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    Not sure how many of you heard the fairly animated exchange b/t/w Felger and Jonathan Kraft last night but I thought it was pretty entertaining. A couple of points that I thought were interesting in terms of ownership's take on player management, etc.

    -Felger argued that the Pats have outstanding talent in the FO and all the financial resources to dominate every single year, but don't spend as much as other teams (like Dallas, NYG) in terms of FAs and locking up top-tier talent like Wilfork, etc. Kraft went down the road of maintaining a balance of having flexibility and running a business that is sustainable through the good years and the bad years.

    -Felger contends that the Pats should have locked up Asante after the 05 season and accused the Pats of being a penny-wise and a pound foolish, Jonathan totally left his guard down and said (paraphrasing), "We made a personnel decision on Asante...I mean...look at his last game with us (SB 42)......" he then stopped short and started to speak in glowing terms of Asante. From an ownership's perspective, I thought that was a really, really interesting window into what he really thinks.

    A noticeable trait that Jonathan has that his father does not is that Jonathan will mix it up, argue a point and battle where as Kraft-Sr. will take the high road and keep the conversation on an even keel.

    From a reliable source, I heard that BB and Jonathan wern't on good terms mid-way to late during the 2002 season. BB felt that he needed to go out and upgrade the talent via FA (IE spend money) and Jonathan challenged Bill and basically held the position of, "You built a SB from street-FAs, why can't you do that now?" . Thankfully, Kraft Sr. stepped in and gave BB the green light to go off and get Colvin, Poole, etc. I had heard that JK really pissed off Parcells to no end when Tuna ran things.

    All in all, I think Jonathan is a bit more of a fiery personality than Kraft Sr. which can rub people the wrong way sometimes. I know people who can vouch for his business acumen and he is as smart as a whip so from a financial standpoint. IMO the team is in great hands when Kraft-Sr decides to take a step back.

    Looking forward to other thoughts from Patriot Nation...
     
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    Re: Jonathan Kraft On Felger and Mazz Last Night

    I generally agree with that although what you said earlier :


    Has me a little concerned. It's great that Belichick has won with street FA but he obviously can't do that consistently. Hopefully Jonathan has leaned his lesson in this because Belichick will be in a position that he can just walk away any time he wants if ownership becomes too much of a burden. In the end "you are who you are" and hopefully that's not the Jonathan Kraft who will emerge when his dad is no longer around.
     
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    If the case is that JK and BB were at odds on FA... JK can bring up we broke the bank on Adalius Thomas and look what kind of production that led.. I doubt that there was that much tension, because BB prob would have bolted a while back.. ala parcells.. So if there was it was quickly resolved...
     
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    Re: Jonathan Kraft On Felger and Mazz Last Night

    Another point- from the same source, it was actually Jonathan who lobbied Robert for BB to be hired. Apparantly, Jonathan and BB hit it off very well when he was here in 96.

    In the case of the spending, word on the street was that BB was POs thatthat Jonathan was, in Bills assesement, "telling him to shop at Building 19".
     
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    That's fairly well known, Belichick spent a lot of time with Jonathan talking about his thinking on FA, spending money and NFL economics in the new era; in fact Jonathan largely wanted to have Belichick replace Parcells but it was decided they needed a cleaner break from Parcells.
     
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    Jonathan is a very sharp guy in his own right and is very defensive about people thinking that he just rides his dad's coat tails.
     
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    Re: Jonathan Kraft On Felger and Mazz Last Night

    Kraft senior is a rare owner, as good at what he does as Belichick is at coaching.

    His son, Junior Kraft, is a lot more like other owners in the league. Less objective, more emotional, less tactful, and apparently got on the wrong side of both Parcells and Belichick (not a good sign).

    I hope Bob senior lives until he's 150.
     
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    Re: Jonathan Kraft On Felger and Mazz Last Night

    If there's an implication that Jonathan and Robert aren't on the same page, though, it has to be wrong. The head guy is always the politician, but the next in command is the one who is the mouthpiece. If Jonathan said those things to BB, I'm sure BB knew that Robert was thinking them too.

    With a salary cap, I don't understand Felger's argument. Then again, I don't understand NFL finances well, so who knows? I do think owners who look at the NFL as a business are losers--from a fan's eyes. Ralph Wilson made $800 million in 40 years, or 100,000% of his initial money.

    The guy should do something for the fans that support that franchise, like sell to Jim Kelly's guys for $150 million less than the franchise worth of $800 million. Kelly's guys think they can sustain the franchise in Buffalo if the debt ceiling is no more than $650 million minus the cash they want to put down.

    As a fan, I say Wilson should do it, because after capital gains and estate taxes, that $150 million extra will shrink. Is it really worth depriVing Buffalo of a franchise for $60 million when you made that much $$$?
     
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    Re: Jonathan Kraft On Felger and Mazz Last Night

    I heard a bit of that and Felger was going down the path of spending..and being his always smarmy self...Mazz was on the sideline..clueless...BUT Felger was using I believe the US Today numbers calling it cash spent and pushing his point..without listening at all as to what Kraft was saying.
    Frankly, Felger is Tomase with a pretty boy face..and twice as smug..To me he did not listen at all and showed MORE how he really does not undesrtand the facts than anything else..NO surprise to me.
    I think he's rude and about as unlikable as anyone in the media..taking jock sniffing to a new high..as he couldn't organize a pee wee team much less anything close to the NFL.
    What I thought was funny was that after all this hubub Kraft asked Mazz if sometmie they could talk about baseball and the Sox.
     
