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New England Patriots links 10/18/23 - Coaches take brunt of blame, QB not put in position to succeed

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New England Patriots v Las Vegas Raiders
Bill O’Brien
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We’ve now entered the “Assumption of blame” stage of New England’s rapidly deteriorating season. Correctly, the Patriots coaching staff took that mantle on their own shoulders. Bill Belichick started it off on Monday, “That’s the coach’s job, to put the players in a position where they have a chance to win and we’ll do all we can do to that.”

Speaking with the media yesterday, offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien pointed out how the coaches are as responsible for fixing the issues as players are. “It’s not good to start the game with two penalties. It’s ridiculous. That falls on me. That falls on them. I know I say every week, we’re in it together.”

And CB coach Mike Pellegrino also took any cornerback mistakes on his shoulders: “Whether it’s review, in the game plan or just preparation throughout the week. Those are usually, most of the time, 100 percent on me.”

Now that we have that all sorted, it’s also the coaches’ job to fix it. Let’s see a Week 7 game with fewer penalties, an improved game plan and hopefully an overall tighter ship this week as the team starts its prep for the Buffalo Bills.


  • Transaction: Patriots sign OL Conor McDermott to the practice squad.
  • Paul Perillo’s NFL Notes: Belichick still searching for answers: Patriots are struggling to find some options at QB.
  • Evan Lazar tackles this week’s Unfiltered Mailbag: Assessing Pats options with the trade deadline on the horizon.
  • Evan Lazar highlights Bill O’Brien’s message to the offense before Tuesday’s practice and discussed Malik Cunningham’s role moving forward.
  • Patriots host a series of fan activations in Germany prior to November 12 game vs. the Colts.
  • Press Conferences: Bill O’Brien - Tyquan Thornton.
  • Tales from the Tailgate: Comedian Jonathon Gates has his tailgate visited by Patriots Hall of Fame nominee Logan Mankins. (5 min. video) /I like this guy.
  • Patriots Unfiltered: Tuesday practice update, Takeaways from the loss to the Raiders, Positives to build off of. (2 hrs)


  • Nick O’Malley catches up with Tyquan Thornton, one of the Patriots’ fastest — but leanest — receivers, who says that he used his injury time off to hit the weights and focus on getting stronger.
  • Alex Barth reports the Patriots got three players at three key positions back at practice on Tuesday.
  • Mac Cerullo reports Demario Douglas and Jack Jones both returned to the practice field yesterday, but the Patriots are still missing a lot of key players.
  • Taylor KylesFilm Room: Patriots offense shows signs of life in dismal defeat. Things are looking bleak after dropping to 1-5, but the offense showed signs of life in an imperfect performance.
  • Andrew Callahan gives us his Patriots-Raiders film review: Mac Jones’ offense proving beyond repair despite improvement.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some stone-cold leftover Patriots thoughts: It’s so much worse than expected.
  • Jerry Thornton gives us his knee-jerk reactions to Week 6: Patriots vs. Raiders. We’ve entered a whole new phase of torment in this long, regional nightmare we’re being forced to endure.
  • Andy Hart gives us his latest Pats Stats Check-In: Success in the red zone! ‘New England is one of the worst teams in the NFL by almost any and every measure. But one area where Bill Belichick’s team does rank highly is in terms of red zone success on both sides of the ball.’
  • Matt Geagan considers where would the Patriots’ offense be without Kendrick Bourne.
  • Phil Perry thinks the the Patriots’ handling of the QB position this season has been messy, with Malik Cunningham’s nebulous role as a prime example.
  • Tom E. Curran says Mac Jones doesn’t deserve being “put in a position to fail” by Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
  • Matt Geagan checks in on when we can realistically expect the Patriots to win another game.
  • Matt Dolloff believes the Patriots owe it to themselves to sell off whoever they’re not signing.
  • 98.5 The Sports Hub guest Mike Reiss weighs in on the Patriots approach at the upcoming NFL trade deadline and if they could be sellers.
  • Nick O’Malley finds the Pats’ coaches publicly taking the blame for the team floundering at 1-5.
  • Karen Guregian notes Dante Scarnecchia’s Hall of Fame ceremony is Saturday, and speaking with one of his former players, it’s obvious how much he meant to the success of the Patriots.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Belichick the GM has Belichick the coach in tough shape, and it may not end well.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph break down Mac Jones performance, DeVante Parker’s drop and the defense stepping up in the face of injury. (47 min.)
  • Pats Procrastination podcast: Clazzy Clare and Chudders percolate over Sunday’s loss to the Raiders. (35 min.)



  • Matt Johnson (SportsNaut) Tom Brady’s deal to buy Las Vegas Raiders ownership stake “needs a lot of work,” NFL owners not happy over deal.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Aaron Rodgers, Caleb Williams were among the players jostling for equity. ‘Per multiple sources, the representatives of USC quarterback Caleb Williams had been making it known to prospective agents that Williams wants partial ownership of the team that selects him in 2024, if he declares for the draft.’ /Wut?