‘That was robust’: Invoice Belichick mentioned which fourth down name he ‘may’ve punted’ as an alternative


“It is a enterprise, and I perceive that a part of it,” Belichick replied when requested if he regrets Tom Brady’s free agent departure.

Bill Belichick fourth down Tom Brady
Invoice Belichick in the course of the Patriots’ season-opening loss to the Eagles. AP Picture/Michael Dwyer
  • Mac Jones, in a blue New England Patriots jersey, sets up to throw a football.

    All of us discovered one essential factor from the Patriots’ Week 1 loss, and it’s that Mac Jones shouldn’t be damaged

  • Regardless of early struggles, Kendrick Bourne states his case as Patriots No. 1 receiver with 2-touchdown sport

A day after the Patriots’ season-opening 25-20 loss to the Eagles, Invoice Belichick was requested once more about his workforce’s choice to go for it on fourth down.

Instantly following the sport on Sunday, Belichick mentioned he thought it was “one of the best choice for the workforce” to attempt to convert a fourth and three within the fourth quarter on the Eagles’ 17-yard line (as an alternative of kicking a subject aim). He later added that, “If we kicked, I’m positive you’d be asking why we didn’t go for it.”

On Monday, Belichick provided a barely extra nuanced response.

“Nicely, fourth and three down by eight, I imply, I don’t have any regrets on that one,” Belichick mentioned throughout his weekly interview on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Present.”

He did seem to precise some remorse about one other fourth down choice. Following the Patriots’ failed try on fourth and three, New England went for it once more later within the quarter. Going through what was initially a fourth and 12 (and later fourth and 17 at Philadelphia’s 48-yard line after a delay of sport penalty), Mac Jones’s go fell incomplete with simply over two minutes remaining within the sport.

“Fourth and 17, wanting again on it, we had three timeouts, may’ve punted that one,” Belichick admitted. “I imply, I don’t know the way a lot subject place we might’ve gained, however fourth and 17 after the delay, that was robust.”

Ultimately, Belichick additionally provided a reminder that penalties harm the Patriots as a lot as failed fourth downs.

“We had our possibilities on the finish there,” Belichick defined. “The penalty makes it a 3 level sport, so we’d be taking part in for a subject aim on the finish, however the two-point conversion was nullified, so then it’s a landing sport. So clearly we needed to play for a landing there on the finish.”

It match into the bigger narrative the Patriots’ coach attributed to his workforce’s defeat.

“We definitely did sufficient issues to make it aggressive,” he mentioned when requested if there have been optimistic takeaways regardless of the loss. “We simply weren’t capable of make sufficient performs to win. So we simply have to make a couple of extra higher performs, not simply on the finish, however there have been a number of alternatives all the way in which alongside the road. We simply all must do a greater job.”

Sunday’s opener was additionally a special day, with Tom Brady honored throughout a halftime ceremony.

Contemplating that Brady loved success after leaving New England — successful a further Tremendous Bowl — Belichick was requested if he had any “regrets” on how Brady’s exit from the Patriots went in 2019-2020.

“Nicely, no,” he replied. “It is a enterprise, and I perceive that a part of it.”

“However I definitely appreciated the chance to teach Tom,” Belichick added. “I had an incredible dialog with him yesterday. It was good catch up. He set the usual for what an incredible participant is. There’s no one higher than him and I’m so lucky to have had the chance to draft him, coach him, and be taught from him, so I look again at these 20 years with an excessive amount of fondness and affection for Tom and what he did for me and for our soccer workforce.”