Morning sports update: Robert Kraft explains the rule that’s keeping the Brady-Belichick combo in place

"We never break something down unless we can put something better in its place."

Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots and Revolution, was falsely reported to be interested in buying Sevilla.
Robert Kraft in 2018. –Chris O'Meara / AP

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Robert Kraft explains the rule that’s keeping the Brady-Belichick combo in place

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — especially if you don’t have an even better replacement waiting in the wings.

That’s one steadfast rule Patriots owner Robert Kraft swears by, and it’s meant the franchise hasn’t seen any turnover at the head coach or quarterback position since the turn of the century.


“It’s pretty simple for me, I try to stay with high-quality people,” Kraft told former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “And then if you have something pretty good going, have continuity. The fact that Bill [Belichick] and Tommy [Brady] are together for 19 years is — you know what it’s like in the locker room and egos…”

Bruschi noted people in the locker room get tired of each other every once in a while, adding with a laugh that he certainly got tired of the head coach at times. Kraft joked that he thought it had been all roses and warm feelings between Bruschi and Belichick.

“The job of ownership is to keep continuity when you have something good,” he said. “I think some people just make change for change’s sake, and I have a rule: We never break something down unless we can put something better in its place. And the Belichick-Brady combo has been pretty good.”

Bit of an understatement there.

“I think as an organization, going back to what you said, of putting distractions aside — whether it’s the media or just normal events — everyone checks their ego at the front door and puts the team first,” Kraft added.


Kraft’s comments come after an offseason in Foxborough that included rumors of a rift between the trio at the top of the New England totem pole. The offseason also saw offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels accept an offer to take over as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, then reverse course and return to the Patriots.

“Josh has got a great mind intellectually in the offensive area,” Kraft said. “I don’t think there’s anyone better in the league. Tommy and he have a great chemistry. He had a great learning curve experience, too. I think the fact that he had success, left here, and then went through some difficult times in the places he was at, makes him even better for us today.”

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