Patriots

Patriots

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick was none too pleased with what he saw from his team, offensively or defensively, against the Chiefs on Thursday. 

"Alright, well, we didn’t really do much of anything well enough tonight to deserve to win," he said. "We gave up 42 points, stopped on four short-yardage plays. We've got to coach better, got to practice better, got to play better. We've got a lot of work to do. I mean, that’s obvious.

"We'll have to get back to work and see if we can improve pretty much everything. It's just not good enough. Andy [Reid], Kansas City – they did a good job. Give them credit. We just really weren’t competitive enough, especially on offense and defense. We made too many mistakes and didn’t play well on top of that. The fundamentals weren’t good enough. Really nothing was good enough so we've all got to do a better job."

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Belichick tried to cut off questions before they came by finishing his opening remarks with, "That’s going to be pretty much the answer to every question because that what it was."

The big plays allowed in the second half? "Bad defense, bad coaching, bad playing, bad football."

Tom Brady's comments about the team needing an attitude adjustment? "Whatever he said, go with that."

Any parallels to draw between this loss and the loss to the Chiefs three years ago? "I don't know."

The 42 points the Patriots allowed were the most the team has given up during Belichick's tenure. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith became the first quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards, four touchdowns and no picks against Belichick.

 

Early in Belichick's career with the Patriots he started a streak that lasted 82 games of not losing at home when leading at halftime. That was snapped when the Patriots fell 42-27 after leading 17-14 following two quarters of play. 

As much as Belichick and the Patriots might like to forget Thursday's opener ever happened, they won't. They'll be back at Gillette Stadium on Friday, as will players, going over film, hoping to find a path to better coaching, better playing, better football.

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