Felger on the Patriots: I still can’t believe it’s gotten this bad
The New England Patriots fell to 2-7 on the season on Sunday when they lost to the Washington Commanders 20-17 at Gillette Stadium. On Monday’s Felger and Mazz, Felger discussed his disbelief on how things have gotten so bad for the Patriots in 2023.
Things have gotten really bad for the New England Patriots….
Felger: I still can’t believe it’s gotten this bad. I can’t. This is the one thing I could not see coming. Big picture I’ve been down on Belichick, we all have here on this show. But big picture, the overall direction of the team, I’ve been down on that for years. I have felt for years Belichick has slipped and the game has passed them by, all that. I am firmly on record as saying that for years. But I thought that that meant your floor was the middle of the league. That your floor was still taking care of business against bad teams and just losing to those that are better than you and that all just results in seven, eight, or nine wins, and that’s where you were going to be until Belichick just petered out and got the record and moved on or, you know, I thought the floor was that. I never thought you would truly be this. Do you appreciate how bad the Commanders are? I mean, they gave up on the season. They traded two of their better defensive players at the trade deadline, signaling to everyone, “we’re starting over. This is it”. They had lost five of six going into yesterday. Five of six! They were 31st in the league in points allowed. 29th in yards allowed. 29th in passing yards allowed. Dead last in touchdown passes allowed. 31st in quarterback rating allowed. On the road the week they basically waved the white flag and gave up on the season. And they pretty much kick your ass. You were lucky to be in the game. If not for just an insanely insane bad end zone interception by Sam Howell, who was otherwise good, or you made look good, byou know if it wasn’t for that incredible end zone interception and an incredible roughing the passer call on the Commanders, this isn’t a game. It’s not a game.
Jim Murray: And a stupid fumble, too.
Felger: Well, that was a good play by Tavai, I’m not going to put that on my list. If that’s what you’re referring to.
Mazz: No, but then they lose like 28 to 14.
Felger: The Tavai thing was just a really good defensive play. That was a football play. The end zone interception, on a day where he was good and that just ludicrous roughing the passer call, you know there’s ten points right there. It’s a ten point swing. It’s not a game. It’s not a game. They outgained you by over 100 yards. They held the ball for like 14 more minutes than you. In terms of first downs it was 23-18. They outgained you by 105 yards. On third down they were 9-17 and you were 3-12. You got your ass kicked by the worst team in the league. Just about who’s quit. I never thought it would get like that.