Bill Belichick: 'Tough to watch'

TAMPA – Patriots coach Bill Belichick was breathing fire in his postgame news conference following the Patriots’ 30-28 loss to the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, a game in which New England was outplayed for most of the night.

“I think it was pretty obvious tonight that we got a lot of work to do,” Belichick said in his opening remarks. “We have a long way to go. We really didn’t perform to the level that we need to, in any area. When you can’t score offensively, and give up a lot of points on defense, and don’t make any plays in the kicking game, then you don’t really have a good chance to win and that’s pretty much the way it was tonight.

“We’re nowhere close to where we need to be. Hopefully we can close the gap here pretty soon.”

Asked about how tough it was to watch quarterback Tom Brady absorb as many hits as he did, Belichick spared no one.

“We didn’t do anything offensively except lose yardage and turn the ball over, so yeah, it was tough to watch any of what we did offensively,” he said. “There wasn’t anything. We throw them the ball. Can’t make any yards in the running game. Third-and-long all day. Yeah, it was real hard to watch.”