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New England Patriots links 9/25/18 - Belichick concerned more about execution than effort

Daily news and links for Tuesday

New England Patriots v Detroit Lions Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images



  • Tom E. Curran offers some tips for those suffering from Patriots Demise Syndrome (PDS).
  • Doug Kyed presents his Pats-Lions Film Review: What’s wrong with Tom Brady’s deep ball?
  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Patriots defense pushed around, Brady searching for answers.
  • Matt Dolloff details how the Patriots were doomed in Detroit by offensive flaws and depth issues.
  • Evan Lazar explains how the Patriots’ Super Bowl aspirations hinge on Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Quick possessions are dooming the Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran observes that the Patriots have nothing -- absolutely nothing -- to rely on with their passing attack right now.
  • Zack Cox tries not to make any grand, sweeping proclamations about a rookie just two games into his NFL career, especially a first-round draft pick who missed the entire preseason” but... must. point. out. Sony Michel really has struggled” so far.
  • Tom E. Curran explains how the listless Patriots defense gets absolutely steamrolled by the heretofore unimpressive Lions, and the lethargic play of Dont’a Hightower is particularly worrisome.
  • Evan Lazar gives us ten things we learned from the loss in Detroit: Patriots’ pass catchers hit rock bottom.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some leftover thoughts from Sunday: Tom Brady’s receiver problem is very real.
  • Michael Hurley knows the Patriots are struggling mightily, but they’re not alone.
  • Ryan Hannable revisits the offseason to point out how the Patriots issues through Week 3 could have been prevented. /1. Find 1981 DeLorean with Flux Capacitor...
  • Steve Atkinson (BostonSportsExtra) Was Sony Michel overhyped?
  • Nick O’Malley looks at history to figure out what it means that the Pats lost two in a row.
  • Matthew Slater is determined to find some answers, “We’re in the midst of some adversity right now and we’re going to find out what kind of football team we have — what kind of men we have in this locker room. I certainly believe in the group that we have, but we have to get a lot better.”
  • Logan Mullen highlights Bill Belichick telling WEEI “It’s the execution that really concerns me. We’re trying hard, just not getting enough done.”
  • Rob Bradford highlights WEEI guest Chris Gronkowski on his brother’s frustrations. “I haven’t talked to (Rob Gronkowski) personally about it, but I can just tell by his emotions and his facial features that he’s super frustrated with it. You can see at the end of the game how they ended the game double-covering him, pressing him off the line. He just wants to get the ball in his hands and make plays. You just can’t do it when nobody else is getting open. You can’t have single-coverage if no one else can beat single-coverage.”
  • Ryan Hannable recaps Josh McDaniels with lots of positive things to say about Josh Gordon. /To start with, swell first name...
  • Matt Dolloff finds that the Patriots stock couldn’t be much lower after the Detroit Lions dominated them in all phases of the game.
  • Ross Gienieczko Patriots Notebook: September losses have way to be forgotten as season improves.
  • Kevin Duffy sends out demerit slips [To be signed and brought back] with this week’s Patriots Report Card. /Even Belichick and Brady lose recess.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 3 Report Card: Lions crush New England. /Hide this one from the ‘rents, kids.
  • Steve and the hood present Boston sports (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Patriots recap with Bernd Buchmasser from Pats Pulpit. (1 hour, 14 min.)


  • Christian D’Andrea (SB Nation) The Patriots’ problems are bigger than Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman can solve.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady: We haven’t taken advantage of defenses focusing on Gronk.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick cares not about history but only about improving his team.
  • Tom Ley (Deadspin) The Patriots are slllooooowwwww.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Patriots will be fine after the loss to the Lions--but for how much longer? A reminder that the dynasty won’t last forever. /Uh... thanks, Bud.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The Starting 11: We’ve seen this Patriots movie before.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: How the 3–0 Dolphins are making it work, Rosen the latest rookie starting QB, More NFL notes.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: More Mahomes magic, a Buffalo stunner, and QBs coming and going -- A Week 3 roller coaster.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Sunday Freakout: Josh Allen lights up Vikings, Patrick Mahomes is getting boring, Garoppolo goes down, Rams still a juggernaut but…
  • Conor Orr (SI) Which teams would—maybe, possibly—trade for Le’Veon Bell? 1. Patriots.
  • Adam Schein ( NFL teams with early reason to panic. 5. New England Patriots.
  • Timothy Rapp (Bleacher Report) Richard Sherman, Cameron Jordan rip NFL rule after William Hayes’ injury.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) William Hayes tore ACL trying to avoid roughing penalty.
  • Michael McCann (SI) how would Colin Kaepernick signing with an NFL team affect his collusion grievance?