Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore emphasized communication is problem with defense

The New England Patriots had another tough day on defense, and cornerback Stephon Gilmore was no exception.

They gave up 33 points for the second consecutive week, and this time it resulted in a loss to the Carolina Panthers. Gilmore said that the Patriots defense needs to communicate better.

“It’s communication,” Gilmore said, via CSN New England’s Mike Giardi. “We gotta get better on the communication. I gotta get better on the communication.

“It’s frustrating when it’s communication, when it’s not ability. I gotta get better at the communication part. It’s my fault on the communication.”

Glimore used the word communication 11 times when talking to the media after the game, according to Giardi.

A problem that found Gilmore for the second consecutive week was penalties. He got called for two, including one after the Patriots sacked Newton on third down late in the fourth quarter.

Later in that drive the Panthers kicked a field goal to win the game 33-30, dropping the Patriots to 2-2, and behind the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East standings.

The Patriots can easily jump back to the top of their division, but it appears they do have a weakness that the rest of the AFC elite don’t have. The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos were projected to have great defenses headed into the 2017 season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have been carried by theirs through four games.

Those are likely the teams the Patriots will have to get past to win a second consecutive Super Bowl, and without some improvement on defense it won’t happen.

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