Seth Wickersham

Report: Kraft 'absolutely' believes Belichick stays with Pats

Report: Kraft 'absolutely' believes Belichick stays with Pats

Robert Kraft tells Sports Illustrated's Peter King that he "absolutely" believes Bill Belichick will coach the Patriots next season and an ESPN report describing Pats dysfunction is "a total fabrication and fiction."

King writes: "In a telephone interview, Kraft disputed all tenets of the story." In particular, Kraft told King that the ESPN report by Seth Wickersham that included detailing a half-day meeting between the Patriots coach and owner on the subject of backup quarterback Jimmy Garroppolo is “a total fabrication and fiction. I am telling you, it’s fiction.”

Wickersham told King he stands by his story.

Kraft, Belichick and Tom Brady released a joint statement in response to the story Friday, denying its claims and concluding with the phrase "we stand united."

Earlier Saturday, in response to a New York Daily News report that turmoil in Foxboro has given Belichick "an opening" to seek the New York Giants head coaching job, ESPN's Adam Schefter shot that down. 

Said Schefter: “First of all, if we are going to talk about Bill Belichick to the New York Giants, he has time left on his contract. You think Robert Kraft is just going to let him out? And you think if Bill Belichick wants to quit, they are just going to let him go to the Giants? And do you think Bill Belichick at his age right now wants to go take over a start-over, rebuilding job? And do you think he wants to take over a team where has a new GM that he hasn’t worked with? And do you think he wants to take over a situation where there is not a quarterback? I am sure the 49ers before they traded for Jimmy Garoppolo wanted Aaron Rodgers to come back home, or Tom Brady to come back home. I am sure there are many situations like that.”

Listen below for NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran's assessment of the Kraft-Belichick-Brady drama in Quick Slants The Podcast:

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PODCAST: Bill Belichick wouldn't be dictated to...by anyone

PODCAST: Bill Belichick wouldn't be dictated to...by anyone

In a brand new episode of "Quick Slants The Podcast presented by Papa Gino's", Tom Curran weighs in on the ESPN story by Seth Wickersham on dysfunction among Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, including what his sources are telling him concerning different parts of the story.

Two key questions Tom discusses - Are there people in Foxboro that feel there are real issues? Also, are we at the end...Will Belichick and Brady be back in 2018?

Curran also talks about the contract offer for Jimmy Garoppolo. Was the money ever the real issue, or did it always come down to playing time?

Also, the Alex Guerrero aspect. The Wickersham story made to sound there was a quid pro quo…see Alex, you’re Brady’s friend. The truth is players go to him because he’s good. Gronk couldn’t keep training the same way he had been. Gronk went to Guerrero because it’s good for Gronk, not because of Brady. Did Alex Guerrero cold shoulder Jimmy Garoppolo?

Plus, Tom Brady wasn't a mentor to Garoppolo, but that’s no sin as a teammate.

Is there really a power struggle between Kraft, Belichick and Brady of who is most responsible for the franchises' success?