Looking back at the 2015 season in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with WCVB’s Maria Stephanos, Patriots owner Robert Kraft talked about Tom Brady

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

Looking back at the 2015 season in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with WCVB’s Maria Stephanos, Patriots owner Robert Kraft talked about Tom Brady being booed at the Super Bowl, his biggest regret from the season, among other things.

Kraft’s biggest regret may be the same as many Patriots fans — not having the AFC title game at home.

“I think, if I have any regrets, it’s that that conference championship wasn’t played here in our hometown,” Kraft said. “We’ve won seven division titles in a row, so I am pretty proud that in my opinion, we have the greatest coach and greatest quarterback of all-time. Having that chemistry with them together, the leadership they bring.”

Despite not reaching the Super Bowl, Kraft acknowledged the team’s mental toughness as they had to deal with a lot of things during the course of the season, starting with Deflategate.

“If you’re running businesses anywhere in the world, the people who really do well, are the people who have mental toughness.” Kraft said. “People talk about it, but this team had a lot of distractions, a lot of physical injuries and that whole next man up and mental toughness was amazing.”

The Patriots owner is also hopeful Brady and Bill Belichick retire as members of the Patriots.

“I sure hope so. That is my plan,” he said. “I’ve learned to take one year at a time and root for the best, but we’ve had the consistency of having Bill and Tom for 16 years. I was thinking about it — we’ve finished 22 seasons and I’ve had two quarterbacks in 22 years. Start the season, Drew [Bledsoe] and Tom. You just look at the teams in our division and see how many quarterbacks they’ve had since we’ve been in. We’re pretty lucky and part of our philosophy is to have stability and consistency.”

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Ryan Hannable

In the late stages of Super Bowl 50, there was a shot of the Manning family suite broadcast on television with family members celebrating after a Denver touchdown. Everyone appeared to be having a good time, except for Eli Manning. The Giants quarterback explained why he was holding back his emotions in an interview with TMZ Sports:

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Christopher Price

From a Patriots perspective, the biggest story from Super Bowl 50 was Tom Brady being booed when he was introduced with the previous Super Bowl MVP winners.

Tom Brady was booed at Super Bowl 50.  (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Tom Brady was booed at Super Bowl 50. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

From a Patriots perspective, the biggest story from Super Bowl 50 was Tom Brady being booed when he was introduced with the previous Super Bowl MVP winners.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was at the game and in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with WCVB’s Maria Stephanos on Wednesday, he shared his thoughts on what happened.

“I mean to us, we didn’t hear it,” Kraft said. “We just heard loud noise and I just heard cheers everywhere around me. I didn’t find out what people — all the social media chatter, and I think there were a lot of Denver fans and Raider fans in the audience since it was so close. I don’t know. I think they see us as a big rival.

“He is such a classy, wonderful guy. He went there representing our team, our coaches, our fans.”

Kraft was also asked if he saw Roger Goodell at all during the week.

Typically he would see him at Goodell’s state of the league on Friday, but there was a Hall of Fame luncheon during that time so Kraft went to that instead.

The Patriots owner did say he talked to him briefly at the owners’ meeting Thursday night, but the conversation wasn’t “eventful.”

A lot of Patriots fans have wondered why the treatment of Peyton Manning and his case with HGH being sent to his home has been handled differently both in the media and with the league than Deflategate with Brady last year at this time.

“Well, I’ll let you and all the media experts opine on that,” Kraft said. “I happened to see Archie [Manning] there. He has two sons now who have won two Super Bowls, but with all due respect, we have one son who has won four.”

Kraft also relayed a gameday superstition where he typically uses an electric razor, but on gameday he uses a straight edge Gillette.

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Ryan Hannable

With the 2015 season complete, here’s a timeline of some key offseason dates, and how they relate to the Patriots.

February 16: First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition Players. The Patriots aren’t expected to use the franchise tag this year.
February 23-29: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. Usually coach Bill Belichick or personnel chief Nick Caserio speaks with the media about the offseason.
March 1: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition Players.
March 7-9: The legal tampering window. Clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents when the new year begins (March 9). However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
March 9:  The 2016 league year and free agency period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time. Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2016 on all players who have option clauses in their 2015 contracts. In addition, all clubs must be under the 2016 salary cap prior, and the trading period for 2016 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2015 contracts.
March 20-23: Annual League Meetings, Boca Raton, Fla. Another opportunity to hear from Belichick at the annual AFC coaches breakfast.
Mid-April: Usually, the upcoming regular-season schedule is unveiled. The Patriots will likely be in the mix as one of the Broncos‘ opponents for the regular-season opener, expected to be in Denver on Sept. 8.
April 4: Teams with new head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 18: Teams with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 22: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
April 28-30: 2016 NFL draft, Chicago. The Patriots do not have a first-round pick.
April 30: After the final selection in the draft has been made, clubs may begin signing undrafted free agents who were eligible for the 2016 draft.
May 6-9: The first weekend after the NFL draft, clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamp.
May 13-16: The second weekend after the NFL draft, clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamp.
June 19-25: Rookie Symposium, Aurora, Ohio.
July 15: At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a franchise player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2016 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.
Late July-early August: Start of training camp.

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Christopher Price

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have gotten their respective teams to the top of the mountain this decade. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The Steelers of the 1970s. The Niners of the 1980s.



The Patriots have waived running back Montee Ball, according to the NFL transaction wire.

Ball, 25, was signed by New England to the practice squad in December. The former second-round pick of the Broncos in 2013 did not see any game action with the Patriots this season.

The Patriots have waived running back Montee Ball, according to the NFL transaction wire.

Ball, 25, was signed by New England to the practice squad in December. The former second-round pick of the Broncos in 2013 did not see any game action with the Patriots this season.

Ball was charged with two misdemeanors in a domestic assault case involving his girlfriend earlier this winter, but it was revealed Monday that he won’t face felony charges.

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Christopher Price

Cam Newton continues to embarrass himself. (Mark Rebilas/USA Today)In whose world is this OK?