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    No...no implication. IMO it is ownership's job to question management's spending. Not taking BBs side at all. My guess is that it may have gotten a bit more heated than it should have. maybe the Krafts were all worried after laying out the cash for a new stadium and the team being sub-par that year were a bit on-edge. I wish I knew the actual words or context that triggered their animosity.
     
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    Re: Jonathan Kraft On Felger and Mazz Last Night

    Felger got taken under someone's wing back in 2001 because he was perceived as fair to the team amidst a sea of pond scumers... I believe that someone was Jonathan, although BB reportedly gave him the time of day as well. You heard Kraft intimate they'd been through this all before, cash over cap and all. Felger is either a moron or so twisted after he toppled into the abyss following the release of Patriots Reign that he simply refuses to acknowledge simple logic nowadays because it doesn't drive ratings.
     
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    Felger is smug. I've heard him brashly tout that he doesn't understand the salary cap and "doesn't care". To me this is inexcusable. Opining about what the franchise should or should not do while willfully ignoring the elephant in the room (the cap) makes anything pretty boy Felgie says along these lines as total rubbish.

    Great Bye week thread 5 stars
     
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    Re: Jonathan Kraft On Felger and Mazz Last Night

    That was funny about the Sox comment.

    It aggrevated me that Felger kept interrupting Jonathan and didn't let him finish this thoughts. God sakes.

    It was funny when Jonathan said, "I'm sure your listeners don't want to hear about all the ins and outs of the salary cap". WRONG!
     
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    Thoughts above in Bold. Thanks for a very interesting post and thread!
     
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    As do I. As do I. Best owner in the NFL.
     
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    JK is not a train wreck like Jerry Jones or Dan Snyder, but he's a little nebbish who's always done what parents and teachers have told him. Not sure he's one to continue to family tradition like the Rooneys have.
     
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    Re: Jonathan Kraft On Felger and Mazz Last Night

    I used to be a fan of Felger, though he sometimes pissed me off with some of his rants. I thought of him as refreshing and a little against the grain. Now that "against the grain" attitude has become the stark shriek of a nail across a blackboard. What is so troubling is his attempt to play the rebel on every subject even when he is confronted with FACTS that belie his position. His refusal to LISTEN to opposing points and continue to argue a point that has already been answered keeps me from listening to his show or respecting what he says. Its almost like D&C all over again, without the right wing politics, but the same bullying personna.

    Too bad.
     
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    Re: Jonathan Kraft On Felger and Mazz Last Night

    Felger's of the opinion that the Patriots are trying to keep the actual payroll a lot lower than it appears on the cap, and that the team is looking to spend only about $100 million dollars on player salaries. He's able to pull up some data to make his point seem plausible.

    Kraft and company can deny that all they want, or they can explain it a way in whatever manner suits them, but the actual dollars spent in recent years has not been "to the cap", which is what Felger is calling them out on. I'm not saying that they should be spending each and every dollar up to the cap, because I don't think it's wise to do so every season, but Felger's argument does have at least a grain of truth in it.
     
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    Re: Jonathan Kraft On Felger and Mazz Last Night

    Felger's argument that the cap isn't an issue for teams anymore is off-base. The cap hasn't been an issue in recent years because of big growth in the salary cap, but that doesn't mean the cap will keep growing each season.

    Felger would like the Pats to go for broke and try to stock up for the present. Jonathan's argues there is uncertainty right now and that strategy could backfire. If there is a cap next year, then the Pats could be screwed if they acted like there would be no cap. Also, it isn't just about spending money, it is about spending it on the right players. You just don't go spending it because you have it.

    You can say what you want about cash-vs-cap, but the fact is the Pats have not let any cap room go unused. At the end of the year they have carried over any unused room into the following year via the use of the incentive loophole, after incentives are taken into account.

    It isn't like cap room is going unused. Last year 3 teams did that, with the Bills, Bengals and Chiefs letting cap space get lost forever by not carrying it over via the incentive adjustment. The Pats haven't done that. However, they have made concessions to the long-term.

    About the only thing I got out of Felger's blather is that he doesn't know enough to speak on the subject.
     
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    Re: Jonathan Kraft On Felger and Mazz Last Night

    Arguing about the cap is one thing...but Felger was talking about cash outlay...and again..these are more another view of financial things..the salary cap is what the league uses, but it is NOT cash spent for that year at all...so Felger was using some other view..saying it was low and really not connecting the two..Kraft was arguing that Felger's numbers were I believe "committed cash"...and Felger didn't wish to hear anything, even if that was more in defining certain terms...HE was ramming his viewpoint howver dumb down anyone's throat. I think someone with REAL knowledge of things could have made a monkey out of him and should have, for it was more like a kindergarten student trying to explain things on a high school level and being entirely wrong and rude.
    To be honest..I am not sure what cash spent has to do with anything...some years it will be higher than others and really depends on details of how contracts are..bonuses spread over a number of years and other things...and really more of concern to only a nitpicker who is grasping for straws to attack a team than anything really relevent. If it was about the cap THAT is what the league goes by and thus important...but it was another view of financials.
    Kraft also made a point about efficiency in spending talking about how the Yankees have been spending a lot with little results (until this year..)
    Felger is just looking for an argument and someone paying attention to him. ANd for that reason alone..I listen to him only in small buckets with a Felger rule..turn the station when he is totally wrong about something factually, making a point by stretching the truth to it's false or other remark...THEN I go back to other sports shows. As someone said it is like chalk on a blackboard. After awhile VERY annoying.
    But let's get this in perspective..and take it back to Felger's area...Green Bay. Can one imagine a writer from that area taking on Green Bay management in the 60s when the team was on top and complaining about how bad it was?? How silly would that have been?? That is basically what this cheesehead transplant is doing. He should be looked at in that light..and ONLY in that hypocritical way.
     
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