Matthew Slater disappointed in Patriots’ “attitude and effort” vs. 49ers

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Longtime Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater didn’t like what he saw in Sunday’s 33-6 loss to the 49ers.

Slater suggested that the Patriots weren’t trying hard enough in a game that saw them blown out like New England has rarely been in the last two decades.

“I think there were times [against the 49ers] where we let the attitude and effort part slip away from us,” Slater told NBCSportsBoston.com. “That’s never acceptable. So, we’re going to have to make sure that we’re on that each and every day and never taking anything for granted. We’re so blessed to be able to play this game, and we owe it to the game to go out and pay it the respect that it’s due and approach this thing the right way. I’m confident that we’ll be able to do that moving forward. We’ll see if that’s good enough.”

We haven’t often heard the Patriots’ attitude and effort questioned during the Bill Belichick era, but this is a different team — and may prove to be the worst Patriots team Belichick has coached.

63 responses to “Matthew Slater disappointed in Patriots’ “attitude and effort” vs. 49ers

  1. The guys on this roster know they could be playing with Brady and Gronk if Bellichick’s ego wasn’t the size of the east coast. If he won’t go the extra mile for them, why would they?

  2. I am shocked, shocked! that Cam Newton is proving to be less of a team leader than Tom Brady was.

  3. Tom Brady legacy trending up
    Bill Belichick legacy trending down

    Could it be that an all-time great QB can make average coaches look better than they really are?

  4. Covid-19 related travel restrictions, decreased accessibility to practices/stadiums,
    and social distancing has made it difficult for new england patriots covert videographers
    to sneak around other team’s facilities to gather the video necessary to help the the team cheat at their normal level.

  5. I knew something was up. They gave Gilmore a raise and JC Jackson and other star, Jon Jones, need deals.

    Get it done, BB.

    Also, it could be the team was let down by, of all people, Newton, bringing Covid19 onto the team.

    Suspiciously, the arrogant and troublemaking Boston media has never told us where Newton thinks he may have contracted it.

    Hmm.

    Maybe the team wants Stidham?

  6. Belichick may be the mastermind, but Brady was the rudder and clearly his loss has had a tremendous effect on the team. The face of your franchise for 20 years isn’t easy to replace. It’s not Newton’s fault. It’s not even Belichick’s. It’s just a drastic change for the team and these things take time.

  7. Maybe they should put him at WR. I mean Christ, guy been in the league 11 years and has ZERO CAREER CATCHES.. How can your so called leader not even be thrown the ball in 11 years?

  8. I wonder if Belichick put him up to this. Could he be one of those new leaders stepping up? The team lost some real leadership and it would be in their best interest to replace it.

  9. It’s starts with who is under center. Brady would never have allowed this. Brady goes to Tampa and they look like SB contenders.
    Cam is too busy matching his hat to his socks to be bothered with firing up his guys to play 100 mph. He’s never been a leader.
    I put this 100% on Cam.

  10. The team lost leadership and accountability when Brady left. The Patriots are returning to the Patriots of old, prior to BB. Brady and the Bucs are exceeding expectations and lead their division. I really think this is a case where BB made a colossal mistake not working something out with TB. From a QB perspective this year, I would venture to say that BB is not any more successful than John Elway has been since Peyton Manning.

  11. That’s what happens when the real leader leaves the room. Slater might be a good role model, but he can’t set the expectations and light the fire like the legend can. Football is played by men, not chess pieces. A lesson the “genius chess master” is learning the hard away, again.

    Bill always says it’s a player’s game. He should have taken his own advice and given up his own ego to keep the one that mattered.

  12. Based on the public comments made by the team leaders, I really think that NE was right on the cusp of mass opt outs after the Covid issues and subsequent 2 flights to KC on game day.

    BB has been being unusually gentle in handling them for that reason.

    Not saying that’s the right approach, or that it will work, or that they’ll be at all competitive going forward, but I do think he has been just trying to hold it together for 3 weeks now.

