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Zod, just shut the goddamn place down if you're going to go on this trip too. Did you know Robert Kraft didn't want Belichick because he was associated with Bill Parcells, and only hired him later because he decided enough time had passed that he could consider Belichik on his own merits?

actually, kraft wanted belichick from day one...

And as it turns out, Kraft had his eye on Belichick from the time he bought the team in 1994. After his tenure as Cleveland's head coach ended in 1995, Belichick spent one year as Bill Parcells' assistant head coach in Foxboro. However, the enmity between Kraft and Parcells forced a change after that season, and Kraft hired Pete Carroll to replace Parcells in time for the 1997 season. Parcells and Belichick moved to the New York Jets.

"We had our budget full when Belichick got fired," Kraft said. "Parcells said, 'Look, this is a guy I think we should have in the system. You talk to him and see if you agree.' I liked him from the minute I met him. That's when I realized I would eventually hire him as a coach."

Kraft and his wife Myra [she passed away last year], and Belichick and his wife, Debby, went to dinner after Parcells left the Patriots, and Kraft explained why he had to make a clean break from the Parcells era. "I probably should have hired him," Kraft said. "But in the important decisions in life, I go with my instinct. I don't think Belichick would have been right in '96. I told him when I didn't hire him that I thought he had to work on how he handled the media, how he handled things. But the real problem I had with him was he was so tight with Parcells. I thought Parcells had stuck it to us. Belichick wanted to stay with us. He didn't want to go."

Kraft hired Belichick in 2000 and watched his new coach put together the first dynasty of the salary cap era, as the Pats won three Super Bowls between 2001 and 2004. But it wasn't always easy, or pretty, and it's always interesting to see the inner workings of decisions that are more complex than they appear.

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Pfffft. The problem has been Capers, Seifert, Fox, Rivera, Polian and Hurney.

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Something tells me whenever JR leaves this earth, a lot of you are gonna be sorry you asked for it.

Because he's such a great owner right now?

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Pfffft. The problem has been Capers, Seifert, Fox, Rivera, Polian and Hurney.

well, they were a subset of problems

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Wait so we could have an owner rich enough to care about winning first and their stock holders second.

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Fix your reading comprehension. He says right there he should have hired Belichick but didn't because of his relationship with Parcells. Obviously Kraft didn't want him bad enough.

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I'm not sure you're really making a solid point.

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People here just LOVE to be right and make snarky remarks pertaining to the alleged wrongess of others. It's like the Huddle's favorite thing to do.

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I think the legend of Bob Kraft has grown out of control. He's an ok owner but he hired a good coach who drafted a good QB. It's very short sighted to heap praise upon them for holding together the same coach/qb for the length of the QBs career. Brady could have blown out his knee in year 4 then who knows what we think of the Patriots.

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People here just LOVE to be right and make snarky remarks pertaining to the alleged wrongess of others. It's like the Huddle's favorite thing to do.

yeah I hate it when people are right about stuff

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Let's not forget this "model franchise" had embarassing moments like bountygate. They win and they win consistently but Al Davis and Jerry Jones had glory days as well.

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some of the huddlers confuse me. they downplay what other teams/coaches/owners have done. including winning and somehow defend what goes on in Carolina.

isn't the playoffs and winning in the playoffs the ultimate goal of an NFL franchise? am i missing something? is there a secret society where mediocrity is ok and acceptable?

tell me because currently my credit score isn't what it use to be and i could go apply for a REFI and get a killer rate.

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