It’s time for Robert Kraft to hand over the keys of the Patriots franchise

Sep 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Art Rooney II (left)
Sep 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Art Rooney II (left) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots are 2-8 at the bye week this season, shocking fans and the NFL world. The team lacks direction from the top down, starting with owner Robert Kraft. The Patriots owner, 82 years old, highlights the problem with the team in that the overall minds leading the charge are all past their prime.

With that in mind, Kraft should do the right thing and hand over the keys to the franchise to his son Jonathan. 

The Patriot's poor decision-making over the last few seasons is tied back to Kraft because he signed off on those moves. More importantly, Kraft has openly lied to his players and the fanbase. Despite Kraft saying that the organization was committed to building a winner, the Patriots have not spent at the level needed to be a contending team.

Kraft has also failed to make necessary changes, which could change under a new mind. I think this is where Jonathan would be great if he took over for his father because kids always want to follow up and extend their parent's greatness. Jonathan would be motivated to make bold moves and spend high amounts of money to build a contender.

Two examples that come to mind of kids taking over for their fathers are the Las Vegas Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Raiders under Mark Davis, son of legendary owner Al Davis, has been unable to build a contending team, but he has been aggressive in his pursuit. On the other hand, the Rooney family has been fantastic for the Steelers, maintaining a historic run of dominance. In the last fifty years, the Steelers have sustained greatness and had tremendous stability at the coaching and quarterback positions. 

Jonathan could be like the Rooney family and keep a run of success going. With all the tools he has learned from his father, Jonathan could get the Patriots franchise back on track.