Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots must go back to the drawing board following their second loss of the season — literally.
The Patriots coach provided a very straightforward answer on how to rectify the team’s glaring inefficiencies.
“Collectively, coaching and playing, we just have to work harder to get things right. That’s everybody. There is no magic wand here,” Belichick said on a Monday morning conference call, per Mike Reiss of ESPN.
The Patriots gave the Carolina Panthers’ offense new life in Week 4. Cam Newton and the Panthers offense were ranked near the bottom of the league in total offense entering Sunday. Then Newton and company rang up 444 total yards on the Patriots’ last ranked defense.
On the offensive side, Tom Brady was sacked three times and was knocked to the ground on multiple occasions. Despite a leaky offensive line, the Patriots still put up 30 points at home. One would think that would be enough to win in their own backyard. Yet, the team’s defense brings little resistance.
New England’s two biggest concerns are the defensive front seven and offensive line. The front seven can’t generate a pass rush or stop the run and it’s affecting the secondary. On offense, the O-line isn’t protecting Brady well.
Belichick is right. The Patriots collectively aren’t playing well. New England’s prides itself on “Do Your Job.” The entire team has to do a better job if they want to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
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