December 5, 2023


Belichick was additionally requested why he thinks he is nonetheless the proper coach to steer the Patriots “beginning over.”

Invoice Belichick throughout a postgame press convention following the Patriots’ 34-0 loss to the Saints. AP Photograph/Charles Krupa

After the Patriots’ 34-0 defeat at dwelling towards the Saints on Sunday, Invoice Belichick remained somberly dedicated to his postgame pronouncement that the staff can be “beginning over.”

Precisely what meaning for the 2023 Patriots — now 1-4 after shedding to New Orleans — stays to be seen.

“We’ll simply check out every part. Clearly we didn’t do something properly sufficient yesterday,” Belichick mentioned on Monday in response to a query about beginning over throughout his weekly interview with WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Present.”

As for the temper of the staff following the newest loss, Belichick acknowledged the fact.

“Annoyed, however we’ll simply should work our means out of it,” he replied. “That’s all there’s to it.”

Mac Jones was benched within the second half of the loss. It was the second week in a row that the third-year quarterback was changed by backup Bailey Zappe, although (as he mentioned Sunday) Belichick seems to nonetheless be dedicated to Jones because the starter.

Belichick famous that regardless of benching Jones in consecutive weeks, he believes he has a good rapport with the staff’s 2021 first-round decide.

“I’ve bought a great relationship with Mac since he’s been right here,” he mentioned. “Meet with him frequently and we’ve a great line of communication. He works laborious and I’ve a whole lot of respect for what he does.”

As for the remainder of the offense — a unit that has now failed to attain a landing in a number of video games — the query was put to Belichick on if he thinks the “present roster is sweet sufficient?”

“Properly, we have to play higher than we’re taking part in,” Belichick mentioned in response. “Play and coach higher.”

In a follow-up, the Patriots’ coach was requested if the staff may make one other commerce (following final week’s transfer to reacquire cornerback J.C. Jackson). May there be an equal addition to the offense?

“Proper now I’m targeted on getting our staff to carry out higher than we’ve carried out,” mentioned Belichick.

One in all Belichick’s extra expansive feedback got here on the subject of whether or not or not there’s a particular space the place the staff may enhance in its preparation.

“All good performs include good fundamentals, so we must be a greater basic staff in each space,” Belichick defined. “Once more, between schemes, coaches, gamers’ consciousness, situational consciousness, we have to do a greater job than what we’re doing. I imply I don’t suppose there’s anybody factor that’s going to alter it, or one participant. We simply all should do a greater job.”

In direction of the tip of the interview, testomony to the staff’s present place, Belichick was requested why he’s the proper individual to “restart the group with proper now”?

“I’m going to do the perfect to assist our soccer staff,” Belichick replied. “That’s my job.”

He reiterated the response in a follow-up query about whether or not or not his message is getting by to the present staff.

Shortly after the radio interview, Belichick answered questions from reporters in a press convention.

With only one win by 5 weeks, New England’s already considerably distant playoff hopes seem like all however gone. Does Belichick suppose this might nonetheless be a staff that may make the postseason?

“Our objectives are brief time period,” he mentioned. “It’s this week, prepare for Vegas, and go on the market and play the perfect we are able to.”

The upcoming sport towards the Raiders (in Las Vegas) presents yet one more likelihood to start turning the staff round.

To realize that, Belichick admitted that there could be modifications within the depth chart, or presumably even the teaching employees.

“We have to make some enhancements in the place we’re,” he informed reporters. “We’ll see what all that entails. We haven’t gotten into it but, however we’ll.”

Finally, questions circled again round to Jones, and the choice to bench him as soon as once more.

After providing that a part of his rationale for eradicating Jones was because of stopping him from being harm in a sport that was out of attain, Belichick took concern with a query about if he considers Zappe a viable various.

“I’m positive if I left Mac within the sport and he bought injured, you’d ask why I left him within the sport when it was 31-0,” Belichick replied. “It’s what it’s.”

As for what the staff can do to enhance, he cited an across-the-board method.

“We simply have to do a greater job in each space. That’s all of us.”