December 5, 2023

Patriots

“Trying again at it, like I mentioned, I may most likely have simply mentioned, hey, throw it incomplete, reside the subsequent down.”

Bailey Zappe entered in a tricky spot and was unable to guide the Patriots to victory in Germany. Martin Meissner/AP Picture

Late within the Patriots’ 10-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, backup quarterback Bailey Zappe entered in a somewhat unenviable place.

His mission was to come back off the bench chilly, revitalize a stagnant offense, and orchestrate an 86-yard drive in 1 minute, 52 seconds. Zappe, in for starter Mac Jones, hit Hunter Henry for 11 yards on third and 5, then Demario Douglas for 9 earlier than Rhamondre Stevenson picked up a primary down on fourth and 1.

On the subsequent play, Zappe busted out the pretend spike, then threw the ball into triple-coverage. Rodney Thomas picked it off with ease, and that marked the top of the comeback that by no means was.

Afterward, when ESPN’s Mike Reiss requested Zappe what he noticed on the ultimate throw, Zappe hesitated, tilted his head, and mentioned: “I can’t say what I need to say.”

Zappe then elaborated that the Patriots have been behind on time, they usually talked about gaining one yard per second in these conditions.

“We have been attempting to get forward of the time by taking a shot,” Zappe mentioned. “We figured the play that we had, the pretend spike, with attempting to catch the protection off-guard.”

“That labored, nevertheless it was type of me simply attempting to drive it, attempting to make a play to get us forward of the time. Trying again at it, like I mentioned, I may most likely have simply mentioned, hey, throw it incomplete, reside the subsequent down, attempt to see should you can take one other shot.”

Zappe mentioned the Patriots will take a look at it Monday or Tuesday and that he’ll be taught from it.

He mentioned he has one hundred pc perception in himself if known as upon to start out.