves. As someone who’s privileged to be the owner of this team, I encourage him to keep going with his instincts and doing what he thinks is right.”