Football

More of the same, from Pats players and coach

Coach GOAT has never opened the door to his soul before the assembled media, but after Sunday’s self-inflicted loss his demeanor offered a peek into what his mood.

Bill Belichick appeared slightly stunned, slightly disgusted, and slightly bewildered. That sounds like a recipe for a hopelessness.

And Belichick hasn’t betrayed helplessness much during his two decades in Foxborough.

Fact is, this team – Belichick’s team, his team, in every sense of the word – looked alternately cocky, bumbling, confident, dazed and confused.

This was a game that the Patriots should have won, which is around the furthest corner from could.

Washington turned Gillette Stadium into a 66,000-seat lab dedicated to the study of ways to lose football games. The Commanders didn’t win simply because, in that long-valued Belichickian bromide, make more plays than the Patriots. 

They did make more plays. They also made fewer poor decisions.

The most annoying, premeditated dereliction of common sense came each time a play called for Mac Jones to throw a pass further than 10 yards.

Has offensive guru Bill O’Brien not been watching? Why in the name of Vince Lombardi would he expect deep balls to result in happy endings now?

A few passes were simply bad, some were rushed, some had the misfortune of being nearly perfect. The sub-par gaggle of receivers Belichick has procured from the bargain basement shouldn’t be expected catch passes that land on their fingertips.

Belichick did offer a simple yet accurate reason for their maddening penchant for letting the Commanders off the hook on several third-and-long plays.

“We didn’t tackle well. That was obvious.”

The Patriots play their next game in Germany, facing the Indianapolis Colts.

If the idea of these international games is to sell American football to a worldwide audience, the NFL shouldn’t be surprised if the Pats drive away more futbol fans than they win over.