FOXBORO (CBS) – They would have much preferred a victory, but when Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick arrived back at Gillette Stadium on Monday afternoon, they had plenty to be proud of.

“I must tell you that the strength of spirit that I saw with this team is unlike any other team I’ve seen in my 18 years in the NFL,” Kraft said Monday. “I think that that sense of spirit was ignited by our fans — the way they supported our team and also the way they supported our family. That’s something I’m forever going to be grateful for because I think this was a memorable season and one that I won’t forget for a long time.”

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Belichck also took time to thank the fans who showed up at the Patriots’ home to welcome home the team, even in defeat.

“I don’t have too much to add after last night other than it was great to see our fans out there that were here to be here when the buses pulled up,” Belichick said. “It says a lot about those people and the fan base we have here. It’s much, much appreciated by all of us.”

Belichick also discussed the character of his team.

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“Real proud of them,” he said. “I thought they worked hard all year, they competed well all season. We won a lot of games and even the ones we didn’t win, we fought right to the end and played very competitively. We did that last night, just came up a little bit short. I have all the respect in the world for the team and all the players and what they’ve done for over six months. It’s not about one game or one play or anything, it’s the whole body of work.

“I really, really enjoyed coaching this team and have a lot of respect for them.”

Comments (8)
  1. Susie Ross says:

    I don’t have any direct comment towards Belichick’s address, but I am appauled and disgusted by the fact that WBZ dubbed this “breaking news,” interrupting the scheduled coverage on the “The Girl in the Closet” episode of Dr. Phil. The show was exposing the horrible and unfortunate situation that a girl, Lauren, endured and survived (involving her parents locking her in a closet, starving her, and raping/torturing her to say the least), only to be rudely cut off by Belichick’s “important breaking news” address about a FOOTBALL GAME. Looks like a bunch of kids are running WBZ, and I thought I was the 20 year old chick in this situation.. Get it together.

    1. gramps says:

      I’m glad you’re out of the closet….


    2. Kevin Haley says:

      You go Susie I agree

  2. Italo says:

    Susie, it’s because this is Boston, and those are what its priorities are and what Boston does.

    1. Susie Ross says:

      It may be that simple now, but it shouldn’t be. I’m sick of accepting things the way they are. Accepting things the way they are when they are wrong is the reason that things never change.

      1. Italo says:

        You are right–that’s the vein in which I meant what I said in my reply, by the way. Hang in there, and keep that good attitude! :)

  3. Vern says:

    Don’t worry about the breaking news problem, it doesn’t appear that the Pats are ever going to get to the super bowl again

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