Patriots owner Robert Kraft joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, with his team sitting at 5-1 heading into its bye weekend. Kraft said that while coach Bill Belichick might be quick to move on to the next game, he takes a little more time to enjoy the team's success.
"After my family, there's nothing more important to me than the New England Patriots team. And winning is what we're about, so when we win, I do savor it," he said. "We're not on this planet forever, and we've got to make sure we enjoy the special people around us and the special events that happen in our life and savor them.
"So, it's Bill's job to do that, and his philosophy works pretty well. I'm pretty proud that since we bought this team -- and I remember my sweetheart thought I was nuts. We had the worst won-loss record the previous five years. And now this our 18th season, if you can believe it. I'm pretty proud that we have the best won-loss record in the NFL. We're going to continue to enjoy it. Hopefully, it continues this year."
Kraft said the bye week comes at a good time for the team, coming off Sunday's dramatic win over the Cowboys.
"The bottom line is here we're going into the bye and we're 5-1. It's the eighth time in franchise history, in our 52 years, that we're 5-1. And I think having this extra week off at this time is a good thing. It allows some of our guys that are banged up to get it together. We have four new people eligible to play for the team. I know everyone's excited to see Kevin Faulk come back. I think we're positioned well. But there's acts of God that happen along the way. Our game, because of injuries, you can never truly predict what's going to happen."
Added Kraft: "I think the best part of the last game is we did come from behind and we did what we had to do, which is what we did for many years. And I think a lot of people questioned whether that was still there. I think this last victory, in the form they did it, gave the team a great deal of confidence. It's very important when a team goes out on the field that no matter what happens … that they always believe they can come back. I sensed that that feeling might have been a little ambivalent for a while. But after this last game and going into the bye, I think there's a great deal of confidence. That's encouraging. Now, we'll see what happens."
Following are more highlights from the conversation.
On Wes Welker, and the possibility of signing him to a contract extension: "He's just a special guy. He's a phenomenon. It's our hope that he will be someone who will be with us for the rest of his career. You know that we're a team that's not about trying to encourage and sign people who want the last dollar. If money's the most important thing, then we'll have trouble getting a deal done.
"And I just want to say this, whether it's Wes Welker, Tom Brady, Logan Mankins or any player: When we decide what our limit is, of what we can afford to pay a player, it's not like whatever we don't pay to that player the Kraft family are putting it in our pockets. It's about trying to build a team and have certain disciplines and know that you need a team of 53 players. Whatever money we don't give to Wes Welker is going to go to other players to build a team. But he is pretty special. … We couldn't ask for a better guy."
On Belichick's future in Foxboro: "We're privileged to have a coach who's pretty good. I'd like to try to help him have as long a shelf life as he can have. Being an NFL head coach is a grueling job for six months of the year. You need someone who understands what's involved. It's hard for the general public. The hours they put in -- I'll speak to him at 11 o'clock at night, and he'll leave me a voicemail at quarter of 6 in the morning, when he's just about at the stadium. It's a different thing.
"Now, having stability in this business, when you've had a certain modicum of success, it's hard to maintain, because there are a lot of forces pulling it apart. I think it's ownership's responsibility to try to do the best they can to solve it. Bill loves coaching, and we love having him here. We're trying to always facilitate to keep his shelf life energetic, fresh and hungry."
On sustaining success: "It's great when you win, but it's good for everyone to exercise a little humility and understand that it really is a team effort and a lot of things coming together. You look at our season when we won 18 games. We thought we had something special and we came so close and there were just forces at work that didn't allow us to win and have that perfect season. Believe me, it was a great shock against all of us. Just a few things changing, a little things changing, the egos and reputations of everyone would have been a lot different. There's acts of God and there's chemistry between people and then just the bounce of the balls. …
"I've learned that you've just got to have a steady force and stay in that middle zone and not get too high or too low. Although, I'll tell you, losing still is a lot worse feeling than winning. We want to do anything we can to put ourselves in the best position to avoid losing."
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Rob Bradford is joined by both Lou Merloni and Curt Schilling to discuss the recent controversy involving Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes and their respective teams. The two former major leagues offer insight to how baseball handles (and should handle) hitting batters as an act of revenge, with their own stories of involving similar situations as the one that unfolded in Baltimore. They also break down the decision to take Chris Sale out of his last start after eight innings. The former pitcher and batter cover it all from every angle.
John Tomase gives his acceptance speech for winning the 2017 Kirk and Callahan NC-Double A-hole tournament.
Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.
Cyd Ziegler, of Outsports, says it isn’t right to talk ab out Hernandez’s sexuality.
HOUR 4 - The guys talked about Magic Johnson "tampering" with Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel, a potential Jae Crowder for Carmelo Anthony trade, Isaiah Thomas' growth as a playoff performer, and we ended the show with John Tomase's A-Hole acceptance speech.
Hour 3 - The guys review the remarks Dustin Pedroia made about siding with his teammates years ago compared to his lack of having Matt Barnes back. Lou has a stern response to David Price’s “Twitter Press Conference.” News breaks that Rondo may be able to play in game 6.
Hour 2 - Glenn, Lou, and Christian review at the Patriots busy backfield and debate on who will make the team, and why they didn’t value LaGarrette Blount anymore. The guys examine the Bart Hubbuch Deadspin article on Kraft being on the board of directors of private-equity Apollo Global Management, which is linked to Caesars.
The article didn't actually reveal anything that wasn't already public record, but the Globe "expose" on Brady and his relationship with the Best Buddies charity certainly has everybody around here talking about it.
We spend some time talking Sox as news of the rain cancellation comes down. A few more thoughts on the spat in Baltimore and Dustin Pedroia, plus David Price takes to twitter for his "media session".
Dollar beer night in Houston!
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Rich Keefe & Uncle Buck (Boston Sports 101) talk about the greatest comic book writer of all-time, Alan Moore. They look at his best works including Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Plus they rank the movies he has inspired (and refused to watch).
Keefe, Holley, and Ben talk about how the Celtics tied their series with the Bulls after a terrible start, why Gerald Green is starting and making an impact, and where is Jaylen Brown?
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about the beginning of the Baseball season. Why players need as much time as they do to get ready for the season, and what they should be doing in their offseason.
Danny talks about the Red Sox and Orioles game and the fireworks in the 8th inning when Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado. Pedroia was shown talking to Machado saying he wouldn't have thrown at his head and Danny wants to know how bad does this make Pedroia look throwing a teammate under the bus.More from this show
Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.More from this show
Hour 1. Mut joins Kirk and Gerry. The guys can’t believe neither Boston newspaper covered the Hernandez sexuality story. Over the weekend, the Globe’s Bob Hohler wrote a slanted piece about Tom Brady’s work with charity.More from this show
Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.More from this show
Hour 1. Tomase, Gerry, and Kirk discuss the identity of Aaron Hernandez’s gay lover. Tanguay thinks Brady held up Best Buddies and Kirk agrees. Tomase investigated where Ortiz sends his charity’s money.More from this show