ORLANDO, Fla. -- One line of thinking is that the Patriots' philosophy has changed this offseason, in part because of the free-agent signing of Darrelle Revis. Some have viewed the move as an acknowledgment that the Patriots are "going for it" as quarterback Tom Brady's career is closer to its end point than the beginning.
Owner Robert Kraft disputed that line of thinking in his interview with reporters Monday at the NFL's annual meeting.
"I think sometimes there's a misconception that we're changing our philosophy. That isn't true," he said. "All that has happened is that opportunities come up in the marketplace and when they come up we go for them."
As for the perception that the Patriots and Broncos have been in an "arms race" this offseason, Kraft was asked his thoughts about the back and forth between the clubs.
“When I bought the team, I was thinking, 'We could never really beat the Dolphins. Don Shula.' I mean, for years, they beat us. We were able to transition and do OK against the Dolphins. Then, with the Broncos, for about 15 years, we couldn't beat them, and then it looks like we've held our own. But it is a tremendous rivalry. We're happy that they're going to have to come to Foxborough this year; I''m hoping it's in November or December. But we'll see, I guess the schedule will be coming out in a couple of weeks. It's great for the game.
"[Also], the rivalry we have with the Jets, it's unbelievable. I see little young children running around here coming up and telling me how they feel about the Jets. I just thought, 'that's awesome.' We're getting them ingrained at a young age.”