Bill Belichick: There’s no magic sauce, have to work and get better

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The Patriots came into Week Three after a 19-point win over the Jets in Week Two, but their momentum did not continue against the Saints.

New Orleans went up 14 points in the first half and extended their lead to 21-3 on a pick-six by safety Malcolm Jenkins early in the third quarter. The Saints ground things out from there and leave New England with a 28-13 win over the 1-2 Patriots.

Rookie quarterback Mac Jones was picked off three times and threw 51 passes in the game. Head coach Bill Belichick said “it’s never a good position to be in” when you have to throw every down and shared what the Patriots have to do in order to avoid being in that position in the future.

“We’ve just got to play more consistently,” Belichick said. “We’ve got to play with more good plays out there and not as many that aren’t good. That’s what we have to do. We had some chances, but in the end, we just couldn’t get it done. It’s disappointing. There’s no magic sauce here. Just have to go back to work and do better.”

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are next on the schedule, so there isn’t much time for the Patriots to correct their errors before facing one of the league’s best teams with an extra jolt of emotion in the air.

46 responses to “Bill Belichick: There’s no magic sauce, have to work and get better

  1. Little mistakes by newer players add up.

    I love the way Jones plays, but everyone needs to do a better job play to play.

    The magic sauce is simply executing.

  2. So much for the “any quarterback can win with Belicheck. Brady was a system quarterback”. People that said that knew nothing about football. I think Jones can be a decent QB but he needs more help. Jakobi Myers and Nelson Aqholor won’t cut it as starting receivers.

  3. How can this be?
    Touchback assured us all offseason that this guy and that guy were coming back after taking a year off, the Pats had another brilliant draft, they killed it in free agency, and replacing Cam Newton with Mac Jones was the icing on a back-to-the-playoffs cake.
    Truth is, the Pats are 2-5 in their last seven games and are once again sitting below .500. At the moment they don’t remotely resemble a playoff team.
    Jones will get better, but this team has bigger issues than quarterback play. At least it can still beat the Jets. Of course, so can everyone else.

  4. I heard here for years (from a Jets fan) that a high school QB could play in Belichick’s system and succeed. The system is that magic. No one else has or knows, or can figure out, this system.

    In reality (where we all should live), Brady was able to make magic. And still can. He’s just not doing it for the Patriots any more.

    I’ll give Jones a long leash while he develops, but the odds are higher of him becoming Chad Pennington than they are of becoming anything remotely near a Tom Brady. I’d settle for the latter.

  5. You Pats fans actually thought that Mac Jones was going to lead your team back to the playoffs. You Pats fans are so delusional. Mac Jones is just going to be another bust in a long long line of Bama QB’s. If you think this game was bad, just wait till next week when Brady comes to town. Mac will have 6 picks in that game and Jones will not even sniff the end zone. Mac Jones is at best a poor mans Alex Smith. And just remember Pats fans, your team could and should still have Brady, if your head coach hadn’t ran him out of town.

  6. There was a secret-sauce sighting in LA a few minutes ago. He drove the Bucs down to score a TD against the Rams.

  7. Hes right it takes alot of work their isnt magic sauce they dont shy away from hard work in new England they will keep working to execute better in all phases. Let all the haters crow they have been waiting 20 years it’s their time to get all the frustration out from watching the Pat’s win so much.

  8. I hesitated to even read the comments and they have not disappointed. Pea brain commenters playing all the hits– “it was all Brady, not Belichick,” etc., etc., etc.

    But focusing on the actual game, Belichick was stating the obvious. Even had they managed to win, there would still be a great deal of room for improvement, and the need for better execution. Mac Jones didn’t play like a train-wreck, he just played like a rookie, and that’s to be expected. I agree with the concept of keeping it simple for the rookie (and that’s what they’re doing even if they claim they’re not– why would they?), but it comes back to bite you when you need to get aggressive and move the ball quickly in chunks (might have helped and calmed everything down if James White had still been out there). Also, the Patriots are still making too many avoidable penalties.

    They’ll get better over the course of the season and will continue to be entertaining to watch.

