February 27, 2024

Patriots

Belichick additionally commented on the efficiency of Bailey Zappe.

Invoice Belichick and Patrick Mahomes after the Patriots’ loss to the Chiefs. AP Picture/Charles Krupa

After the Patriots 27-17 defeat to the Chiefs on Sunday — taking the staff’s 2023 file to 3-11 — Invoice Belichick as soon as once more acknowledged that his staff missed alternatives because of penalties.

“There have been numerous huge performs within the sport,” he informed reporters afterward. “We had a pair turnovers, had one known as again. Had one other landing known as again. So there have been quite a lot of key performs within the sport that might’ve helped a bit of greater than the best way they turned out.”

Each sequences that had been known as again because of New England penalties would have in any other case resulted in potential game-changing sequences.

Except for his personal staff, Belichick credited Kansas Metropolis.

“It’s aggressive. They’re a superb soccer staff,” he mentioned. “They’re well-coached, clearly have numerous good gamers. Can’t give them any further alternatives.”

Requested later within the press convention if he had been any extra upset with the calls than common, Belichick averted blaming officers.

“Yeah, I didn’t say that. We talked about some key performs within the sport, so I rattled off just a few of them,” Belichick defined. “I’d say these had been huge performs within the sport. Landing known as again, turnover known as again, interception, so there have been quite a lot of issues. Each groups missed subject targets, so there have been huge performs within the sport. Scoring performs.”

The key postgame topic was the conspicuous absence of cornerback J.C. Jackson, who was listed on the Patriots’ energetic roster however didn’t characteristic.

Was Jackson obtainable?

“No,” mentioned Belichick.

Pressed on why Jackson was listed as obtainable however nonetheless didn’t play, Belichick averted specifics.

“He wasn’t obtainable. Let’s go away it at that.”

New England rookie cornerback Alex Austin ended taking part in in Jackson’s function for a lot of the sport.

Belichick mentioned that regardless of being given little warning that he could be taking part in in an elevated capability, Austin was prepared.

“Everyone knows that when the sport begins, something can occur,” he mentioned of Austin having to step in. “Occurred a bit of bit earlier than that, however he was able to play, anticipated to play, and performed quite a bit.”

A subplot of the sport from the Patriots’ perspective was the plethora of accidents the staff endured. Sort out Connor McDermott, guard Cole Unusual, and tight finish Hunter Henry all exited.

“It was powerful to lose him, powerful to lose Connor, powerful to lose Hunter,” Belichick mentioned when requested about dropping Unusual to harm, and the impact it had on the offense’s efficiency. “I’d say it didn’t really feel like we had been capable of do what we must always’ve accomplished in that scenario.”

As for quarterback Bailey Zappe’s efficiency, the Patriots’ coach mentioned he would take extra time to judge. Zappe, making his third straight begin, threw for 180 yards with a landing, but in addition a pricey interception.

“I’ll check out it on movie. Can’t watch everyone on the market.”