June 19, 2024

Patriots

“We’ve set to work tougher. We’d like extra effort,” Kendrick Bourne mentioned. “It appears like we have to need it extra.”

Invoice Belichick’s group is 1-4. Barry Chin/Globe Workers

COMMENTARY

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Gillette Stadium, which opened on Sept. 9, 2002, turned 21 years outdated final month.

Now that the stadium is sufficiently old to drink, it’s time to face a little bit of an uncomfortable actuality. The Patriots are off to their worst begin because it opened all these years in the past.

The Patriots are 1-4, and winless at house. They’ve been outscored 72-3 over the past two video games. Just one New England participant, tight-end Pharaoh Brown, has scored a landing over the previous three weeks.

The final time a Patriots group began 1-4 was in 2000, head coach Invoice Belichick’s first yr on the job. The Patriots dropped their first 4 house video games in 2021, however even that group didn’t undergo back-to-back losses of 34 or extra.

Issues are so unhealthy in Foxborough, that when Belichick was requested to pinpoint the issue, he mentioned the group wanted to “begin over.”

“All of us have to do a greater job,” Belichick mentioned. “It’s all people, offense, protection, particular groups, gamers, coaches. We’ve simply acquired to do a greater job than we’re doing, together with all people.”

Mac Jones remains to be the starter, Belichick mentioned, regardless of going 12-for-22 with a pair of interceptions, and no touchdowns. J.C. Jackson mentioned he was pleased to return to Foxborough after a stint with the Chargers, regardless of the loss. Kendrick Bourne mentioned the Patriots have to “need it” extra.

Listed below are just a few last ideas within the aftermath of one other terrible loss.

A lackluster effort

Belichick was not happy with the trouble his group put forth Sunday.

“I mentioned we’ve acquired to do a greater job all throughout the board. It’s not ok,” Belichick mentioned.

The hassle stage didn’t sit properly with Bourne both. He sighed when requested about a very powerful factor the offense is lacking.

“We’ve set to work tougher. We’d like extra effort,” Bourne mentioned. “It appears like we have to need it extra.”

Offensive lineman David Andrews mentioned he thought the group’s execution was an even bigger concern than its effort stage.

“I believe it’s extra of execution, ,” Andrews mentioned. “We’re turning the ball over and issues like that. It simply form of snowballs from there. We’ll take a look at it, right it, come again to work subsequent week, and attempt to put our greatest foot ahead.”

Belichick doesn’t appear to belief his offense very a lot

The Patriots had the ball on fourth-and-3 on the Saints’ 40-yard line early within the third quarter.

They have been already down by 24, they have been on the opponents’ facet of the sector, they usually nonetheless determined that they’d moderately punt the ball away than attempt to acquire three yards.

Strikes like that recommend that Belichick doesn’t belief his offense very a lot. Going for it wasn’t even a consideration, Belichick mentioned.

“Till we’re higher on third and fourth down, I don’t suppose so,” Belichick mentioned.

Mac Jones’s turnovers are costing the Patriots dearly

Three of Jones’s interceptions, together with one fumble, have been returned for touchdowns this season.

That’s 4 touchdowns the Patriots have given up as a result of the quarterback has ball safety points.

The Patriots have dug themselves into at the least a 16-point first-half deficit in 4 of their 5 video games. The offense merely hasn’t confirmed that it might probably execute at a excessive sufficient stage to return again from these early struggles.

“Yeah, undoubtedly not a great scenario for anyone,” Jones mentioned. “And as an offense, the objective is to play higher and put up factors. So all of us have to do this and acquired to observe that approach and do issues in another way and work out the best way to put up factors.”

J.C. Jackson solutions “bizarre query” about Tom Brady

After Christian Gonzalez went down with a season-ending damage, the Patriots swung a commerce with the Chargers to convey Jackson again to New England.

Jackson performed with the Patriots from 2018-2021 and made a Professional Bowl look earlier than leaving to signal with the Chargers in free company.

Jackson paused for a second earlier than answering when requested if Foxborough feels the identical with out Tom Brady.

“Yeah, it just about feels the identical. However, having Tom not right here is, I don’t know man, that’s a bizarre query.”

Jackson mentioned he’s pleased to be again with the Patriots, regardless of the loss.

Looks like New England misses Nick People

Rookie kicker Chad Ryland missed his solely field-goal try of the sport. New England didn’t rating, so he didn’t have an opportunity at an extra-point try.

The miss makes the 2023 fourth-round decide 4 for 7 on field-goal makes an attempt this season.

In the meantime, in Nashville, former Patriots kicker Nick People is an ideal 13 for 13 on field-goal makes an attempt this yr with the Titans. He’s additionally made all seven of his extra-point makes an attempt. The Patriots traded People for a seventh-round decide after drafting Ryland.