  9. TB6 how’s that 3-0 chatter going? Jones simply cannot drive play- teams getting tape on him and realizing he can’t push ball downfield. It’s ok though 1-2 is close to 3-0…. You still gonna give TB all he can handle next week ? Or is he gonna end your season?

  10. Dear Bill:

    Here’s the directions to your “Magic Sauce “:

    Take I-95 South and then take I-4 West.

  11. Not saying Belichick is a fraud, but we can see who was the reason for the Patriot dynasty and he’s 2-0 down in Tampa.

  12. That should quiet the Jones hype a bit.

    And yes – that pick 6 was on him. He overthrew the ball.

  13. So now this team is losing to Jameis Winston? I don’t believe it. Goodell and his minion refs are behind this. Otherwise BB would never let this happen. And Mac Jones is amazing.

  14. Angel Valle says:
    Let all the haters crow they have been waiting 20 years it’s their time to get all the frustration out . . .
    ==

    Living on past glories already?
    Don’t worry, you’re in good company. It’s a fairly common trait of fans of fading teams when years of incessant gloating comes back around to bite them in the tuchus.

  15. Funny how whenever they normally lose it’s “we’re on to Cincinnati,” or whatever next opponent they have. Except when you’re on the Tom Brady.

    Notice BB didn’t have the cajones to talk about the next game this time around.

  16. Now they are staring at 1-3 in a division with Buffalo. Welcome to missing playoffs again Pats fans.
    Belichick had something to do with those 6 Lombardi’s. But a LOT less than Brady.

  17. Who among us wasn’t amused when Patriot fans lectured us about Mac Jones being the steal of the draft?

  18. candlestickkid says:
    September 26, 2021 at 5:56 pm
    Who among us wasn’t amused when Patriot fans lectured us about Mac Jones being the steal of the draft?

    Who among us isn’t amused when people post comments like this is after a rookie playing in only his third game has a bad game.

  19. Living on past glories already?
    Don’t worry, you’re in good company. It’s a fairly common trait of fans of fading teams when years of incessant gloating comes back around to bite them in the tuchus. Blah blah blah I’m in the here and now I’m enjoying watching the young guys develop. Hats off to youre saints winning today.

  20. This team misses Dante Scarnecchia. The offensive line is struggling and if that continues Mac Jones will end up on IR. He is taking too many hits.

  21. Angel Valle says:
    Blah blah blah I’m in the here and now I’m enjoying watching the young guys develop. Hats off to youre saints winning today.
    ==

    Who said I’m a Saints fan (I’m most definitely not). You must have let your emotions get the better of you and made an errant assumption.
    If you were really just “enjoying watching the guys develop” you wouldn’t have gotten so defensive, nor felt the need to get your digs in with lame, long-played-out pop culture terms (“haters waiting 20 years to get their frustrations out).”
    Me thinks thou doth protest too much. Truth is, the only one getting frustrated here is you.

  22. Mac Jones was one if the steaks of the draft.

    The Saints were on him like stink on a skunk. OL, TE, RB, ST and Coaching all failed miserably today. Jones, Bourne, Myers and the D kept them in the game. Alas, the D needed to stop the Saints drive and failed.

    The Patriots have a lot to fix and improve.

  23. Who said I’m a Saints fan (I’m most definitely not). You must have let your emotions get the better of you and made an errant assumption.
    If you were really just “enjoying watching the guys develop” you wouldn’t have gotten so defensive, nor felt the need to get your digs in with lame, long-played-out pop culture terms (“haters waiting 20 years to get their frustrations out).”
    Me thinks thou doth protest too much. Truth is, the only one getting frustrated here is you. So you’re not a saints fan just a Pat’s troll I understand now you get care more about the Pat’s losing then you’re own team hats off to you 👏

  24. nhpats2011 says:
    September 26, 2021 at 4:55 pm
    The magic sauce blew town for Tampa Bay. Tampa bay surely didnt have any magic sauce today .

  25. So far, I see the same problems from last year. They play good not great defense, and they can’t score. It’s gonna be rough from what I’ve seen so far.

  26. tigerlilac says:
    September 26, 2021 at 7:33 pm
    The Patriots have some good company at 1-2: KC, PIT, SEA, MIN and some others.

    ———-
    The others are likely to bounce back. Pats are looking at 1-3 next week with the real reason behind 6 trophies comes to town.

