Tom Brady discussed the blowout loss.

Making his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan, Tom Brady attempted to explain the team’s poor play in Monday’s embarrassing loss to the Chiefs and why the already-struggling offense appears to be getting worse.

Tom Brady and the Patriots were crushed Monday night. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Tom Brady suffered one of his most embarrassing losses Monday night. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Making his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan, Tom Brady attempted to explain the team’s poor play in Monday’s embarrassing loss to the Chiefs and why the already-struggling offense appears to be getting worse. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Brady acknowledged he did not have a good game, but he downplayed the importance of one disastrous night for him and the team.

“I think you’ve got to have enough mental toughness to endure through all the situations,” Brady said. “This game, it tests your will, it tests your mental toughness, it tests your discipline and your work ethic. I think those are the things that are going to be tested by us the rest of the year. I don’t think it’s just going to be easy to just roll out helmets out there and expect to go out there and win games. We’ve got a lot of tough opponents, the competition’s tough.

“It was a tough loss the other night, but whether you lose by one point or you lose by 30, they’re all going to count the same in the end. We’ve got to figure out the things that we need to do better, which is quite a few things in order to be a lot more competitive than we were. It was a disappointing loss, but at the same time we’ve got to be able to move on. We’ve got a short week and we’ve got a great opponent. We don’t want one bad week to turn into two bad weeks. That’s where we’ve got to show, like I said, our mental toughness and our ability to move forward, learn from our mistakes and hopefully not repeat them.”

Brady was removed from the game in the fourth quarter, with the result no longer in doubt, and backup Jimmy Garoppolo entered and threw a touchdown pass. Bill Belichick laughed off a question in his postgame news conference about a quarterback controversy.

“I just do what I’m told. I’m not overanalyzing anything. We were getting our butts kicked,” Brady said. “It was a situation where we didn’t have a good game. That’s what coach wanted to do, so that’s what we did.”

Routs of the Patriots in the Belichick-Brady era are rare, and past teams have been able to avoid allowing bad games to lead to bad seasons. However, the 2014 team has underwhelmed since the start of the season, leading to questions about whether these Patriots can turn things around.

“There’s no magic play, there’s no magic scheme. It’s us as players playing a lot better than we’re playing,” Brady said. “This hasn’t been an isolated incident. I don’t think offensively we’ve played well all year. I don’t think we’ve played well for a long time. We’ve got to figure out the reasons why we’re not playing as well as we’re capable and try to improve them.”

The other issue is that the problems seem to be team-wide, as no one area has looked especially strong.

“It’s all of us,” Brady said. “It’s not just the skill group, the line, it’s the quarterback, tight ends, receivers, backs, offense, defense — it’s a team sport. We all complement one another. Like I said, if we don’t do well offensively, yeah, then the defense is on the field. When we play from behind like we’ve played from behind the last four weeks, it usually doesn’t go very well for teams. We’ve got to do a better job getting ahead, staying ahead, so we can stay balanced, we can have our full complement of our offense, we don’t stress our pass game too much, we don’t stress the protections, the defense has more of an opportunity to play and make the calls they want — it all ties together.

“I don’t think in any phase of the game we’re playing the way we need to play in order to compete at a high level week in and week out. That’s why we were in there working yesterday and trying to figure these things out. We’re 2-2. It’s not where we want to be, but it’s where we’re at. And we’re not making excuses for it other than to say we that we’ve got to play better.

“It’s not one position, it’s not one player. It’s all players, it’s all positions, it’s all coaches, it’s everybody. That’s why we’ve got to all rally together. There’s no one that’s going to dig us out of the hole except for ourselves. Like I said, our mental toughness, our will, our ability to learn from our mistakes and move forward is going to be really important to the outcome of our season. We’ve got a lot of football to play. I’ve got a lot of confidence in the guys that I play with. That’s what we’re going to rely on. We’re going to rely on the trust that we have in one another, to go out there and do the job that we need to do.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

On his individual struggles and poor statistical performance: “I don’t think we’ve played well offensively for a while. So I think that’s obviously going to reflect in every statistic that you can find, that we don’t have the kind of offense that’s going to perform at a high level. Like I said, everyone’s connected. It all ties together. I’m sure you can find a lot of statistics that aren’t what they were when we were playing well. But we’re not playing well, so we’re not going to have good stats.”

On the third-down play when he passed up running for a first down and attempted a pass to Julian Edelman that was incomplete: “It’s a split-second decision. In hindsight I wish I would have run it, because I think it would have been easier to get the first down. I kind of stepped up there in the pocket and caught Julian running across at the last second and thought I had a little space to get it in there to him. As it turned out, the ball ended up being incomplete. That’s one of the plays that I wish that I would have made a better decision on. That leads to first down, and first downs leads to keeping our defense off the field, which leads to hopefully us staying on the field longer and being able to control the ball and get more into our offense and score more points, which is our goal. The game’s about making plays and making good plays and good decisions. Those are the things that I’ve got to keep working on.”

