Bill Belichick spent most of Monday night searching for answers that never came. (Peter Aiken/Getty Images)This one was on the coaches.



MIKE PETRAGLIA

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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.

Tom Brady and the Patriots suffered a humiliating 41-14 loss to the Chiefs Monday night.</p>
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Bill Belichick. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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.

‘€œI 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.

‘€œWe need to perform better,” Belichick said. “It wasn’€™t good enough.

‘€œI’€™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:

‘€œAll 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:

‘€œIt 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:

‘€œI never make predictions going into the season. Never have, never will.’€

On inserting Jimmy Garoppolo:

‘€œWe played everybody tonight.’€

On the mixing and matching of offensive line:

‘€œTrying to do what we think’€™s best.’€

On the offensive problems:

‘€œWell, 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:

‘€œI think our team competed. I mean, I thought we competed there at the end and that’€™s what they should do.’€

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

It may have seemed laughable at the start of the season but after a 41-14 pummeling at the hands of the Chiefs Monday night in Kansas City, Bill Belichick was actually asked if he was going to “evaluate” the quarterback position this week before taking on the Cincinnati Bengals in Sunday night football at Gillette Stadium.

The question didn’t even elicit a verbal response, just a smirk and a brief laugh.

What was no joke was Brady’s continued struggles to start 2014. He was just 14-of-23 for 159 yards, a TD pass to Brandon LaFell and two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. His QB rating was 59.9. Brady has completed 58.8 percent of his passes with a rating of 82.9, 13 points below his career average.

Belichick was asked afterward if he’s concerned about Brady’s performance after four games.

“I think we all need to perform better as a team,” Belichick answered.

When Jimmy Garoppolo came on to replace Brady with 10 minutes left in a 41-7 game, he led the Patriots on a touchdown drive on his first NFL drive. The drive was capped off when Garoppolo found Rob Gronkowski at the 5 and the tight end fought his way into the end zone.

Garoppolo’s second drive ended when he was sacked inside his own 20.

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Mike Petraglia
Tamba Hali was able to get to Tom Brady for a strip sack in the second half of Monday's 41-17 loss to the Chiefs. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Tamba Hali was able to get to Tom Brady for a strip sack in the second half of Monday’s 41-14 loss to the Chiefs. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Patriots made a few changes to the struggling offensive line prior to Monday’s game against the Chiefs by starting two rookies — Bryan Stork at center and Cameron Fleming at right guard (his first time ever playing the position), as well as moving Dan Connolly to left guard.

In addition, the team deactivated Jordan Devey, who had started the first three games of the season. Even with the changes, it did not stick as the team continued to rotate players in and out almost every series throughout the game trying to find a combination that works.

Here is our breakdown of the line (left tackle to right tackle) for each of their 11 drives:

  • Drive 1: Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Cameron Fleming, Sebastian Vollmer (Punt)
  • Drive 2: Solder, Connolly, Stork, Fleming, Vollmer (Punt)
  • Drive 3: Solder, Connolly, Stork, Fleming, Vollmer (Punt)
  • Drive 4: Solder, Connolly, Stork, Fleming, Marcus Cannon (Punt)
  • Drive 5: Solder, Connolly, Stork, Fleming, Vollmer (Punt)
  • Drive 6: Solder, Connolly, Stork, Fleming, Vollmer (Fumble)
  • Drive 7: Solder, Connolly, Stork, Fleming, Vollmer (Interception)
  • Drive 8: Cannon, Connolly, Stork, Fleming, Vollmer (Touchdown)
  • Drive 9: Solder, Connolly, Stork, Ryan Wendell, Vollmer (Interception)
  • Drive 10: Solder: Wendell, Stork, Fleming, Cannon (Touchdown)
  • Drive 11: Cannon, Wendell, Stork, Fleming, Vollmer (Punt)

Total number of snaps played (unofficial, includes penalties):

Quick observations: Stork went wire-to-wire in the first start of his NFL career, while Fleming missed only three snaps — the series where Tom Brady threw his pick-6. Of the 11 drives, the team used five different combinations with Wendell and Cannon playing multiple positions. As a whole, (without looking at the film) the offensive line played better than it did in the previous three games and gave Brady more time to throw — he had plenty of time to throw on each of his two interceptions, but they still cannot commit to a set group of five. Drives 5 and 6 were the worst for the group as Brady was hit and fumbled on third down, but fortunately recovered to end the fifth drive and then Tamba Hali got a great jump and was able to beat Solder on the edge to strip sack Brady on the sixth drive. Overall, Brady was sacked three times in the game and did not finish as Jimmy Garoppolo took over for the final two drives.

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Ryan Hannable

If you’re a member of the New England Patriots, this might be a very good week to wear ear muffs and “ignore the noise” around Gillette Stadium

Tamba Hali was able to get to Tom Brady for a strip sack in the second half of Monday's 41-17 loss to the Chiefs. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Tamba Hali was able to get to Tom Brady for a strip sack in the second half of Monday’s 41-17 loss to the Chiefs. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

If you’re a member of the New England Patriots, this might be a very good week to wear ear muffs and “ignore the noise” around Gillette Stadium

Certainly, Tom Brady knows what’s coming.

After he and his teammates were annihilated, 41-14, in Kansas City, Brady knows there will be countless critics of the Patriots, who fell to 2-2.

“There’s a lot of negativity,” Brady said. “Everyone is going to tell us how terrible we are. That’s just the NFL.”

Brady was just 14-of-23 for 159 yards. He threw two interceptions, including a pick-6, and a wretched 59.9 rating.

“We’re trying to find what we’re good at so we can find consistency,” Brady said. “Ultimately it comes down to dependability and consistency for me.

“If you play poorly, you’re not going to win many games on the road. Confidence, I’m not worried. There’s no one that’s going to dig us out of this hole. We have to look each other in the eye.”

Next up, the 3-0 Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.

“We’ll have to play our best to beat [Cincinnati],” Brady said. “We’ll find out what we’re made of. We have our work cut out. We have a great football team coming in this weekend that’s undefeated.

“Probably good that it’s a short week.”

The lone bright spot on offense was Brandon LaFell, who caught a pass from Brady in the third quarter and broke several tackles on his way to a 44-yard touchdown.

“He did a great job. He was great in the huddle tonight.” Brady said of LaFell.

Brady was taken out with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter after throwing the pick-6 to Husain Abdullah, marking the NFL debut of Jimmy Garoppolo.

“They told me I was coming out, so,” Brady said.

As for being embarrassed on a Monday night, Brady alluded indirectly to the 38-17 rout he suffered in New Orleans in 2009, the night NFL Films captured him and Bill Belichick lamenting the team’s effort in a conversation on the sidelines.

“This has happened before. We’re going to learn from it,” Brady said. “It was just a bad performance by everybody. Want to make sure we never have this feeling again.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

In one of the worst losses of the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots were dominated on both sides of the ball Monday night in Kansas City, as the Chiefs crushed New England, 41-14.