Belichick says a little bit more about Sunday’s loss (but nothing about Dion Lewis)

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On Sunday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t have much to say about the 34-10 loss to the Titans. On Monday, Belichick had a little more to say.

Strangely, he had nothing to say about the comments from former Patriots running back Dion Lewis, who had the line of the day — and who also said that physicality will cause the Patriots to fold. (Based on the transcript circulated by the team, Belichick even more strangely wasn’t asked.)

As to how the blowout in Nashville happened, it boiled down to the Titans getting a lead (and thus being able to rush the passer) and the Patriots falling behind (and thus not being able to rush the passer).

“Quite obviously, the game situation has a lot to do with that,” Belichick said regarding the inability to place consistent pressure on Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. “When you’re behind and you’re throwing a lot, like we were yesterday, they were going to get more rush opportunities and get more pressure. When they’re ahead, they can play an offense that is more balanced or maybe even a little more favorable to the run and there were less opportunities, and certainly less predictable opportunities, because of the scoring situation and vice versa. When you’re playing from behind, you don’t have a lot of opportunities to rush the passer. You know, we sacked Mariota on a third down play at the end of the third quarter, somewhere in there, but we didn’t create enough of those situations and didn’t do well enough in what we did. That’s a big part of it is opportunities, and we’ve got to do better with the opportunities we have, obviously, however many there are.”

The pressure on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady resulted in Brady completing 21 of 41 passes for 254 yards, with a passer rating of 70.6. The lack of pressure on Mariota allowed him to complete 16 of 24 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, which translates to a passer rating of 125.0.

It was Brady’s worst statistical performance since last December, when his passer rating dipped to 59.5 in a 27-20 loss to the Dolphins.

Yes, it would be unwise to write the Patriots off after Sunday’s loss. But the defeat puts a major crimp in their effort to continue a string of first-round byes that dates back to 2010 and AFC title game appearances that dates back to 2011. The Chiefs now have a two-game lead for the No. 1 seed in the conference, the Chargers (if they can jump the Chiefs) are also in position for the top seed, and the Steelers are suddenly in play for the No. 2 seed.

We’ve nevertheless seen this movie before. Repeatedly. The Patriots tend to find a way off the mat quickly, on those rare occasions when a lucky punch puts them on the canvas.

33 responses to “Belichick says a little bit more about Sunday’s loss (but nothing about Dion Lewis)

  1. One team going through the motions to get to the playoffs, the other team young and full of ambition. Lewis better hope that they don’t see the Patriots in the playoffs. They won’t beat the Patriots twice in a season. Great game yesterday, however. The Titans took that one no doubt, but I wouldn’t place a bet on them in a rematch.

  2. logicalvoicesays says:
    November 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    5 asterisks.

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    As a fan of a team in their division I have as much to be upset about the Patriots as anyone. But comments like this just come across as jealous and idiotic. Just like the Titans did yesterday, or the Giants did in two SBs, the way to beat the Patriots is to be more physical and outplay them. Sadly my team seems to only be capable of that when it really doesn’t matter anymore. What is your team’s excuse?

  3. The Pats made Dion Lewis. He should be thanking them for his contract not running his mouth at them.

    A middle of the season win is the kind of high point that he can expect in Tennessee though. Hope he enjoys it. They probably won’t make the playoffs, but if they somehow do and somehow get to the second round where New England will inevitably be- the titans won’t be able to cash the checks they are writing with their mouths right now.

  4. The Titans won one game, and all of a sudden they are the best and most physical team in the NFL? Stay classy Titans, you haven’t won anything yet.

  5. It just seemed like poor gameplanning on the Pats’ end. Brady was way off most of the day, and line (Marcus Cannon in particular) played shell shocked against the blitz.It almost seemed like the Patriots made a few too many assumptions about the Titans, but if the Titans manage to work their way into the playoffs and see New England again (at home, no less), I would find it extremely doubtful that they are overlooked again. Belichick planning in the playoffs is one handful already, but against a team that beat him in the regular season? Another thing entirely.

  6. Belichick won’t comment on physicality and it’s impact on games he was involved in until after he retires. He knows Brady wouldn’t be able to get up from the things his Giants defense (led by LT) did to Joe Montana back in the day. I remember Montana continued playing in the ’91 NFC Championship game vs the Giants with a broken right throwing hand, cracked ribs and a concussion. It wasn’t until a Leonard Marshall hit which broke Montana’s already injured back (he couldn’t practice that week) and gave him a second concussion that Montana finally left that game.

  7. I love how Patriot haters (Fins fans INCLUDED) think this loss is some kind of setback
    for Belichick & company AND he really could’ve cared less what Dion Lewis said!
    NE will be more than ready to pummel their next victim (Jets) after the bye.
    The ONLY real challenge coming is week 14 against the Steelers !
    And NO – Miami does not win our “Super Bowl” this year – I predict a NE win of 38-6 !

  8. .
    It would appear that after training camp, preseason and ten weeks of the regular season, the Patriots started their bye week early. If it was a fight, they would have stopped it.
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  9. NE is great beyond compare. Maybe someone beats them this year, and yes KC and the Chargers look good, but I’ll believe it – especially in the playoffs when I see it.

  10. When the GOAT speaks….

    Folks need to relax. The Patriots will still finish with the top playoffs seed. The Chiefs will lose to the Rams and with the stories about poor field conditions in Mexico, they may lose players too. If that happens, expect more loses for them before the season ends. The Patriots will not lose another game including against the Steelers.