  13. Maybe Bill Belichick should hire a GM, or at least a draft specialist to work under him like John Dorsey to run the college scouting department. Belichick the coach is not the issue, but the GM…

  14. Agree with the above. Brady left. Gronk left. Others have left. It sounds like nobody enjoys the Patriot (Belichick) anymore and those that remain have quit on BB.

  15. Funny these people that say Brady was the dynasty forget how awful Brady has looked the past few seasons on New England. Any qb would look good on Tampa.

  16. Sounds like Slater needs to lighten up and focus on a wacky press conference outfit instead.

  17. @naterade

    Awful? Nah. He was the glue keeping Bill’s horrible offensive roster from falling apart. They won the SB and were a playoff team the last two years with defense and about as much offense as Tom could squeeze out of that cast.

    And anyone can succeed in Tampa? They were a sub 500 team last year with a healthy cast. This year, they’re banged up yet still leading the league in scoring and division heads thanks to Tom.

  18. This is unfamiliar territory to everyone, but this may be the worst HC/GM job Belichick has ever done. I’ve seen the Pats get beat, but never a complete lack of effort that I saw on Sunday. Going into the season with this cast of skill players is pathetic.

  19. chickensalad43 says:
    October 27, 2020 at 1:46 pm
    Maybe Bill Belichick should hire a GM, or at least a draft specialist to work under him like John Dorsey to run the college scouting department. Belichick the coach is not the issue, but the GM…

    0 1 Rate This

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    Yes, the greatest GM ever in sports history who has had to walk from so many great draft picks in the cap era, while forming 2 different dynasties, and drafting and grooming Brady (and JimmyG), needs to be replaced.

    bawahaha

    abwahahahaah!

  20. In the face of adversity Cam Newton gives up and pouts….it looks like this mentality is rubbing off on the rest of the team….

  21. People are really saying Brady carried the Pats? Brady joined a stacked team in Tampa (best WR core and best Dline) and Pats lost tons of key players to opting out. False equivalency, also it is week 8…

  22. “Any qb would look good on Tampa.”
    ___________________________________________

    Such as Jameis Winston??? LOL…

  23. Naterade says:
    October 27, 2020 at 1:50 pm
    Funny these people that say Brady was the dynasty forget how awful Brady has looked the past few seasons on New England. Any qb would look good on Tampa.

    7 4 Rate This

    Gotta love PFT commenters. I’m no TB fan, but Brady has been to four of the last six Super Bowls – and won three of them. Wish my QB was as “awful.”

  24. Its simple, the Patriots got outplayed by a team that was struggling themselves. Time to get back on the practice field, correct mistakes and get back to work. Newton has to improve his timing and rapport with teammates, while the offence becomes more committed to running the ball. The defense will find a way.

  25. Any knowledgeable football person – player, coach, media person,
    or fan knows who is the unquestioned coaching GOAT. There had to be a down year, and as a longtime fan, I will give these posters their day in the sun. Its been 2 decades, so don’t deprive them of their chance.

    This will be the third consecutive year that the Patriots will receive the most compensatory picks, Yes, some will say its favoritism from Goodell. Knowledgeable people know what it really means. Its a serious talent drain.

    The Patriots had 3 key starters opt out, and the most of any team. They were in a mess salary cap wise until Tom moved on. This is the down year. I’m okay with it. I expected it.

    The only problem I have is not giving the first and second year players bigger roles. Is Uche on IR for the year? AsiAsi? Keene finally got a snap. But as always, IBWT.

  26. Its crystal clear NOW for THE football WORLD to see. Brady was in the trenches and LEAD THE teams to excellence. He’s doing it in Tampa and SEVERLY missed in Boston. Tom has proven HIS point in my opinion.

  27. @webster8723 – Jamis threw for over 5000 yards and 30 TDs. He also didn’t have Gronk, Fournette and now AB.

    Yes, he threw 30 picks too….that’s because he’s a moron.

  28. deadinbed says:
    October 27, 2020 at 1:48 pm
    Agree with the above. Brady left. Gronk left. Others have left. It sounds like nobody enjoys the Patriot (Belichick) anymore and those that remain have quit on BB.

