Belichick: No ‘magical Solution’ to Troubling Trend

November 20, 2018
Patriots coach Bill Belichick believes the team's problems in the first and third quarters of games are a matter of Ôexecution.' BOSTON HERALD PHOTO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have been outscored by their opponents in the first and third quarters by a significant margin.

In the first quarter, coming out of the gate, it’s 56-47. Coming out of the half, after making adjustments, it’s 61-40.

During a conference call, both head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were asked about the slow starts to games and coming out after intermission and what might turn that trend around.

“We’ve looked at that. I don’t think there’s any magical solution,” said Belichick. “I think it comes down to our execution on the plays whatever they happen to be, runs, passes, play-actions ... if we execute the plays, we get yards, if we don’t, then we don’t.

“We’ve had plenty of success when things are done correctly and efficiently,” he went on. “And when they’re not, we don’t have the same results. That’s really what it comes down to.”

McDaniels also said it was an area that’s been studied and dissected to find out why certain areas haven’t been successful.

“Sometimes there’s simple answers, sometimes they’re layered,” he said. “Whether it’s the beginning of the game, or the beginning of the third quarter, any football play in any series we have on offense comes down to the same few things. Good communication, good execution, being able to play aggressive and fast ... sometimes there’s some schemes that we’ve tried that haven’t been working out as well for us in the first part of the year. You can do less of those.”

McDaniels said there are also some areas they might be close on, where a tweak here or there might help and the play will be more productive.

“You have to be careful about just throwing everything away that hasn’t necessarily produced to this point,” said McDaniels. “A big part of that is coaching. We have to do a good job of identifying the things we can improve on and fix ’em and get our guys to understand what those might be, and at other times ... move in a different direction and do something else.”


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