  11. How many times has he been caught cheating? Not by Goodell, Krafts buddy, but by other NFL teams?

  12. Just stop with the ‘back in the day’ nonsense. I watched football back in the day, too. It wasn’t as different as you think it was.

  13. logicalvoicesays says:
    November 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    5 asterisks

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    In case you were the one that didn’t know, Belichick is widely accepted as the best coach there is today, and arguably of all time.

    Also, the Earth is round. Try to catch up.

  14. TheWizard says:
    November 12, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Just stop with the ‘back in the day’ nonsense. I watched football back in the day, too. It wasn’t as different as you think it was.

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    They wear military grade kevlar today to absorb hits. Quarterbacks have to be laid down gently on the field as opposed to being tackled thru the ground. NFL players are more protected from injury today than they ever have been. These are well known facts to most everyone (except for you evidently).

  15. sigbouncer says:
    November 12, 2018 at 5:03 pm
    Belichick won’t comment on physicality and it’s impact on games he was involved in until after he retires. He knows Brady wouldn’t be able to get up from the things his Giants defense (led by LT) did to Joe Montana back in the day. I remember Montana continued playing in the ’91 NFC Championship game vs the Giants with a broken right throwing hand, cracked ribs and a concussion. It wasn’t until a Leonard Marshall hit which broke Montana’s already injured back (he couldn’t practice that week) and gave him a second concussion that Montana finally left that game.

    A quick note on this. Joe Montana managed to start all 16 games of a regular season exactly TWO times in his career. Look it up.

  16. tajuara says:
    November 12, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    The Titans won one game, and all of a sudden they are the best and most physical team in the NFL? Stay classy Titans, you haven’t won anything yet.

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    We’ve won 5 games (so far) including ones against Houston, Dallas, Philly, and now NE. We’ll see you all in the playoffs… Titan UP!

  17. touchdownelvis says:
    November 12, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    A quick note on this. Joe Montana managed to start all 16 games of a regular season exactly TWO times in his career. Look it up.

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    Montana played in two NFL strike years (non full seasons in ’82/’87) where it was impossible for him to play a full 16 games. Also Montana was a backup for Steve Deberg his first two years in the league. And Montana had times in his career where he alternated starts with Steve Young/or was benched for Steve Young. Terry Bradshaw only started every game in 5 of his 14 seasons, if you don’t include the ’82 strike year.

    What’s your point? It doesn’t detract from either players toughness and willingness to play thru serious injuries on the field. Montana’s doctor told him he’d never play football again in 1987 (he played 6 more years after that).

  18. Montana was nowhere near as tough as Brady. Brady hasn’t missed a game in 18 yrs, except when he blew out his knee. He’s played through every imaginable injury and gets up from every hit. Montana was hurt more than Gronk, right up until he lost his job after 11 yrs. About half of Brady’s career. I know this troll’s new schtick, but please, don’t make me laugh.

  19. tedmurph says:
    November 12, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Montana was nowhere near as tough as Brady.

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    Brady buddies up to the refs and is protected by them more than any other quarterback in NFL history. Brady calls for flags and they give them to him. We’ve all seen it before time and again. If Brady tried this in Montana’s day he would be laughed out of the league.

    Get back to me when Brady plays a game with a broken right throwing hand, cracked ribs, multiple concussions and back. And when Brady’s doctor tells him he will never play football again and Brady ignores him let me know.

  20. There has been 1 roughing the passer called against teams defending the Pats this yr. Last year it was 3. 16 teams had more, 5 were tied.

    Brady is tougher and more durable, but has played through shoulder problems, rib injuries, a broken finger and a cracked bone in his foot. All with never missing time. Next…

  21. tedmurph says:
    November 12, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Brady has played through shoulder problems, rib injuries, a broken finger and a cracked bone in his foot. All with never missing time.

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    So shoulder “problems” (translation general soreness), rib “injuries” (translation bruised ribs), a broken finger (on his non throwing hand), cracked bone in foot. All minor injuries that 95% of NFL quarterbacks play thru.

  22. Montana never played with a broken hand and cracked ribs. He was knocked OUT of the ’91 NFCC gm with those injuries with 9:41 left in the 4th QTR. He had all of 190 yrds passing and scored 13 pts. The 49ers lost.

  23. But, Dion, if the Pats are so cheap how come they are only $4 million under the cap and the Titans $25 million? It costs more to keep a Super Bowl team together. Players st your position break down fast ( no way he finishes that four year contract). Also, wait til Marcus’ rookie deal is over and he expects to get paid like a franchise QB. Budget cuts will come. By then you will be ripe for the scrap heap.

  24. The Titans not only beat the patriots. They destroyed them. Brady was terrified. How many times did he throw a pass while diving into the turf to avoid a hit. It was fun to watch.
    The trolling play was the cherry on top.
    Pats fans are the worst.

  25. The Pats do this every year. They get beat bad once or twice a year and they will use this beat down as motivation for the rest of the year and to help fuel the playoff drive.

    The more trash talk the more it fuels the drive. BB will read these long forgotten sound bites to the team before they take the field in January.

  26. Funny to see all these spoiled Pats fans get riled up when they lose.
    Most of their fan base isn’t old enough to remember the decades of them being an after thought in the league. And they wont know what to do in 3 years when their coach/QB are gone and that franchise is back to being irrelevant.

    They whine about Lewis needing to “stay classy” while exuding no class of their own.
    Enjoy the sunset of your relativity Pats fans. You’ll be back to obscurity soon….

  27. tedmurph says:
    November 12, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Montana was nowhere near as tough as Brady.

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    Tom Brady’s toughness comes from watching Rob Lowe movies in the 80s.

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