But I did think it was at least a little eye-opening how hard the owner took the 33-14 beatdown Baltimore laid on the Patriots, and how open he was this morning about expressing those feelings.
“To come out and start a game the way we played a playoff game in our stadium, that should never happen,” Kraft said. “I mean, it was really one of the most frustrating moments I’ve had since owning the franchise.”
Kraft did say that the loss has had an effect on the club’s outlook on this offseason. Not that it’s necessarily related, but the owner also noted how much effort his football people — led by Bill Belichick — are putting into preparing for a draft in which the Patriots hold four of the top 53 selections. And you have to think with all that, the disappointment of January lingers, and may even provide a drive behind the work.
“I don’t ever remember us being in a game and having things go that way and us appearing to be so non-competitive in the 16 years I owned the team,” Kraft said. “I heard from some fans, and I felt exactly what they felt. It was such an empty feeling, and we want to do the best we can do to make sure we’re not in that position this coming year.”