Another season has come and gone for the New England Patriots, and for the second time in three years, they have failed to secure a spot in the playoffs.
It wasn’t too long ago when missing out on the No. 1 seed was considered a disappointment. Now, missing the playoffs entirely is trending towards becoming the norm.
Robert and Jonathan Kraft penned a letter to season ticket holders, following Sunday’s 35-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills. There was a serious tone in the writing that played up the expectations that changes could be coming to New England in the offseason. At the very least, it doesn’t seem as if ownership would be content to just run things back.
“We can assure you that no one in our organization is satisfied with the results from this past season. In the weeks ahead, we will be making critical evaluations of all elements of our football operation as we strive to improve and return to the playoffs next year.”
There have been reports that owner Robert Kraft hasn’t been happy with the team this season. When asked to respond to those reports, coach Bill Belichick sidestepped the question.
The good news is there will be no more sidestepping behind closed doors after the Patriots put forth one of their worst seasons of football in the Belichick era.