    —–

    Sadly the writing was on the wall when BB tossed away the SB against the Eagles when he benched Malcom Butler. Brady played what was probably the greatest SB a QB has aver played and BB squandered the opportunity. Until then all Patriots players were taught and believe that the Team was more important than any individual. Then BB went and made it about him….not the team.

  29. It hurts as a Pats fan to realize that there was nothing special about our coach or our culture and in fact it was our former QB that made us special. Beyond his play on the field, which was relentlessly excellent every year despite changing supporting casts and in-season adversity, he also gave the team undeniable leadership that wouldn’t allow anyone to quit ever. They put up a graphic during the game that said this was the largest halftime deficit since when they were down 24-3 against Manning’s Broncos. They came back to win that game because of Brady. There will never be another Tom Brady. It hurts now, but over time maybe we can appreciate who he was for this franchise without trying to tear him down to make Belichick look better. Belichick has a lot to prove. He’s made the playoffs just once in 7 years as a head coach without Brady.

  30. It’s clear to me that Belichik has been unveiled for the fraud he is. Literally one of the worst head coaches in the league right now.

  31. seriously love the people calling the Patriots done…. again…. How many times have people written them off the last 10 years? Maybe 5 or 6 times…. let’s see where this all hashes out come December… We’re on to Buffalo!!!

  32. Can you blame them for saying “No mas” after getting steamrolled for a half? It could have been worse.

  33. Belichick has had the greatest model for how to manage a team during the cap era, and sometimes sacrificing raw talent for smart, team players that love FB. But I’m starting to think he’s been left behind. Many NFL people think Brady covered up for many personnel gaffes Belichick has made. This Pats team is not even in the top 20.

  34. dlw492 says:
    October 27, 2020 at 1:27 pm
    Maybe they should put him at WR. I mean Christ, guy been in the league 11 years and has ZERO CAREER CATCHES.. How can your so called leader not even be thrown the ball in 11 years?

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    Slater has had exactly ONE CAREER CATCH: a 46 yarder, in 2011, from Brady. You were 3 years old at the time, but it’s pretty lazy of you not even to Google him before commenting. You could also learn a little something about football. Slater’s a captain on special teams, not offense, where he appears only rarely as a reserve receiver.

    I’d also be careful about taking The Lord’s name in vain in this comment section. Many real Americans comment here.

  35. carloswlassiter says:
    October 27, 2020 at 1:38 pm
    Based on the public comments made by the team leaders, I really think that NE was right on the cusp of mass opt outs after the Covid issues and subsequent 2 flights to KC on game day.

    BB has been being unusually gentle in handling them for that reason.

    Not saying that’s the right approach, or that it will work, or that they’ll be at all competitive going forward, but I do think he has been just trying to hold it together for 3 weeks now.

    12 1 Rate This

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    Maybe. I know the organization was befuddled why Tenn had their game delayed and NE did not based on the 14 day incubation period.

    Goodell sent them into KC knowing Newton took all the reps and Hoyer had not taken any.

  36. If Brady was still in New England do you really think this team would be that much better? Maybe 1 more win!

    Opt outs, injuries all along the Oline, and NO wide recievers or Tight end! And you really think this team would be that much better with TB12? I don’t think so.

  37. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 27, 2020 at 1:27 pm
    Just let the Stid era begin.

    I know your Jets are pathetic, but you post this same drivel every day.

  38. ghjjf says:
    October 27, 2020 at 2:15 pm
    In the face of adversity Cam Newton gives up and pouts….it looks like this mentality is rubbing off on the rest of the team….

    _______________________________________________________________________________________
    Take a gander at TB’s body language last season. It’s a horror show cast of quote unquote ” professional football pass receivers”. Nobody to blame there but the man who built the roster. Decent defense unable to hold up after constant 3 and outs. Sure covid opt outs didn’t help but lack of effort and poor attitude are completely unacceptable and BB needs to weed out the malcontents even if it means a lost season. Without a winning record and no GOAT at QB guys won’t be knocking down the doors to sign in NE anymore. It’s here, finally. The end of an amazing dynasty. Question now is can NE rebuild and how long will it take?

