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    Every marriage has its ups and downs. So New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft urged everyone not to read too much into any reported discord in his organization.

    Kraft praised Bill Belichick on Monday when asked about some of the unusual decisions the coach made in the Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia.

    As for any split among owner [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/patrick-willis-jersey-cheap]Patrick Willis Jersey[/url] , coach and star quarterback, Kraft said he has learned to work with ”a strong and powerful coach.”

    ”The so-called tension gets greater when you lose,” Kraft added.

    And with Brady, Kraft noted that the ”feeling of a loss is worse than the feeling of a win” in a Super Bowl, except for that first victory.

    ”I think Tommy is in that category.”

    Kraft spoke to media at the NFL owners meetings and was grilled about everything from whether All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski will return for another season (Kraft never really answered, though he said he’d seen Gronkowski at the team facility this offseason) to why cornerback Malcolm Butler, now with the Titans, was benched for the Super Bowl.

    Mostly, the questions were about friction in New England. Kraft said he has met with both Belichick and Brady, something he does regularly.

    ”I have faith in Bill as coach,” Kraft said. ”I don’t think there’s anyone (else) who has the football knowledge and expertise and understands personnel and is able to merge those. As someone privileged to own one of these teams [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/drew-kaser-jersey-cheap]Drew Kaser Jersey[/url] , I encourage him to keep going with his instincts.

    ”This is not an energy firm where you go from A to B to C to D. I think Bill’s structure has been pretty good most of the time and has worked pretty well.”

    Kraft admitted he was perplexed that Butler, a Super Bowl hero in the 2015 game, didn’t play against the Eagles. But he acknowledged he was looking at it from a fan’s viewpoint.

    ”There’s no doubt in my mind that if he is doing it for the right reason,” Kraft said of Belichick’s decision, ”I support it. I haven’t had one instance where Bill has done any decision that was not in the best interest of the team.”

    Again, collusion is just a fancy word for coordination. If the teams have collectively decided [url=http://www.chiefscheapstore.com/eric-fisher-jersey-cheap]Eric Fisher Jersey[/url] , possibly with the league office as the conduit, that players who are most closely identified with kneeling (like Kaepernick and Reid) are bad for business despite the fact that kneeling can’t be prohibited, that’s a problem.

    With the Bengals, a team that has routinely provided sanctuary to players with off-field issues, being the ones to pose clearly inappropriate questions to Reid in the apparent hope that he’ll commit clearly and unequivocally to not kneeling before the Bengals will offer him a contract, the problem becomes even more glaring.

    With Kaepernick, the NFL’s teams had a chance to fix the problem before it got out of hand. With Reid, the window is still open. Once it closes, however, the NFL could end up with a second player claiming that the league and/or its teams are working in coordination to keep out of football one of the players who have been at the core of the issue of protests during the national anthem.

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