Bill Belichick spoke for 10 minutes after Monday night’s debacle in Kansas City but he didn’t need many words to sum up what he felt after his team was beaten in every possible manner, 41-14, by the Chiefs.
The team stands 2-2 but it feels much worse. The team traded away Logan Mankins and their offensive line has responded with a disastrous start. The middle of the line was somewhat improved Monday night but Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder were beaten badly on back-to-back drives in the third quarter as the Chiefs edge rushers blew right by them.
It appears they haven’t recovered since the trade of their captain on the offensive line.
‘I mean, we can sit here and have a lot of hypothetical questions,” Belichick said. “We are where we are and we’re going to do better.’
But perhaps most troubling Monday night was the defense. They allowed 303 yards in the first half, the worst defensive half of football in the Belichick era in Foxboro.
‘We need to perform better,” Belichick said. “It wasn’t good enough.
‘I’ve said many times, every year we’ve got to go out and prove ourselves every year, all of us. So we all have to do that.’
More takeaways from Belichick Monday night:
‘All right, well, obviously we just didn’t have a very good night tonight. It was disappointing. Chiefs played well, we just didn’t really play well enough at all. We gave up some third down conversions in the first half, long drive, field goal at the end of the half, couldn’t really move the ball consistently on offense and then turned it over in the second half and gave up another long drive. We just didn’t play very well, Kansas City played well, so that’s a bad combination for us. We all have to do a better job.’
On their inability to establish a running game, and how did that impact the passing attack:
‘It was a combination of both. We didn’t really have a lot of success doing anything. So I think if we had gained more with the running game we probably would have run it more. I don’t know.’
On the team struggling after four games:
‘I never make predictions going into the season. Never have, never will.’
On inserting Jimmy Garoppolo:
‘We played everybody tonight.’
On the mixing and matching of offensive line:
‘Trying to do what we think’s best.’
On the offensive problems:
‘Well, we need to do everything better offensively. We had like five first downs in the first half or something like that. We did a lot of things wrong and we turned the ball over in the second half. So pretty much, we need to do everything better.’
On Jimmy Garoppolo competing:
‘I think our team competed. I mean, I thought we competed there at the end and that’s what they should do.’