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Patriots left speechless by one-sided loss to Titans

Patriots left speechless by one-sided loss to Titans

NASHVILLE -- The Patriots almost seemed perplexed after the fact. Flummoxed.

How could did it get so bad so quickly? In the moments after the score went final, 34-10, there was little in the way of answers coming out of the Patriots locker room.

"There's really not too much to say here this afternoon," Bill Belichick said. "The Titans did a better job than we did in every part of the game, every phase of the game. Not a good day for us. We've got a lot of work to do here, a lot of football left to go. We just didn't do much of anything well today."

Julian Edelman was brief with his answers to reporters' questions.

TITANS 34, PATRIOTS 10

"Got outplayed," he said repeatedly. "Gotta look at the film," was another common refrain.

He knew it, too. It got to the point that he apologized to those clutching microphones in front of him and looking for something, anything, to use in their postgame stories.

"I’m sorry," he said. "Sorry to be an a-hole. But we got outplayed.”

Matthew Slater was one of the last to leave the Patriots locker room. The voice of the Patriots in many ways, even he struggled to put words to what happened to the team on Sunday -- a day that started with a 58-yard kick return from Darius Jennings and didn't get much better from there.

TITANS 34, PATRIOTS 10

"We're, what, 7-3? I think obviously we've done enough good things to win seven games," Slater said, "but it's not going to be good enough down the stretch. I don't think it's something that's a complete overhaul. I just think we gotta try to tighten up the details and play together and play with good energy on the road, play with good focus on the road, and execute. It's little things, I'd say."

The bye he continued would be used to self-scout, and make the many corrections that need to be made before seeing the Jets in Week 12.

"Try to get better," Slater said. "If we don't, we're gonna be in for a tough stretch."

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Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Scratch that Danny Amendola-Patriots reunion.

Peter Schrager of the NFL Network reports the free-agent wide receiver is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, where he spent last season and had 62 catches for 678 yards. Former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will enter his third season as Lions coach in 2020. 

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The 34-year-old left the Patriots after five seasons to sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and may have burned a bridge or two with Bill Belichick. 

It had been speculated that perhaps bringing in a former reliable Tom Brady receiver might be part of a plan to lure Brady back to New England, with a report in late January that Amendola could come along to wherever Brady lands in free agency, but a Brady-Amendola reunion in Detroit isn't happening, either. 

Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.