  39. nhpats2011 says:
    October 27, 2020 at 2:51 pm
    deadinbed says:
    October 27, 2020 at 1:48 pm
    Agree with the above. Brady left. Gronk left. Others have left. It sounds like nobody enjoys the Patriot (Belichick) anymore and those that remain have quit on BB.

    —–

    Sadly the writing was on the wall when BB tossed away the SB against the Eagles when he benched Malcom Butler. Brady played what was probably the greatest SB a QB has aver played and BB squandered the opportunity. Until then all Patriots players were taught and believe that the Team was more important than any individual. Then BB went and made it about him….not the team.

    6 5 Rate This

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    The game was lost when the best Rover in football, who was shutting down Ertz, broke his arm. Had little to do with a guy who faked a flu because he learned he wouldn’t be part of the gamepla and had a brusied ego because BB wouldn’t stupidly over pay an udfa who only was anything because BB called him into camp for a tryout out of div2. lol

    Had nothing to do with Butler who was benched after a subpar final few games pouting after rejecting a very generous 8 mil year deal. That’s on Butler and Harmon and McCourty said “he knew why he wasn’t going to play”.

    BB then wisely paid Gilmore #1cb money. Not the Pats front office’s faul Bulter hired his high school buddy to brainwash him into thinking he was a #1 cb at 12mil per after BB made him a millionaire.

    Oh, NE won the SB the very next year by allowing 3 points a modern era record.

    So, your whole premise makes no sense. BB forms yet another dynasty and you whine as a supposed fan. But, are you a Pats fan or a troll posing as one? You’d be stuffed in a garbage can in lot in Foxborough, that I know.

    What color is the sky in your world? You weren’t even born yet when Kraft bought the team and started all this greatness. lol

  40. Look, you guys are fools for dancing on Bill’s grave 7 games into the season. Experience tells us that will be back, at which time you may have to eat your words. Take that from an Eagles fan and surely not a Patriot booster by any stretch. It’s about who is playing well at the end of the year that is still alive. Maybe it’s not Bill’s year, it happens. Doubt Belichick is on thin ice yet with Kraft.

  41. Had nothing to do with Butler who was benched after a subpar final few games pouting after rejecting a very generous 8 mil year deal.
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    You are the same guy who said Butler was losing reps leading up to the playoffs yet he played every defensive snap the last couple regular season games and the playoffs up until the SB. We all know you love to make things up to fit your narrative. It’s very telling.

  42. touchback6 says:
    October 27, 2020 at 3:50 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    October 27, 2020 at 2:51 pm
    deadinbed says:
    October 27, 2020 at 1:48 pm
    Agree with the above. Brady left. Gronk left. Others have left. It sounds like nobody enjoys the Patriot (Belichick) anymore and those that remain have quit on BB.

    —–

    Sadly the writing was on the wall when BB tossed away the SB against the Eagles when he benched Malcom Butler. Brady played what was probably the greatest SB a QB has aver played and BB squandered the opportunity. Until then all Patriots players were taught and believe that the Team was more important than any individual. Then BB went and made it about him….not the team.

    6 5 Rate This

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    The game was lost when the best Rover in football, who was shutting down Ertz, broke his arm. Had little to do with a guy who faked a flu because he learned he wouldn’t be part of the gamepla and had a brusied ego because BB wouldn’t stupidly over pay an udfa who only was anything because BB called him into camp for a tryout out of div2. lol

    Had nothing to do with Butler who was benched after a subpar final few games pouting after rejecting a very generous 8 mil year deal. That’s on Butler and Harmon and McCourty said “he knew why he wasn’t going to play”.

    BB then wisely paid Gilmore #1cb money. Not the Pats front office’s faul Bulter hired his high school buddy to brainwash him into thinking he was a #1 cb at 12mil per after BB made him a millionaire.

    Oh, NE won the SB the very next year by allowing 3 points a modern era record.

    So, your whole premise makes no sense. BB forms yet another dynasty and you whine as a supposed fan. But, are you a Pats fan or a troll posing as one? You’d be stuffed in a garbage can in lot in Foxborough, that I know.

