Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t have much to say following his team’s 31-20 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon.
“We didn’t do a good enough job in any area,” Belichick told reporters. “There’s a long list. Playing, coaching, every part of the game just wasn’t good enough.”
Quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jaguars lit up New England’s defense for 377 passing yards and four touchdowns. Jacksonville jumped out to an early 21-3 first-half lead and, though they had their chances, the Patriots couldn’t close the gap.
“We didn’t do anything that we really needed to do to win this game [or] give ourselves a chance to win it,” Belichick said. “The results were what they were.”
Here’s what Belichick had to say following the defeat:
On the decision to start the game with the ball: The Patriots won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball to kick off the game. Why?
“Because that’s what we wanted to do,” Belichick said.
The decision ended up biting the Patriots in the bum. New England did not convert on its opening drive (Stephen Gostkowski missed a 54-yard field goal), and the Jaguars scored both to close the first half and to open the second. From the 2:56 mark in the second quarter to the 7:39 mark in the third quarter, quarterback Tom Brady did not throw a pass. The CBS broadcast estimated that span to be about 45 minutes in real-time.
On rookie running back Sony Michel’s debut: Michel — who missed the majority of the preseason due to recovery from a knee procedure — rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries in his first game as a Patriot. He also caught a pass for seven yards. Michel did not play against the Houston Texans in Week 1 and was initially listed as questionable after being limited in practice last week.
“It was good to have him out there,” Belichick said. “We all got a long way to go.”
On the heat: The game-time temperature registered at 97 degrees and 107 degrees on the heat index. The contest was the hottest game in Jaguars’ and Patriots’ history. How tough was the heat?
“It was the same for both teams,” Belichick said.
On tight end Rob Gronkowski’s limited contributions: Gronkowski did not have much of an impact in Sunday’s game, recording just two catches for 15 yards on four targets. Did the Jaguars do anything special in their coverage?
“They played like they normally play,” Belichick said.
On nine Jaguars logging a catch: Jacksonville spread the love on offense, as Bortles connected with four wide receivers, two running backs, and three tight ends for at least one reception. The group averaged 13 yards per reception. Wide receiver Keelan Cole led the way with 116 yards on seven catches, including a ridiculous one-handed grab in the first quarter.
“When they have the ball on offense, they can do whatever they want with it,” Belichick said. “It’s our job to stop them. … They can throw it to whoever they want to throw it do.”
On losing defensive end Trey Flowers: Flowers went down with a head injury midway through the first quarter and was later ruled out with a concussion. Safety Patrick Chung was also ruled out with a concussion to start the second half.
“That’s football,” Belichick said. “[We] can’t control that. Hopefully, he’ll be OK.”