Kraft: Credit goes to the Jets

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Kraft: Credit goes to the Jets

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

NFL owners gathered in Atlanta on Tuesday to discuss heading off a work stoppage for next season.Meanwhile, Patriots owner Robert Kraft was still processing his own team's work stoppage in 2010. Speaking to Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe, Kraft went long-view first."I think if anyone had said at the beginning of the year that wed go 14-2 and get a bye, I dont think there would have been any takers. To see the way it evolved and everyone put the team first, the coaching staff did a great job and we really got excited with this team and then it got yanked away from us.So great credit goes to the Jets and Rex Ryan and what they did. They earned it."Of the pregame crap-talking by New York, Kraft said, "I dont think thats our style, but I guess it happens from time to time."Meanwhile, Jets owner Woody Johnson, speaking on the same topic, noted, "Those things happen. Youve got high spirits on both sides of the equation. There were shots fired on both sides. Thats part of competitive sports.Ideally, youd like to lessen it,'' he said. "But the emotion used to play the game of football is high. This is not for the faint of heart. If thats the worse thing that happens for the rest of the year, Ill be delighted."Hold that delight. The trash talk is probably trumped by the Jenn Sterger, Ines Sainz, Michelle Ryan troika of embarrassing occurences. As for the labor issues, the league side is expressing irritation that the players association isn't doing more bargaining with them. Said Kraft on the bleak outlook for a new CBA, "Its the same, he said. I think theres more litigation going on than negotiations, so thats unfortunate. But I guess maybe thats just the process.Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran