FOXBORO -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed Friday that before Bill Belichick began his dynasty in 2000, there were TV network executives who told him not to hire him.
"He had a history in Cleveland," Kraft said. "His first year with us, he went 5-11 and then he went 1-3, so he was 6-14. I had people sending me tapes of him doing press conferences and heads of networks tell me I shouldn't hire him. But what I learned is this guy really knew the game. I think Bill's brillance is understanding what fits for our team."