ESPN’s Mike Reiss: Patriots’ last two weeks mark lowest point since 1997
Reiss was asked whether he believed Belichick gave up on the game and questioned his choice to punt on a third-and-3 from the New Orleans 40, despite being down 24-0. Reiss expressed his confusion about Belichick’s decision, considering the game was still in the third quarter. They wondered why Belichick made such a move and discussed possible reasons, including a lack of trust in the team.
“I didn’t understand that decision. You know, he had explained that after the game, Fred, that until they’re better on third and fourth down, he doesn’t see that changing. To me, it is a 24-0 deficit with 9:55 to go in the third quarter, not the fourth quarter. I mean, I’ve seen stranger things happen and it wasn’t going in their direction at that time. But that call spoke volumes to me.” -Mike Reiss
The conversation then shifted to a broader discussion about the Patriots’ struggles, particularly with their recent draft picks and the team’s lack of depth. Reiss and Toucher considered whether there was any scenario in which Belichick might quit before the end of the season, but Reiss didn’t see that happening based on his sources’ feedback.
“I don’t see that myself. Only because the people that I talk to down there tell me that he’s working as hard as he ever has. And it’s not for lack of time, effort, passion, investment, you know what I mean? To me, that would be if someone had said, ‘Well, this is different.’ You know what I mean?” -Mike Reiss
They also touched on Belichick’s press conferences, suggesting that he might be finding it harder to explain recent events, even though it’s not necessarily reflected in his intelligence. The conversation concluded with Reiss noting that these were among the worst two losses in Belichick’s head coaching career since he’s started covering the team in 1997.
WALLACH: “Can you remember any time since 1997 that the Patriots have looked worse than they have the last two weeks back-to-back?”
The New England Patriots were shut out at home by the New Orleans Saints 34-0. They currently sit at the bottom of the AFC East with a record of 1-4. Mac Jones was 12-of-22 for 110 yards and two interceptions on Sunday.
It’s the first time Bill Belichick has trailed by 30 points at home in his head coaching career, including his time with Cleveland.
Nick Gemelli is a Producer for the Toucher and Rich program and contributor for 985thesportshub.com. you can follow Nick at @NickGemelli on Twitter.