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Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots dominated the NFL for more than 20 years, winning six Super Bowls and dozens of playoff victories.
But the Patriots have found themselves in a dry spell for the past three years, which for any normal club wouldn’t set off too many alarms.
However, for the Patriots owner, who is so used to success, three years without winning a playoff game is way too long.
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“I’m a big Patriot fan, first of all. More than anything, it bothers me that we haven’t been able to win a playoff game in the last three years,” Kraft said Tuesday at the meeting. annual NFL in Palm. Beach, Florida.
“I think we had an incredible two-decade span,” Kraft added. “After my family, there is nothing more important to me than the New England Patriots and winning football games. It’s my passion, so all I can do, I hope a little to make it happen, I’m here. I’m not happy that we haven’t won a playoff game in three years. So I think about it a lot.
Prior to the past three years, the Patriots had reached at least the divisional round in every playoff since 2010. The team lost in the wildcard round in 2019 and 2021 and failed to make the playoffs in 2020.
The Patriots’ last playoff win was a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII – with quarterback Tom Brady at the helm.
However, Kraft was optimistic, saying he expected the Patriots to be in contention again “as early as this year.”
“I think we’ve made the commitments as an organization. I think we’ve got a lot of talent, some wonderful young men from last year and a few in the weeds from before. It’s lucky for them to grow and hopefully come together, and the team comes together,” he said.
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The Patriots spent tons of money last offseason and the team selected quarterback Mac Jones (15th overall), defensive tackle Christian Barmore and running back Rhamondre Stevenson in the draft. Jones helped the Patriots go 10-7 and a top spot last season, but the team was eliminated in the playoffs by the Buffalo Bills.
Kraft said he was happy with last year’s draft and he expressed optimism about his team’s future, especially since the Patriots still have arguably the greatest coach in franchise history. the NFL, Bill Belichick.
Kraft also spoke about the importance of having a good draft this year, which he knows will be necessary for the team to return to the playoffs.
“I’m happy to think we had a great draft last year and made up for what happened in the previous four years,” Kraft said. “I’m looking forward to having a good draft this year. That’s the only way to build your team long term and consistently, to have a chance to win, is to have a good draft. “
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“So we have a chance. Without a good coach and a good quarterback, no matter how good the other players are, I don’t think you can win consistently. I hope we have both an outstanding coach and a good young prospect at quarterback,” he added.