With knee surgery expected by the end of the year, Rob Gronkowski should be ready to go when the 2014 season opens next September, according to multiple media outlets.

For a Patriots team that had played well in the clutch and embraced big moments over most of the first 13 games, seeing breakdowns in all three phases of the game down the stretch Sunday was a surprise.

Even for them.

After watching film of Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Dolphins, Bill Belichick had a chance to more closely review what went wrong and the key areas that need improvement, namely red area execution on offense and defending third and fourth downs.

Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who made an impressive one-handed touchdown catch in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Dolphins, joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about the game.

“It was definitely nice to get in the end zone; it’s been a while. To do it in that fashion was kind of cool,” Hoomanawanui said. “But I told everyone last night I’d trade it in for a win in a heartbeat. Start getting better today, and move on to the Ravens.”

Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich made his weekly appearance with Mut & Merloni on Monday to discuss Sunday’s disappointing 24-20 loss to the Dolphins in Miami.

The defense played well overall but could not stop the Dolphins on key drives toward the end of both halves. Miami scored on a field goal on its final possession of the first half to close within a touchdown, then scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter for the winning points.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was uncharacteristically brief in his postgame press conference following Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Dolphins, joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to expound on his frustration about the disappointing loss.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- For the Patriots, opportunity wasn’t just knocking. It was beating the door off the hinges.

If that's what January is going to look like, it's going to be a short postseason for the Patriots.

Too many dropped passes in the clutch. The inability to stop a team on fourth down when you have them dead to rights. A kick out of bounds after a go-ahead touchdown.



Bill Belichick is not one to call out any player or point to a single play to characterize a loss.

But there were several key moments that the Patriots can point to as the reason they came up short in a 24-20 loss to the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. And Belichick addressed all of them Sunday.

It was short and not-so sweet for Tom Brady in his press conference following Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.

Asked about the final drive and the three chances at the end zone from the 19-yard line, Brady didn’t hold back.

“We had plenty of chances all day. We make some good plays and then we make plenty of s—y plays,” Brady said before walking off the podium to catch the team bus for the flight back to Boston.