Bill Belichick still has no answers why Patriots keep making same mistakes

To no surprise, Bill Belichick’s mood was no better the day after leaving Las Vegas with a stunning loss.

The Patriots head coach didn’t have any answers for why his team keeps making the same mistakes over and over, and why they’re so poor at situational football as evidenced by the final play — an ill-advised hook-and-lateral — that led to the Raiders 30-24 win Sunday.

So how does the team get past a loss like like that, Belichick was asked during a videoconference Monday?

“Follow the same process we always follow,” Belichick answered. “Correct the mistakes, identify the things we need to keep doing well, and move on to Cincinnati.”

Yes, they’re leaving Las Vegas and right on cue, are once again on to Cincinnati, an infamous line Belichick used in 2014, after a humiliating loss in Kansas City.

Belichick didn’t want to relive the thought process behind the ill-fated final play with the score tied and just seconds remaining before overtime. It started with Rhamondre Stevenson running a draw play, and ended with Jakobi Meyers’ throw across the field that was pulled in by Chandler Jones, who scampered 48 yards for the winning touchdown, bowling over Mac Jones in the process.

“Obviously, we don’t want the result we had on that play,” he said. “We’ll just leave it at that.”

Fifteen weeks into the season, the Patriots keep making the type of mistakes that lose games. They’ve consistently flunked situational football all throughout the season.

Is it because of youth, inexperience, or difficulty getting through to the players, Belichick was asked?

The Patriots head coach was very circumspect with his answer. He chalked it up to mistakes being par for the course. That’s typically how it goes.

“I’ve never coached in a game where you weren’t coaching and making corrections of mistakes after the game, on all levels, playing, coaching, everything, decision-making, overall strategy,” said Belichick. “That’s a part of every review. I’ve never coached in a game where you didn’t have that. There are also things that are positive that you look at, that you want to try to build on. I think those elements occur in every game. I’ve never been in one that didn’t have both.”

Mac Jones threw for just 112 yards completing just 13 of 31 passes in the loss. Belichick also didn’t sound too concerned about the performance of his quarterback.

“We just have to do a better job,” he said. “We’ve thrown the ball well. In other games our completion percentage has been different than that. That’s not the standard, but just in general, we just have to do a better job.”

As for the red zone fiasco in the second quarter, where two touchdowns were wiped out, why aren’t plays getting in on time?

“It’s a combination of things that we need to do better,” said Belichick.

He was asked why the offense would be in the shotgun down by the goal line, as opposed to having Mac Jones under center during a red zone sequence in the second quarter that saw the Patriots have two touchdowns erased thanks to a timeout, and penalty.

What was the benefit?

Belichick explained that not having tight end Hunter Henry, who was being treated for an eye injury at the time, changed the dynamics.

“Without Hunter (Henry) there, that’s not where we normally would have been, but that’s what it was,” he said. “We did what we thought was best at the time. And given the circumstances, maybe there’s other options we’ll have in the future. We’ll see.”

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