    What color is the sky in your world? You weren’t even born yet when Kraft bought the team and started all this greatness. lol

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    Butler played more snaps at CB than any other Patriots’ player that season. So I guess he wasn’t “that bad”. The Pats were getting abused play after play so there was little downside to putting Butler in the game. Except BB’s ego wouldn’t allow it. All the while Brady and the offense played the game of their lives.

    As for me, I have been watching the Pats since the 70s when I was a kid. I didn’t just jump in the bandwagon after Kraft hired BB. And I support the team…not any one player…or coach. I don’t make excuses for BB’s blunders as do you. As it stands, this team has no heart and no leadership. BB let that walk out the door. Can he turn it around? Perhaps. But I do know this. If you are a man of your word, When the Pats don’t win the AFCE we will no longer deal with you.

  43. Brady is the GOAT and a BB is a very good coach. His team this year looks a lot like the Browns with Bernie Kosar and the Pats before Brady. I guarantee you mumbling at the media and acting grouchy to them never won one game – for any coach, ever. It was mostly Brady.

  44. Slater wants out, which the only reason he took to being verbal. Failing team and was used to glory days. Sadly they are gone for Patriots and lifers like Slater are getting emotional.

  45. brwmstr says:
    October 27, 2020 at 3:16 pm
    seriously love the people calling the Patriots done…. again…. How many times have people written them off the last 10 years? Maybe 5 or 6 times…. let’s see where this all hashes out come December… We’re on to Buffalo!!

    @@@@@@@@222

    Sorry “we’re on to insert team here” holds about as much water as “win one for the gipper”

  46. Bill the “genius” may soon learn what everyone else already knows about football; quarterback is the most important position on the team.

  47. I so enjoy seeing everyone dance around the Pats demise,i dont blame u all,wow for 20 yrs u watched the Pats poop all over your teams,crushed all your hopes,i knew it would end but i am happy i had chance to cheer for greatest football dynasty ever,plus it gets expensive going to all those SUPER Bowls and also a few WORLD SERIES couple STANLEY CUP FINALS,and a NBA FINALS…..ya 12 in 20 yrs is enoughtime to give the poor people a chance lol bwbwwbahabahababahbahb

  48. nhpats2011 says:
    October 27, 2020 at 4:29 pm
    touchback6 says:
    October 27, 2020 at 3:50 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    October 27, 2020 at 2:51 pm
    deadinbed says:
    October 27, 2020 at 1:48 pm
    Agree with the above. Brady left. Gronk left. Others have left. It sounds like nobody enjoys the Patriot (Belichick) anymore and those that remain have quit on BB.

    —–

    Sadly the writing was on the wall when BB tossed away the SB against the Eagles when he benched Malcom Butler. Brady played what was probably the greatest SB a QB has aver played and BB squandered the opportunity. Until then all Patriots players were taught and believe that the Team was more important than any individual. Then BB went and made it about him….not the team.

    6 5 Rate This

    ————-

    The game was lost when the best Rover in football, who was shutting down Ertz, broke his arm. Had little to do with a guy who faked a flu because he learned he wouldn’t be part of the gamepla and had a brusied ego because BB wouldn’t stupidly over pay an udfa who only was anything because BB called him into camp for a tryout out of div2. lol

    Had nothing to do with Butler who was benched after a subpar final few games pouting after rejecting a very generous 8 mil year deal. That’s on Butler and Harmon and McCourty said “he knew why he wasn’t going to play”.

    BB then wisely paid Gilmore #1cb money. Not the Pats front office’s faul Bulter hired his high school buddy to brainwash him into thinking he was a #1 cb at 12mil per after BB made him a millionaire.

    Oh, NE won the SB the very next year by allowing 3 points a modern era record.

    So, your whole premise makes no sense. BB forms yet another dynasty and you whine as a supposed fan. But, are you a Pats fan or a troll posing as one? You’d be stuffed in a garbage can in lot in Foxborough, that I know.

    What color is the sky in your world? You weren’t even born yet when Kraft bought the team and started all this greatness. lol

    ——-

    Butler played more snaps at CB than any other Patriots’ player that season. So I guess he wasn’t “that bad”. The Pats were getting abused play after play so there was little downside to putting Butler in the game. Except BB’s ego wouldn’t allow it. All the while Brady and the offense played the game of their lives.

