|Something Bill Belichick said after Sunday’s game elicited a smile from Jets linebacker Jason Taylor. (Associated Press)|
No film credits from Belichick’s view
Coach critical of Patriots’ performance
FOXBOROUGH — Yesterday was one of those days in the Patriots’ film room: no one was spared.
Reviewing game film from their meltdown in New Meadowlands Stadium Sunday, coach Bill Belichick found far more to criticize than praise, and every area of the team — offense, defense, special teams — heard an earful.
“There are obviously a lot of things we need to do better,’’ a still-morose Belichick said. “I feel like we can do better — should do better. So we’ve just got to get back to work this week and get ready for Buffalo and also get things straightened out on our end, just things we need to do better. It’s pretty much across the board and all three phases of the game: playing, coaching, offense, defense, special teams, you name it. It’s just not as efficient as what it needs to be.’’
But during his contractually obligated appearance on WEEI yesterday — likely before the film session — Tom Brady sounded more optimistic.
“We have a good team,’’ the quarterback said. “You see that in the first half. I think part of what I was saying to Billy [O’Brien, de facto offensive coordinator], I was very frustrated, but I’m certainly not discouraged. Because there’s proof.
“Last week [against Cincinnati] we played good. We played really good for the first half of the football game [in New York]. Obviously our consistency, we need to do a better job in the second half of yesterday’s game.’’
Brady said it is encouraging that the Patriots have players who can make plays, but the issue right now is making plays for four quarters, not just two.
Belichick’s main gripe? He felt his players did a poor job of sticking to the things the coaching staff had outlined as keys to winning, and executing the plays that were drawn up.
Shaky second-half play is a topic that has been discussed be fore. Brady brought it up in the offseason, that it was frustrating to have Belichick draw up keys to success and see he and his teammates only remember one or two.
There seemed to be lots of reasons for New England’s poor play against New York, as Belichick pointed out when he essentially tapped every player that took the field:
After Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis left the game near the end of the first half, Brady seemed to force the ball to Randy Moss, and was picked off twice in the second half. Matt Light let his old nemesis, Jason Taylor, get to him once again when Taylor strip-sacked Brady in the fourth quarter, killing a promising drive.
Darius Butler had two pass interference calls on the same drive, leading to the touchdown that essentially slammed the door on a Patriots comeback. Rob Ninkovich missed a tackle on LaDainian Tomlinson in the backfield, and it turned into a 31-yard run.
Special teams was flagged twice, early in the afternoon for delay of game and later when Kyle Arrington ran into Jim Leonhard after he signaled for a fair catch on a punt.
Belichick was asked if he saw anything positive. “Not enough,’’ he said. “Not enough.’’
Asked what was at the top of his list of corrections, Belichick couldn’t name just one, and there wasn’t one or two plays he could point to that turned the tide of the game.
“We’re going to play a full 60-minute game this week, so first down, second down, third down, fourth down. We just need to do a better job in all areas. We didn’t do well enough. If there was some switch, I would flip it.’’
With no switch, Belichick and the Patriots will get down to the business of fixing what’s ailing them before Buffalo comes to town Sunday.