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Invoice Belichick on Mac Jones, Malik Cunningham, and Patriots’ roster constructing method on offense


Belichick was requested if it is “time to re-evaluate your offensive roster constructing method within the absence of a traditionally nice quarterback?”

Invoice Belichick in the course of the Patriots’ loss to the Raiders. AP Photograph/David Becker

A day after the Patriots dropped to 1-5 with a 21-17 defeat to the Raiders, Invoice Belichick paraphrased his previous boss when requested to explain the staff’s expertise degree in relation to its place within the standings.

“The document is what it’s,” stated Belichick. “Use the Invoice Parcells quote on that one.”

The crux of New England’s present points revolve across the offense, particularly the play of quarterback Mac Jones. Talking throughout his weekly look on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Present,” Belichick disagreed with a query about if Jones is attempting to do an excessive amount of.

“I don’t assume it’s an excessive amount of, I feel it’s simply on that play, it wasn’t an excellent throw,” Belichick famous of Jones’s second quarter interception. Rolling to his proper, the 25-year-old tried to seek out tight finish Hunter Henry, however missed, leading to a turnover.

“He ran out of the pocket, Hunter was open, he simply didn’t make an excellent throw,” stated the Patriots’ coach. “I feel he’s greater than able to making that.”

As for the way New England can flip issues round, Belichick reiterated a well-recognized message.

“There’s no shortcut,” he stated. “Simply must preserve working at it.”

Producing factors has turn into a constant downside for the Patriots in recent times. Following Tom Brady’s departure, Belichick’s imaginative and prescient of how one can assemble a profitable offense has come beneath growing scrutiny.

Given the context, Belichick was requested a pointed query in the course of the WEEI interview: “Is it time to reevaluate your offensive roster constructing method within the absence of a traditionally nice quarterback?”

“All of it begins with the quarterback on offense and constructing round him, whoever that’s,” Belichick defined. “We all the time must attempt to put the very best staff collectively that you may, and that’s what we’ll proceed to do. Clearly the outcomes aren’t what we would like, however we’re going to maintain taking a look at it.”

Following the radio interview, Belichick spoke to reporters in a digital press convention. The theme of high-level questions continued. NBC Sports activities Boston reporter Tom E. Curran requested why the Patriots have — aside from video games in opposition to the Jets — persistently fallen behind early since a Week 12 loss to the Vikings in 2022.

“Tom, if I had the reply to that query, possibly it wouldn’t be that manner,” Belichick admitted. “We’ve tried a variety of various things issues. We’ll preserve engaged on it.

“However you’re proper,” he added, “it’s been exhausting to play from behind. That’s not the best way you need to play on this league or actually in any aggressive sport that I can consider. We’ve got to do a greater job, there’s not doubt about that.”

After the defeat in opposition to the Saints, Belichick said that New England could be “beginning over.” Per week later, he was requested how he felt it’s going.

“I feel we undoubtedly did some issues higher than we did the final week or the week earlier than that, however in the long run nonetheless not sufficient,” he stated.

The debut of versatile undrafted rookie Malik Cunningham — who featured on just a few snaps — drew reward from Belichick.

“Malik’s improved rather a lot in the middle of the 12 months each at receiver and within the kicking sport, after which among the snaps he’s performed at quarterback. Didn’t actually get an excessive amount of of an opportunity to see him yesterday,” he acknowledged.

“He’s been good to work with, he’s made a whole lot of enchancment, and we’ll see the place it goes.”

One of many takeaways from the defeat in Las Vegas have been the quite a few penalties that the Patriots incurred (totaling 10 for 79 yards).

Belichick summed up his ideas on the officiating.

“The calls are the calls. This crew calls a whole lot of penalties,” he stated. “They referred to as a whole lot of penalties yesterday, however that’s out of our management apart from attempting to do issues as essentially as we are able to. A number of the penalties clearly have been all our fault. False begins, issues like that. A number of the different ones, now we have to play good basic soccer and that’s what we’re attempting to do.”

Requested particularly about how he would possibly coach gamers like cornerback J.C. Jackson in another way on among the controversial calls, Belichick appeared to sign his opinion of the official’s choice.

“Most likely not an excessive amount of,” he stated

A lone humorous second arrived when Curran concluded his questions by asking why Belichick persistently adjusts (and moves) microphones initially of press conferences.

“So I can see you guys.”