    As for me, I have been watching the Pats since the 70s when I was a kid. I didn’t just jump in the bandwagon after Kraft hired BB. And I support the team…not any one player…or coach. I don’t make excuses for BB’s blunders as do you. As it stands, this team has no heart and no leadership. BB let that walk out the door. Can he turn it around? Perhaps. But I do know this. If you are a man of your word, When the Pats don’t win the AFCE we will no longer deal with you.

    14 1 Rate This

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    I don’t believe a word of your garbage. To go from the Sulllivans and their GMs and Coaches to Kraft and BB and 20 years of glory, for you to be angry at the man who provided the backdrop, makes absolutely nonl sense. If Kraft didn’t trade tor BB, BB doesn’t draft, develop or promote Brady. Period.

    Brady’s ego did it. He got on social media per Giselle and stained his way out of town like a loser, all jealous the D won him his last sb. Poor Tommy, didn’t throw for 600 yards and 8tds while winnibng a ring. Boo hoo, Mr. Giselle.

    His choice. It’s also BB’s job to rid the team of snobby cancers like Brady. Thank you, BB. Tons if things to thank BB for

    Brady represents what is wrong with our society which is entitlement, selfishness and greed. Pre Giselle? Didn’t see a whiff of that. It was humble, team player Brady.

    I never quite understood why Brady Sr said it would “end ugly” back in ‘15. Now I know why. His creepy son who is an oligarch with Giselle who voted for Trump, kisses his son on the mouth, and quite frankly is now a very, very strange human being, turning into a complete nozzle who his iwn teammates didn’t want to deal with last year, uncommitted to the team for the 2nd year in a row.

    Thanks for all the great years, Tom,but you will never be seen as Bill Russell, Orr or Bird. None of them left town like the disgrace he made of himself. Brady did due to ego.

    And, ya never sat on those metal bleachers in the 80s and 90s like the rest of us.

    You’re a entitled new fan. Anyone can see that. Brady plays like hot garbage in the 2007 and 2011 postseasons and idiots like you magically try to blame BB. Hilarious, but also a mental problem there. Good luck in your life with that.

  49. I wonder what Slater thinks of the effort the Tampa Bay Bucs have been giving all season? Hmmm. Maybe it’s Bruce Arians. Yes, that’s it. The coach. It has to be the coach. Bruce Arians has become the greatest coach in the league. Maybe all his assistants will get head coaching jobs. Has anyone noticed the brilliant performance of Bucs’ offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich? He just seems to be out-smarting the entire league. I see him over their coaching up Tom Brady. He should definitely get a head coaching job.

  50. To all the Pat’s haters jealous and envy are incurable diseases!
    —————————

    Very true. Let me add a little here. Ty, your jealousy and envy of Brady are incurable diseases.

  51. You definitely won’t see many shedding tears for their struggles. These aren’t your father’s Patriots, these guys suck.

  52. “entitlement, selfishness and greed.”

    I’ll bite—for $2000 Alex, what are 3 things no sane observer ever associated with Tom Brady?

    He was a sixth round draft choice who fought his way from a barely-drafted, 4th string QB to a starting one, and then famously took much less money than any star player ever has while becoming the most decorated player in modern history. He defined himself as a great example by being coached and berated like any other teammate (rookie or otherwise) for a generation, and has the utmost respect of any player or coach ever associated with him who only knows him as someone who relentlessly pursues winning while never missing a game for any reason other than the 2008 knee explosion. Stats have never been what drove him—they accumulated along the way. The documentation of these facts have been corroborated endlessly. They are not in dispute whatsoever.

    But wait…we know Jarret Stidham had that decent preseason one time. You did school us on that one.

  53. brwmstr says:
    October 27, 2020 at 3:16 pm
    seriously love the people calling the Patriots done…. again…. How many times have people written them off the last 10 years? Maybe 5 or 6 times…. let’s see where this all hashes out come December… We’re on to Buffalo!!!
    ——————–
    How many of those “Maybe 5 or 6 times” were the Patriots’ WITHOUT Brady?……smh…..

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