It's been a frustrating season for the New England Patriots to say the least, and the team's brass is feeling the anger more than anyone.
As New England lost to the Indianapolis Colts in Germany to fall to 2-8, cameras captured Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his son Jonathan, the team's president, looking visibly distraught. It wasn't the first time the Kraft's were noticeably upset with the team's performance, as footage showed Jonathan telling his father "we're not good enough" during a loss to the Washington Commanders a week prior.
Robert Kraft is going through it right now. pic.twitter.com/f7RfANtH9N— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 12, 2023
There are plenty of reasons why Jonathan could be upset, but former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich believes there are two plays in particular that caused this feeling. The first came on a Colts punt in the second quarter, in which the Patriots were so focused on trying to block it that they didn't even have a returner on the field.
“Jonathan gets very vocal, very vocal. He was just not happy,” Ninkovich said on his Dan and Ninko show. “So, he was very mad two times. He was very mad. They didn’t have a returner on one of the punt rushes. They were trying to block the punt. So, he was pissed.
“He was like, ‘Why the (expletive) don’t we have a returner back there? This is stupid. The ball’s going to get pinned down there and we’re going to be on the 1-yard line.’ He was so pissed. He was so pissed. Mr. (Robert) Kraft is pretty even-keeled, though.”
As for the second play that got on Jonathan's nerves, it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who watched the game. Of course, it was Mac Jones' brutal red-zone interception in the fourth quarter, which resulted in the Patriots starter getting benched for the third time this season.
“He was pissed at the interception,” Ninkovich said. “He was like, ‘We’re bad.’”
With the Patriots off to their worst start in over 20 years, it's not surprising to see the Krafts' emotions showing through. At this point, it almost seems like a matter of when, not if, big changes will take place.