Just like when Robert Kraft bought the Patriots franchise back in 1994, he’s still craving championships.
Kraft stopped by the Sportscenter set today and sat down with ESPN’s duo of anchor Hannah Storm and analyst/hometown hero Tedy Bruschi, and didn’t mince words when asked if he was impatient about the Patriots bringing home a fourth Lombardi trophy.
“Absolutely. Especially as the years start creeping up and you realize how delicate everything is. Look at last year: We thought we had a great team and then Vince [Wilfork] goes down in Week 4 and Tommy Kelly in Week 5 and Jerod Mayo in Week 6. So that solid defense … that’s the beauty of this game, no one knows what’s going to happen.”
“We want it (a Super Bowl victory) real bad. In the end, like everything in life, it is about execution. You have to make it happen, and you also need good fortune not to have injuries and then have the ball bounce right.”
And lest ESPN’s audience think that Kraft’s approach to winning is all hoping and praying, the Patriots owner keyed fans in to another improvement he made this offseason, in addition to free-agent wheeling and dealing:
“We’ve invested over $25 million to try to get our facilities top-notch. In this business, if you aren’t always pushing — whether it’s in the area of developing software or getting the right free agents or doing all the little things that can help, hopefully, put you in a good position to try to win. It’s so hard, as you know.”
Just like the ecstatic crowd of fans at Gillette this morning that almost looked like a navy-blue running of the bulls, Robert Kraft is just as excited as anyone that the season is right around the corner.
“You feel reborn…It’s great to see football back.”
“I probably speak for every owner in the league that this time of year we’re all excited. We think the sky’s the limit. We’ve made our offseason moves. We’ve had our draft. It’s 0-0 wins and losses. So optimistic.”
After getting gut-punched by Denver and arch-nemesis Peyton Manning in last season’s AFC Championship, optimism sure seems to be beaming out of Foxborough this week.