What Invoice Belichick mentioned concerning the Patriots’ fourth down play-calling


Belichick additionally gave his ideas on the workforce’s rally after a sluggish begin, plus Jabrill Peppers’s pressured fumble.

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Invoice Belichick throughout the Patriots’ loss to the Eagles. Maddie Meyer/Getty Photographs

Invoice Belichick addressed the Patriots’ season-opening loss to the Eagles with a succinct abstract.

“We had our possibilities immediately,” he defined within the postgame press convention. “Acquired off to a sluggish begin, and made it aggressive. Simply couldn’t make sufficient performs right here, or those we wanted to make.”

New England fell behind 16-0 to the defending NFC champions by the tip of the primary quarter, however rallied. The Eagles’ eventual 25-20 win wasn’t determined till the ultimate 30 seconds of the sport, when an obvious Kayshon Boutte catch on fourth and 11 was overturned (handing the ball again to Philadelphia).

“General we performed competitively,” Belichick mentioned. “We had some good performs after which had a pair performs that might’ve been higher clearly.

“We had some key penalties, and clearly the turnovers. Simply must do a greater job.”

Belichick was additionally requested concerning the Patriots’ resolution to go for it on fourth and three on the Eagles’ 17-yard line with 9:32 remaining within the sport. Trailing 22-14, New England opted to maintain the offense on the sphere as an alternative of kicking a area purpose. The following Mac Jones incompletion resulted in a turnover on downs.

“Thought it was the perfect resolution for the workforce,” Belichick said in response to Boston Globe reporter Ben Volin about why the Patriots went for it.

“If we kicked, I’m certain you’d be asking why we didn’t go for it.”

The Patriots drop to 0-1, however confirmed some promise on offense. Jones, after a down season in 2022, overcame the early interception (which the Eagles ran again for a rating) to throw for 316 yards and a trio of landing passes.

Belichick mentioned the workforce’s sluggish begin – and eventual success transferring the soccer – was much less about schematic modifications.

“Higher execution. Higher timing,” he defined.

The climate, which included regular rainfall for components of the primary half, performed a minor position in early play-calling.

“We didn’t launch many deep balls, however there weren’t plenty of these anyway,” mentioned Belichick. “However yeah I imply it was somewhat little bit of an element early within the sport.”

One play that caught out from a optimistic standpoint for New England was the pressured fumble attributable to Patriots security Jabrill Peppers on Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

The turnover handed the ball again to the Patriots late within the fourth quarter, although Jones and the offense have been unable to attain.

Nonetheless, Belichick was impressed with Peppers.

“Nice contact play,” he mentioned. “Pep’s an explosive participant. Nice hit, ball popped proper out. Nice deal with.”