Robert Kraft is so used to the New England Patriots winning that a 3-year run of no postseason wins has him on edge.
The Patriots owner spoke to reporters at NFL owners’ meetings on Tuesday and showed just how impatient he is becoming with the era of Patriots football that does not have Tom Brady behind center anymore.
Kraft expressed disappointment that the franchise has not had postseason success in the last few years.
“I’m a Patriot fan, big time, first, and more than anything it bothers me that we haven’t been able to win a playoff game in the last three years,” he said.
New England’s last playoff win came in February 2019, when the Patriots defeated the Rams in Super Bowl 53.
That following season, which would be Tom Brady’s last one with the franchise, the team lost to the Tennessee Titans in the wild-card round of the playoffs.
“I’m happy that we had a great draft last year and it made up for what happened the previous four years or so, and I look forward to hopefully having a great draft this year. It’s the only way you can build your team for long term and consistently that you have a chance of winning, is having a good draft,” he said.
The Patriots finished the regular season at 10-7 last year before getting destroyed by the AFC East rival Bills, 47-17, in the wild-card playoff game.
Kraft is hoping for some positive results in 2022.
“I’d expect it to happen as soon as this year,” he said. “I think we’ve made commitments as an organization. I think we have a lot of talent. Some wonderful young men from last year and a couple in the weeds from before. It’s a chance for them to grow and hopefully come together, and the team comes together.”