  27. The Patriots line play was just awful, and they’re racking up penalties like never before. I’m not concerned about Mac Jones. Of his three INTs, only one was really on him. His receivers dropped a whole lot of balls for no good reason. Once the Pats got well behind, he had to pass on just about every down. I think he threw over 50 times, and he had to throw well down the field, which he hadn’t done much to date. He tended to overthrow guys on long passes. He’s in his third pro game; we’ll see if that’s a problem that will persist.

    The Patriots don’t match up too well against the Bucs, even with the Bucs’ sorely depleted secondary, so they’ll most likely drop to 1-3. Still, I’m not writing this team off yet. They have a ton of work to do, but they’re capable of better than their performance to date if they can tighten up their line play and clean up the penalties.

  28. Not saying Belichick is a fraud, but we can see who was the reason for the Patriot dynasty and he’s 2-0 down in Tampa.

    ——

    What’s that? Bucs got slapped around today….how did that happen if they had the all powerful Brady? I thought he could win games single handedly?

  29. jokersc says:
    September 26, 2021 at 9:04 pm
    Not saying Belichick is a fraud, but we can see who was the reason for the Patriot dynasty and he’s 2-0 down in Tampa.

    ——

    What’s that? Bucs got slapped around today….how did that happen if they had the all powerful Brady? I thought he could win games single handedly?

    ————-
    That’s true – he did. But he also hoisted the trophy last year while Belichick was sucking his thumb.
    Brady lost to a LA team that’s really good – not the Brees-less Saints.

  30. Brady lost to a LA team that’s really good – not the Brees-less Saints.

    ——-

    You mean the same team that beat GB by 35 points?

  31. Lots of new faces and a rookie QB….but….my concern for this team was they all seem like nice guys. They appear to be soft. Also, Belichick was uncharacteristically soft on the players last year, praising them publicly, and that carried into this year. Perhaps he was battling that narrative about him being too hard on the younger generation of players, and yada yada yada, they don’t respond to that well, yada yada yada. Well, THE PLAYERS are dropping the ball all over the field, failing to block for the QB and backs, and the defense can’t get a stop whenever they absolutely have to have one. This goes back to the Miami game opening day. In addition, none of these receivers sans Jakobi Meyers, seem to be able to get separation. The formula going forward is to blitz the QB and force quick throws to well covered receivers, because Jones does not have the arm strength to challenge down field, especially if the Patriots are behind and they know the passes are coming. I’m no coach, and I understood all along it would take a while to bake this cake, and it may be a case of building towards next season if indeed the early part of the season was a work in progress, but right now, it doesn’t look very good. If Mac Jones wasn’t as consistent as he has been, things would be worse. A rookie QB has been masking their short comings. Hard to believe. Some of these things are talent related. Some are fixable, unless the mental errors are being made by people that just don’t have a very tough mental makeup, and I think there are some of those in the mix. They spent a fortune on some of these players, and they have not delivered anything more than undrafted free agents, sans Judon. I think the biggest disappointment obviously has to be Jonnu Smith, but he’s just one guy. The Tampa game has National TV Blowout written all over it. I thought it could be 3-1 after 4 games, but 1-3 looks more like reality. If I am Belichick, I work this team to the bone until they realize that if they don’t perform on Sunday, then the brutal practices will continue. I would not care if they lost the Tampa game because they practiced too hard. I’d sacrifice that game to get this all important message across. None of this is acceptable, and highly paid players need to perform like stars.

  32. I think we can all agree that Bill Belicheat was never a genius. His QB was the only thing that made NE win snd now he’s gone and the Patriots are in the sewer.

  33. the saints are a good team, they will finish somewhere around .500.
    the patriots are a mediocre team, they are going to finish with a losing record.

  34. Yes, the pro 2021 Patriots talk should be muzzled. And there has been too much pro Mac Jones talk. That said, I love the kid. He’s making mistakes but he’s doing a lot right, and he’s a guy any coach or teammate would want.

    Anyone that puts that pick six on him either doesn’t know football or is a fan of another team expressing wishful thinking. In this case, knowing the fan’s posts, it was the latter. That tells you what he really thinks of Jones.

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