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Jerry Spar

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Stevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

Every week, we list the Patriots’€™ “offensive touches,”€ a running tally of which one of the offensive skill position players is getting the most looks. Like our weekly look at targets, it can occasionally be an inexact stat, but it remains a good barometer of how confident the coaches (and quarterback) are when it comes to the skill position players at their disposal. Here’€™s a breakdown of the 2014 New England offense after four games:

RB Stevan Ridley: 60 (57 carries, 3 catches), 4 negative runs
RB Shane Vereen: 43 (28 carries, 15 catches) 1 negative catch
WR Julian Edelman: 30 (4 carries, 26 catches)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 13 (13 catches)
WR Brandon LaFell: 10 (10 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 9 (8 carries, 1 catch), 1 negative run
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 (6 catches)
RB James White: 6 (3 catches, 3 carries)
QB Tom Brady: 5 (5 carries), 9 sacks, 3 kneeldowns
WR Danny Amendola: 3 (3 catches)
TE Tim Wright: 3 (3 catches)
FB James Develin: 2 (2 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 1 (1 catch)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 (1 catch)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 sack

Notes: The Patriots had three negative plays from scrimmage on Monday — three sacks (two of Brady, one of Garoppolo.) … On the season, New England has run 260 plays from scrimmage, and 16 of them have gone for negative yardage, not including kneeldowns. …  Against the Chiefs, the Patriots ran 49 plays, a season-low, and none of them in no-huddle. In addition, 27 of their 49 snaps (55 percent) were in shotgun formation. … On the season, the Patriots have run 19 of their 260 plays out of no-huddle (7 percent) and 94 snaps in shotgun (36 percent). By way of comparison, over the course of the 2013 regular season, the Patriots were in shotgun for 42 percent of their offensive snaps and they ran no-huddle on 11 percent of their snaps.

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Christopher Price

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined WEEI’s Dale & Holley show on Tuesday to discuss New England’€™s 41-14 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

We check in with Full Tilt, Full Time Tedy Bruschi for his take on the poor play of the New England Patriots, and where they go from here.\
The big nose tackle joins Dale and Holley the day after one of the worst losses in recent Patriots history.
The big nose tackle joins Dale and Holley the day after one of the worst losses in recent Patriots history.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined WEEI’s Dale & Holley show on Tuesday to discuss New England’€™s 41-14 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

There were very few aspects of positive play for the Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium, as New England fell behind 17-0 after one half of play and could not get the ball moving on offense throughout the second half to mount a comeback.

“It just didn’€™t go well last night,” Belichick said. “We didn’€™t get off to a good start, ended up playing from behind. We weren’€™t able to stay on the field offensively in the first half. Defensively, we gave up a long touchdown drive on a couple of big plays and then ended up with a field goal at the half, which certainly some points that could have been saved there. Instead of it being 10-0, or even 14-0 at the half, it ends up 17. Then we turn the ball over three times in the second half and the game got out of hand. It just wasn’€™t a good night for us, period.”

With the Patriots down by a significant amount in the final quarter, Belichick replaced Tom Brady with rookie Jimmy Garoppolo. Belichick said the score was the reason he brought in the first-year quarterback.

“I thought the game was out of hand at that point. I took a lot of players out,” Belichick said. “I played some guys that need some playing time.”

Continued Belichick: “Every player on the team is part of the evaluation of the team every week: what we can do, how we can do it better and what our plans are. There’€™s no player that isn’€™t part of the team, every player is part of the team at every position.”

For most of the season, the talk around the team has been the problems of the offensive line. Again on Monday, the unit had issues, allowing three sacks of the New England quarterbacks.

Said Belichick: “You talk about a large group of people that are in different categories. Certainly, there are players that are established, who have played very well in their career. And there are other players who are younger and have much less of a track record. And there’€™s the players that are in between. … I think there’€™s a range in there.”

Belichick said he does not believe the retirement of longtime offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is the reason for the line’€™s failures.

“Our overall consistency and the performance level that we are striving for, I don’€™t think we’€™ve hit that,” Belichick said. “I think that transcends a lot players, a lot of coaches, a lot of different positions. It may be hard to say that any one person, past or present, is responsible for a high degree of that.”

The coach also discussed his reasoning behind why he played three running backs against the Chiefs.

“It’€™s based on everything,” Belichick said. “It’€™s based on game plan, it’€™s based on the health of the players, the way that you anticipate the game going. What needs are on the team in terms of special teams, offense, defense. Trying to fit all of those things together. It’€™s a combination of a lot of things to try to make sure that the players that you have are able to the things that all the jobs that you need done on the team.”

Belichick did not have much to offer about this week’€™s upcoming game against the Bengals, but did say the team will prepare as it always does.

“We’€™re going to work hard this week to get ready for Cincinnati,” Belichick said. “That’€™s what I can tell you we’€™re going to do.”

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Andrew Battifarano