Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe appeared on WEEI’s “Jones & Mego” present on Monday night, pertaining to subjects like his efficiency in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs and Invoice Belichick’s future in Foxborough.
Listed below are just a few highlights from Jones’ prolonged radio interview:
For the second straight week, Zappe revitalized New England’s offense on Sunday because of some crisp throws and poised pocket presence.
Nicely, at the very least for the primary half of motion in opposition to the Chiefs.
Despite the fact that New England trailed Kansas Metropolis 14-10 on the half, Zappe was holding up his finish of the cut price. He accomplished 17 of his 19 passes in opposition to a stingy Chiefs protection, throwing for 141 yards and a landing.
He would have had one other TD to Hunter Henry within the second quarter had it not been worn out by a penalty in opposition to New England LT Connor McDermott.
However very similar to New England’s Week 14 win in opposition to the Steelers, Zappe’s robust begin gave method to lackluster returns within the second half in opposition to KC. Over the ultimate two quarters of play, New England generated simply 57 whole yards of offense en path to a 27-17 defeat — with Zappe finishing simply 6-of-12 throws for 39 yards.
‘It’s only a psychological error’
Zappe’s third-quarter interception thrown proper to Kansas Metropolis linebacker Willie Homosexual was a back-breaker.
With the Chiefs already holding a 17-10 lead, Zappe’s poor throw gave KC prime subject place in New England’s purple zone. Simply two performs later, Patrick Mahomes hit Clyde Edwards-Helaire for a six-yard landing to make their lead 24-10.
“You return and have a look at the movie, like we did immediately,” Zappe mentioned on WEEI when requested about his miscues within the second half in opposition to the Chiefs. “And it’s at all times these sure issues that occur. You understand, a mistake right here or there, just like the interception. As a substitute of throwing it out of bounds, I attempt to drive it. Had I thrown it out of bounds, who is aware of how that drive goes.
“They get seven factors off of that, we misplaced by 10. You understand how the sport goes, who is aware of? So it’s simply little issues like that, and that’s stuff that’s — it’s simply fastened as a result of it’s only a psychological error. For me, it’s simply as simple as throwing the ball out of bounds and going onto 2nd and 10.”
Zappe’s second-half struggles have been robust to disregard since taking up as New England’s QB1.
Over his final two video games, Zappe has accomplished 31-of-40 go makes an attempt with 4 touchdowns, a 135.1 score and 0 interceptions within the first half.
Within the second half? He’s solely accomplished 11 of 19 passes for 83 yards, zero touchdowns, two interceptions, and an ugly 29.0 score.
“To be sincere, I feel [offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien] referred to as an ideal recreation,” Zappe mentioned. “It’s simply as much as us as gamers to go on the market and execute. And, personally, there’s issues that I didn’t execute very properly, and that we watched immediately in movie that, this week, we’re going to work on. We’re going to get on the market, pre-practice and post-practice and attempt to get higher at these issues.”
An absence of urgency?
New England’s second-half woes and several other key penalties at important levels of Sunday’s recreation performed main roles within the Patriots’ eleventh lack of the season.
However primarily based on Invoice Belichick’s play-calling over the second half in opposition to the Chiefs, it doesn’t appear to be there was that a lot urgency for New England to try to manufacture a late-game rally.
After Kansas Metropolis made it a 27-10 recreation with 3:40 left within the third quarter, New England took its foot off the pedal. On the Patriots’ subsequent two drives, Belichick opted to punt on a 4th-and-3 and 4th-and-4 state of affairs, with New England adhering to a conservative gameplan as an alternative of pushing the envelope searching for factors.
After all, a late-game comeback would thwart New England’s draft odds in April, so the case could be made that Belichick and Co. aren’t essentially inclined to claw again in video games when beginning at multi-score deficits.
However deliberately tanking or throwing apart video games isn’t precisely ingrained in Belichick’s DNA, no matter the place his staff sits within the standings.
“That’s Coach Belichick’s choice,” Zappe mentioned of New England’s by-the-numbers strategy on offense within the second half. “He’s been teaching for nonetheless a few years. He understands each situational factor that may occur in a recreation. So no matter he decides, I’m good with.”
Past their hesitancy so far as shifting the chains in fourth-down conditions, New England let the clock drain over a number of drives within the second half, with RB Ezekiel Elliott noting postgame that the Patriots might have “gone a bit of sooner” in an effort to maneuver the ball down the sector.
“At one time, we had been again on our six-inch line. It’s very exhausting once you’re in your six-inch line to form of go up-tempo and issues like that,” Zappe mentioned of New England’s dearth of high-tempo performs. “You form of should get away out of your finish zone earlier than you form of begin up your two-minute stuff.
“As a result of loads of issues can occur once you’re backed up in your individual finish zone. So I don’t assume I look again at something and say, ‘I want we did that, I want we did this.’ I feel it simply comes right down to the execution a part of all of it.”
Tuning out the noise?
With three video games separating the 3-11 Patriots from a merciful finish to the 2023 season, a lot of the narratives hovering over Foxborough today have little to do with the lackluster product on the sector.
Fairly, the discourse is centered round Invoice Belichick’s future in New England and whether or not or not proprietor Robert Kraft will choose to maneuver forward with out the legendary head coach after a season the place little has gone proper.
As anticipated, Belichick has brushed apart any speak of his job safety over the previous few weeks. And whereas Zappe didn’t supply up his opinion on the a number of stories concerning Belichick, he did admit that the staff is greater than conscious of the assorted rumors concerning their coach.
“I imply, in fact — in case you’re in social media and you’ve got Twitter and all these issues, in fact you see all these rumors and every thing going round,” Zappe mentioned. “However personally for me, I’m controlling what I can management and that’s preparing for the Broncos this week.”
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