Patriots are clear on their points and can attempt to keep away from the second 0-3 begin of Belichick’s tenure


Their 24-17 loss to Miami dropped them to 0-2, their first such begin since 2001 — Invoice Belichick’s second season in New England.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
New England Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick solutions questions following an NFL soccer recreation, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, in Foxborough, Mass. AP Picture/Michael Dwyer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It’s not fairly time to panic in New England. However the Patriots‘ newest setback put them ready they haven’t been in beneath Invoice Belichick in additional than 20 years.

Their 24-17 loss to Miami dropped them to 0-2, their first such begin since 2001 — Belichick’s second season in New England. The Patriots haven’t began 0-3 since Belichick’s first season, once they began 0-4.

Lots of the identical points that contributed to the Patriots’ season-opening loss — turnovers and points on an offensive line that continues to be disrupted by accidents — had been current once more Sunday.

In each losses, it has added as much as early deficits, one thing that Belichick stated can’t proceed be a development if they’ll win video games.

“That’s actually the worst factor that may occur,” he stated. “Defensively, we’ve had a few drives that didn’t lead to a number of factors, however then these turnovers put us on a brief area, so we needed to battle by way of these. It’s simply complementary crew soccer, taking good care of the ball and defensively having the ability to convert on third right down to get off the sphere.”

By way of two video games, the Patriots have already turned the ball over 4 instances, resulting in 14 factors.

Veteran middle David Andrews stated there’s loads of confidence within the locker room to determine issues out.

“I don’t assume the assumption is the issue,” he stated. “I believe you take a look at that the final two weeks, we didn’t lay down and give up. However perception solely takes you to this point. You’ve obtained to do it in some unspecified time in the future, proper? It’s extra about execution than perception.”

What’s working

Particular teamer Brenden Schooler had one of many largest performs of the evening together with his crew trailing 17-3 late within the third quarter. With the Dolphins establishing for a 49-yard area aim try by Jason Sanders, Schooler initially lined up midway between the the Patriots’ sideline and his teammates on the road of scrimmage.

He obtained a operating begin and timed his rush completely simply because the ball was snapped. His momentum allowed him to simply get across the Dolphins’ edge safety and dive in almost untouched for a block that was recovered by teammate Kyle Dugger.

“It’s a testomony to our teaching employees as a result of once they drew it up and informed us what we had been doing I assumed to myself, ’I belief them, however I haven’t evert seen something like this earlier than,’” he stated.

Raiders coach and former Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels stated the play is bound to boost eyebrows across the league.

“If it really works, then it tends to be stolen,” McDaniels stated.

What wants assist

Capitalizing on opponents’ errors has additionally been a difficulty for the Patriots.

New England’s ensuing offensive collection after Schooler’s block rapidly moved to the Miami 22 earlier than a cross by Jones supposed for DeVante Parker was intercepted by Xavien Howard.

It was one in all thrice within the closing two quarters New England did not capitalize on a miscue by Miami.

The Patriots went three-and-out following Tua Tagovailoa’s interception within the fourth quarter. Then, following a missed 55-yard area aim try by Sanders with simply over two minutes remaining, the Patriots did not convert on fourth down, permitting Miami to expire the clock.

Top off

Rookie CB Christian Gonzalez. Every week after registering his first profession sack, he added his first interception within the fourth quarter when he adjusted to an underthrown ball by Tagovailoa and thwarted what would have been a protracted completion to Tyreek Hill.

Inventory down

Offensive line. For the second straight week, the Patriots had been down a starter up entrance, this time taking part in with out left sort out Trent Brown (concussion).

They did get again left guard Cole Unusual, who sat out the opener with a knee problem. However even with Miami lacking one in all its prime rushers in linebacker Jaelan Phillips, points had been obvious on that aspect of New England’s line early.

Brown’s substitute Vederian Lowe and Unusual allowed penetration on a sack that stunted what was a promising New England game-opening drive.

The Dolphins completed with 4 sacks and hit Jones eight instances.


CB Marcus Jones left after injuring his shoulder whereas tackling Jaylen Waddle early within the second quarter and didn’t return. Any missed time will go away a gap each within the secondary and on particular groups, the place he serves as punt and kick returner.

Key quantity

1992 – It’s the final time a Belichick-coached crew trailed by double-digits in every of its first two video games. Belichick was with the Browns that season. It had by no means occurred throughout his Patriots tenure till Sunday evening.

Subsequent steps

The Patriots hit the street for the primary time this season once they go to the New York Jets, who they’ve overwhelmed 14 straight instances.

AP Sports activities Author Mark Anderson contributed.