A National NFL Insider believes it’s wrong to think Patriots owner Robert Kraft wouldn’t fire Bill Belichick
In a recent article, Jeff Howe highlights the challenges and concerns facing the New England Patriots, specifically their owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots have recently suffered back-to-back humiliating losses, including a 34-0 shutout against the New Orleans Saints, marking the worst shutout loss in franchise history.
Kraft, despite his loyalty to Belichick and their shared success over two decades, is becoming increasingly frustrated with the team’s lack of success, particularly in the post-Tom Brady era. While Belichick was initially hired for his defensive acumen and salary cap expertise, the team’s inability to adapt to the changing landscape of the NFL has become a glaring issue. Not investing in top-tier wide receivers, struggling to draft and develop talent, and failing to build a strong offensive line are among the key concerns.
The quarterback situation is also uncertain, with Mac Jones facing criticism and questions about his potential due to the instability around him. The lack of a succession plan when former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels departed in 2022 has further complicated matters, with Belichick’s choices backfiring.
The Patriots have also struggled to keep their homegrown talent, unlike other successful teams around the league. The defense, frustrated with the underperforming offense, is enduring its own challenges.
Kraft, who grew up as a Patriots fan during their darkest days, is running out of patience and is likely to expect better results. The team’s current record and performance indicate that a turnaround might not be imminent, and Kraft is no longer thrilled with watching other teams’ highlights on his new, expensive scoreboard.
The Patriots, who were once a dominant force in the NFL, are now grappling with the possibility of missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The team’s point and turnover differentials are among the worst in the league, and they currently hold the fifth pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. The team’s glory days seem like a distant memory, and the pressure is mounting on Belichick to turn things around quickly.
During this morning’s Toucher & Rich radio program, Fred, Rich and Jon Wallach discuss the article and express their surprise at the shift in public opinion regarding Belichick. They note that many Patriots fans are now critical of the coach and question his decisions, something that was uncommon in the past when he was considered infallible. They also highlight the need for immediate and significant changes in Foxborough, including a new GM and coaching staff.
You can read Howe’s article here.
Nick Gemelli is a Producer for the Toucher and Rich program and contributor for 985thesportshub.com. you can follow Nick at @NickGemelli on Twitter.