Head coach Bill Belichick was in midseason form at the postgame press conference following Thursday night’s NFL kickoff game.
The Patriots head coach appeared to have very little desire to engage in conversation, as he provided rather short answers to the media’s questions.
Here’s what Belichick said in his opening statement:
Alright, well, we didn’t really do much of anything well enough tonight to deserve to win. We gave up 42 points, stopped on four short-yardage plays. We’ve got to coach better, got to practice better, got to play better. We’ve got a lot of work to do. I mean, that’s obvious. We’ll have to get back to work and see if we can improve pretty much everything. It’s just not good enough.
Andy [Reid], Kansas City – they did a good job. Give them credit. We just really weren’t competitive enough, especially on offense and defense. We made too many mistakes and didn’t play well on top of that. The fundamentals weren’t good enough. Really nothing was good enough so we’ve all got to do a better job. That’s going to be pretty much the answer to every question because that what it was.
And here’s what he had to say to reporters:
Tom Brady said the team lacked urgency tonight. What did you see form the team’s attitude tonight?
BB: Whatever he said, go with that.
On the two big plays given up for touchdowns, what did you see from the sideline that contributed to those?
BB: Bad defense, bad coaching, bad playing, bad football.
On the short-yardage plays that were stopped, are those plays that Tom Brady can call a quarterback sneak on or did you feel that it wasn’t the best option on those?
BB: We ran the play that we thought was the best. I’m sure everybody has another play that could’ve been run. We did what we thought was best. It didn’t work out.
How much did the momentum change when Rob Gronkowski wasn’t able to hold onto that would-be touchdown in the end zone?
BB: I don’t know. It was 17-7 with two minutes to go in the half and we give up a 90-yard touchdown drive. I mean, look, there was problems all over the place.
How can you use a loss like this to bounce back?
BB: Well, I don’t know. I mean, you go in there and, like I said, there’s a lot of things we need to work on. We need to get to work. We need to improve them. It’s a pretty lengthy list. That’s what we’ll do.
What did you see from Mike Gillislee and the offensive line down on the goal line on his three touchdown runs?
BB: I mean, I was disappointed we had two other times we couldn’t get the ball in in the red area. Now look, we did a few things but it just wasn’t good enough.
Was part of the reason for having six defensive backs on the field a lot due to Alex Smith’s mobility from the quarterback position?
BB: I mean, there were a lot of plays where they had five receivers on the field – four receivers and [Travis] Kelce.
Are there parallels to draw between this loss and the loss to the Chiefs in 2014?
BB: I don’t know.
You lost an important offensive player in Julian Edelman. Can it take a team a few weeks to bounce back and adjust on offense?
BB: I don’t know. I mean the season just started. Everybody is playing with what they’re playing with right now.
Did you see anything upfront on defense from Adam Butler or Deatrich Wise?
BB: We’ll look at it on film. If it’s good, we’ll tell them it was good. If it needs to be corrected, then we’ll correct it.
What have you seen from Cassius Marsh and Phillip Dorsett in their first action after not having been here very long?
BB: Yeah, like everybody else, we all have a lot of work to do. We put certainly the players that are new here into that category. I’d put everybody into that category – every player, every coach. We’ve all got a lot of work to do. That’s what we need to do.
Will this be a normal schedule this upcoming week with the extended rest between now and the game in New Orleans next Sunday?
BB: We’ll do what we think is best for the team to get ready to go for New Orleans.
Was there anything specific you noticed that led to the big plays given up on defense?
BB: I’m sure there were a lot of things that contributed to it. There’s plenty of them.