If you've paid attention to the Patriots season thus far, you don't need any more of a visual reminder of just how bad the year has gone, especially if you are the billionaire owner of the team.
But that's unfortunately what happened for Robert Kraft on Sunday ahead of their Week 13 matchup with the Chargers, as WEEI's Mike Kadlick posted a photo of the empty stadium just ten minutes before kickoff.
Kraft has been candid with his disappointment regarding how the Patriots have fared this season, and even more so over the last three years, so this was not something he was hoping to see when, typically, the team has been playing for postseason contention.
But maybe it's something he needed to see, as some fans feel he hasn't had the real wake-up call to see just how bad the team is and has been. There isn't a more prominent sign of how far the team has fallen than a nearly empty stadium.
The day didn't get much better, either, with the Patriots heading into halftime down 6-0 to the sound of boos from the fans in attendance. That has become customary this season, which had been a forgotten sound at Gillette for over 20 years. But on a day like today and a season like this one, it's hard to argue against fans sharing their disappointment vocally.
Fortunately for Kraft, he won't have to deal with a similar situation in the Week 14 game with the Steelers since that game is being played in Pittsburgh. But it will be interesting to see if this continues during the final two home games of the season and if that will prompt him to make any changes before the year ends.
Even if it's not that soon, hopefully, it's something he will seriously consider going into the offseason. Significant changes were made last year, but it's abundantly clear that more extensive changes need to be made to get this team back on track for the future.