Kendrick Bourne: Patriots need to scheme up better on third downs

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The Patriots have lost two consecutive games, and in those games they have converted just 6-for-22 on third downs. Patriots receiver Kendrick Bourne says something needs to change.

Asked after Thursday night’s loss to the Bills if the Patriots need to do something drastically different on third down, Bourne said they do.

“Um, yeah, man, we need to scheme up better,” Bourne said, via the Boston Herald. “We need to know what they’re doing. We need to know what they wanna do on third down, you know what I mean? It’s kind of sporadic. They call this, and we call that, and it falls right into what they want. You know what I mean? We need to have it where they’re falling into what we want, things like that. So that’s not my job, my job is to just run the call, but as we all can see, they had what — 30 first downs and we had eight? So something they were doing against us is working and something we’re doing against them wasn’t working, so it’s just about figuring it out each week. We’ve still got life, but we need to hurry and pick it up.”

Bourne is right about that: The Patriots are rapidly slipping out of playoff contention, and they need to get things fixed in a hurry. They certainly do need to scheme up better.

26 responses to “Kendrick Bourne: Patriots need to scheme up better on third downs

  1. It’s almost as if having failed defensive coaches come back to Bill in new offensive leadership roles doesn’t work. Nobody could have seen this coming.

  2. “Patriots receiver Kendrick Bourne says something needs to change.”

    Sure does. Start with noodle arm. Keep him and cellar dwelling becomes the Patriots raison d’être.

  3. Calling out the play calling and coaching is not typical of the Patriot Way. Jones also verbalized frustration with the play calling. Sounds like Bill is losing the locker room and the players are no longer buying into his system.

  4. It’s almost as if having failed defensive coaches come back to Bill in new offensive leadership roles doesn’t work. Nobody could have seen this coming.

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    Belichick has no clue how to build an offense, he ALWAYS NEEDED OTHERS giving him top offense, even in Giants (1990 season, 12 of 13 when offense scored 20 or more, and played 21 minutes against 49ers in NFCCG, less than 20 minutes in SB against Bills)

  5. MortimerInMiami says:
    December 1, 2022 at 3:50 pm
    Patriots 21
    Bills 7

    BB will shut down Josh Allen.
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    How did that work out for you Morty?

  6. touchback6 says:
    December 1, 2022 at 3:53 pm
    infectorman says:
    December 1, 2022 at 3:42 pm
    And yes, Bills fans, your team hasn’t won a division game yet. Losing to the lowly – Mac Jones-Town-Massacres tonight would put them at 0-3 in the division. Ouch, thats gotta hurt considering all the hoopla at the seasons outset.

    59Rate This

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    This makes no sense.

    If NE was to win this game, they’re 7-5, would have at least split with the Bills, will likely split with Miami when they come up to Foxborough in the cold on their little white pants, and NE swept the Jets already destroying Zachie Wilson’s carrer in one fell swoop.

    So, that wouldn’t make them “lowly” at all.

    They’re not losing to Arizona or the Raiders. Sorry. The Cincy game will be tough for sure, but they’re at home there with that one.
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    Now 6-6 and definitely lowly and leading the race to the basement by two full games. “Lowly” is too kind of a term for what we saw last night. Not a word of the scenario TB6 paints seems to be accurate.

  7. mikeinbrookline says:
    December 2, 2022 at 9:55 am
    It’s almost as if having failed defensive coaches come back to Bill in new offensive leadership roles doesn’t work. Nobody could have seen this coming.

    As usual Bill wants to be the smartest guy in the room. And as is usually the case he outsmarts himself.

    I don’t know how easy it will be to get this fixed. They should torpedo this coaching scheme obviously but then Jones will be entering his 3rd season on his 3rd different offensive coaching group and scheme. Can’t be good for him.

  8. mikeinbrookline says:
    December 2, 2022 at 9:55 am
    It’s almost as if having failed defensive coaches come back to Bill in new offensive leadership roles doesn’t work. Nobody could have seen this coming.

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    Well it’s not like BB could give them jobs on the defensive side. He’s got to make sure his kids get paid and prop up their credentials before he retires. Kind of what Zimmer and Kubiak were trying to do on the Vikings when Zimmer got fired except Bill has a few rings that insulates him from consequences.

  9. Try getting open instead of worrying about the schemes lol

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    Didn’t you firmly believe that the scheme of Belichick the garbage made Brady?

    Told you all that with Brady gone, those “easy” routes and “easy” throws would be gone too, because the reason they were “easy” was because of the TIME Brady threw the balls.

  10. No. The patriots need better players. Or, a QB that can cover up their holes. Oh wait, they had a QB that could cover up their holes and they forced him to walk. Okay. Just the better players thing.

  11. Brady is currently struggling in an offense that Jameis Winston threw for 5K yards in. This Patriots offense has nowhere near the talent level Brady had for many years. Jakobi Myers is their best receiver who Brady couldn’t do anything with in 2019 while with the Patriots.

  12. letsgonow says:
    December 2, 2022 at 11:41 am
    Third and 8 or 9? Patricia: “Let’s dial up a 7 yard pass” Several times. SMH

    Yup.

    My favorite was running the ball again and again without going play action. After the Bills stopped the run… they run it again for negative yards. Whooo!

  13. nhpats2011 says:
    December 2, 2022 at 10:26 am
    Not a word of the scenario TB6 paints seems to be accurate.

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    It rarely is

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    Amen to this

  14. Are the patsy fans glad now like they were last year that 14 teams passed on the noodle arm? Are they just realizing what everyone already knew? Noodle arm isn’t a starting QB in this league.

  15. I think that weak little 5 yard screen play call on 3rd and 15 or whatever it was should win an Espy for play of the year.

  16. Any Patriot fan that defends Bill Belichick is a Kool-Aid drinking sycophant. Look at how atrocious his drafts have been over the last 7 years. He trades down to accumulate more picks, mostly in the second round, look at HOW AWFUL Bill B has drafted in the second round for his entire career! Don’t cherry pic the few that were good. His free agent signings have been awful. Judon was the only good one! The game has passed him by just like it did for Tom Landry and Don Shula. The record of the GM of the Patriots over the last 10 years would have gotten him fired by ALL NFL teams. If Bob Kraft wants to keep him as coach that is fine but he should tell Bill you can’t be the GM anymore.

  17. Yeah…. down 3 scores with 8 minutes left is hardly the time to dial up a 5 minute field goal drive

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