New England Patriots

By Matt McCarthy,

Earlier this week, Tom Brady made it clear that he plans to play in 2019.

Now it sounds like Bill Belichick has no plans to go anywhere next year either, at least according to his boss.

In an interview with CBS This Morning, Patriots owner Robert Kraft expressed confidence that Belichick will coach the Patriots in 2019.

Kraft spoke of the stability and the success that he has enjoyed with Belichick and Tom Brady over the last 17 years, and said it’s his job as owner to keep them together.

“We’ve been privileged to have the two key people who are the greatest, in my opinion, in the 99-year history of the NFL at their positions. Keeping them together, it will be two decades next year, that’s the main task of ownership.”

“In life, if you want to develop something that has sustainability, the first thing is you try to attract good people that fit your culture. The trick of that is to make sure there’s never division from within. There can be a lot of different opinions from within, but that you keep it together and get everyone to check their ego at the front door,” Kraft added.

Kraft was vocal at the end of last season and over the summer about the reported strife between Belichick and Brady. He was dismissive of the suggestion that there was “dysfunction” in Foxboro.

“There’s no dysfunction,” Kraft said earlier this year. “There’s tension. And I think a certain amount of tension helps make great things happen.”

Tension or no tension, it sounds like the band is getting back together in 2019.

You can hear Matt McCarthy on various 98.5 The Sports Hub programs. Follow him on Twitter @MattMcCarthy985.

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