A few leftovers from Bill Belichick's conference call with reporters on Monday morning:
1. Why Rivera started over Spikes. One of the surprises in the first quarter was Mike Rivera starting at middle linebacker over Brandon Spikes. Rivera played the first five snaps on defense, before Spikes replaced him for the rest of the game. "Brandon was a little limited in practice this week [with injury] so we wanted to see how it went with him before we made the determination as to how much we would put him in there," Belichick explained.
2. Chung ready to re-emerge? In the second half, Patrick Chung replaced Steve Gregory at safety in the base defense and had his most extensive playing time in that package since returning from a shoulder injury Nov. 22. "Patrick has come back, I think he’s a good player for us," Belichick said, before also praising Gregory and safety Devin McCourty. "I think those guys are all good players and we give them an opportunity to play." Chung, a former starter, has mostly been the odd-man out since returning from injury but he could be playing his way into more time.
3. Not winning football. Belichick opened the call by sharing his disappointment about the way the Patriots played. "After watching the film, I don’t feel much differently than I did last night," he said. "We just didn’t do anything very well or certainly well enough with any kind of consistency. There were times when we had our moments but not enough of them, not consistently enough. We just didn’t coach well enough, didn’t play well enough, didn’t execute well enough; too many things we had to overcome in every area. It wasn’t anything that stood out above the rest; it was just too many problems. We all can do a better job than that; it’s just not winning football."