New England Patriots’ coach and owner still proud of their team – NFL news Update
Despite coming short of a Super Bowl victory, the New England Patriots’ owner, Robert Kraft, and Head Coach, Bill Belichick, are proud of their players for making it to the Super Bowl and showing a good fighting spirit.
Belichick, speaking to the media said that he was proud of his players who worked hard the whole season.
He added that though they came a bit short in the last game, he still had all the respect for them and enjoyed coaching them.
"I really, really enjoyed coaching this team. I have a lot of respect for them." Belichick said.
Kraft was no different from his coach.
He commended the players for having done a good job this season and thanked the Patriots’ supporters for all the support they gave to him and his family throughout the year.
Kraft was proud of the players for demonstrating the determination to fight throughout the season to honour his wife.
"When we dedicated this season to my sweetheart, I spoke with the coaches and the players and asked them to do something that would be special in her honour. The strength and spirit I saw with the team was unlike any other team
I've seen in my 18 years in the NFL.” Kraft said.
Kraft not sounding dismal noted out that there was only a small chance of making it to the super Bowl and even smaller of winning it and said that the coaching staff and the players had done a “remarkable job” this year. Kraft
termed the past season as a “memorable”’ one.
Kraft also pointed out to the high level of expectation they have developed in the Patriots’ team and was happy about it.
"What happened is we have created a level of expectations that is high." Kraft said.
The high level of expectation stems from the fact that under Kraft, the Patriots have done remarkably well by winning the Super Bowl in 2002, 2004 and 2005. They were the runners up in 2008 and 2012. The Patriots were defeated
both the times in 2008 and 2012 by the New York Giants.
Kraft said he was disappointed with the loss but is now looking forward to the next year.
Kraft has now been the owner of New England Patriots for 18 years, in which Patriots have made it to the Super Bowl six times and to the conference championship games seven times while having only two failed seasons.
Patriots were defeated by New York Giants, 21-17, in a closely fought encounter last night.