A lot to digest with Robert Kraft's comments on Malcolm Butler

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke with reporters for 20 minutes Monday afternoon, covering a wide range of topics, including tight end Rob Gronkowski's future, having a collective meeting with quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, cheap nfl authentic jerseys and how the loss in Super Bowl LII has had a residual effect on everyone, among other things.

But the one topic that stood out to me more than any other was how he answered questions on Belichick's decision not to play cornerback Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl LII.

Kraft backed Belichick, calling him the greatest coach of all time, while at the same time talking about empowering those under him to take risks and trust their instincts even if it sometimes doesn't produce the desired result.

"We want them to be bold, we want them to take risks. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t," Kraft said, initially speaking of not just Belichick and the Patriots but his managers in other businesses as well.

"I have faith in Bill as a coach that I don’t think there is anyone who has the football knowledge and expertise combined with understanding personnel -- no one can merge those two worlds [like him]. He’s done pretty well for us over the last 18 years. So as a fan, I can question some of the moves. As someone who is privileged to be owner of this team, I encourage him to keep going with his instincts and doing what he thinks is right. There is no doubt in my mind, even if he made an error -- and this is true with any of our managers -- that if they’re doing it for the right reason, then I support it 100 percent. I’ve never had one instance in the 18 years where Bill hasn’t done what he believes is in the best interest of our team to help us win games."

There was, to me, a lot to digest in that answer.

It starts with unconditional support and respect for the track record. Belichick, no doubt, has earned that.

At the same time, Kraft seemed to be saying that perhaps there has been some acknowledgment behind the scenes that cheap authentic nfl jerseys even though Belichick's intentions were true, the decision -- with the benefit of hindsight -- ultimately didn't unfold the way he envisioned.

Six words in Kraft's remarks hint at that -- even if he made an error.

That Belichick could have simply measured the situation incorrectly has been unbelievable to some because of his greatness. He's usually two steps ahead of the pack.

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