Mike Giardi: Patriots’ ownership still continue to grapple with free-agency spending spree in 2021
During a recent segment on the Toucher & Rich radio program, Fred, Rich, and Boston Sports Journal‘s Mike Giardi, discussed the New England Patriots’ potential mid-season changes due to their recent struggles. There has been speculation among writers about internal discussions concerning a coaching change if the team’s poor performance continues.
future of Bill Belichick on the mind of every Patriots fans, Giardi suggesting that the Kraft family might be hesitant to make a mid-season coaching change.
Despite the Patriots’ subpar performance, Giardi proposed that the Kraft family may not be prepared to make a decisive change just yet, and they could opt to give Belichick another year. The dialogue extended to issues related to spending and salary cap management, as well as how the team is perceived externally.
Giardi also noted that the team’s ownership hasn’t gotten over the spending spree a few years back, even in a league with a salary cap delves into the dynamics of the Krafts/Belichick and the team’s financial decisions. in 2021, the Patriots spent a whopping $162 million dollars in free agency. The dynamics between the Kraft family and Bill Belichick, as well as the team’s financial decisions, were also scrutinized. Additionally, the absence of Tom Brady’s caliber was emphasized as a significant factor in the team’s recent struggles.
Boston Sports Journal’s Mike Giardi: “If we get into the situation where we’re talking about how it is perceived by people outside the organized fan base, so you can’t run it back? You can’t run it back with Billy. You can’t run it back. Well, plenty of people are like that, but it’s not Bill’s fault. It’s that they won’t let him spend money. Which is why they’re in lockstep. Why?”
Fred Toucher: “Because I hear this a lot.in a capped league. I don’t get that.
Rich Shertenlieb: “What happened three years ago when they did all that spending?”
Boston Sports Journal’s Mike Giardi: “The ownership still hasn’t sort of gotten over having to spend that much.”
Rich Shertenlieb: “So what’s the deal with that? What is the deal in a league with the cap? What is the deal with spending money on them?”
Boston Sports Journal’s Mike Giardi: “Well, I mean, what are they in the last five years? Are they 28th or 29th in actual cash spending? I’m telling you what people are at, but the feedback I get from the fan base about why it’s not Bill’s fault. I think, quite frankly, that Bill and the Krafts work in lockstep with that whole thing. I think Bill kind of gets off on not having to spend as much money and still producing for the better part of two decades and producing championship-level teams. But I think as we’ve, you know, had hammered over the last three and a half years, the guy that used to play quarterback had a lot to do with being able to play on a championship level.”
Nick Gemelli is a Producer for the Toucher and Rich program and contributor for 985thesportshub.com. you can follow Nick at @NickGemelli on Twitter.