FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The sting had not subsided for New England Patriots players one day after the team’s season-opening 42-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but linebacker Kyle Van Noy believes it could be the springboard to a turnaround.
“I take my one day to be mad about a loss. I’m not very happy with how I played. I’m not happy about how the defense played. Or as the team,” Van Noy said late Friday after players met with coaches to review the game.
“We’re better than what we put," he said. "I think it will show the next time we play. We’re going to come together, this is going to bring us closer, and we’ll be good to go.”
Van Noy, who recently finalized a two-year contract extension with the team through 2019, played all 69 defensive snaps in the opener. Asked how he would describe Friday’s review of the game with coaches, he said, “Not fun, but good coaching points, and I think we can all learn from it. There’s not one person in the defensive meeting room that thought they played well. Everyone holds themselves to a high standard here, and it will get done.”
The Patriots surrendered 537 total yards in the game, which were the most ever in coach Bill Belichick’s tenure with the team (2000-present).
Meanwhile, on offense, the inability to convert two fourth-and-1 running plays and one third-and-1 running play, was a disappointment.
“I don’t know if we were urgent enough at times, a sense of urgency,” said center David Andrews, one of the team’s captains. “We lacked some mental toughness there to kind of finish the game in the fourth quarter. We didn’t really do much on offense in the fourth quarter, and we have to be better than that.”
The Patriots were outscored 21-0 in the final frame, as Andrews’ remarks echoed what quarterback Tom Brady had said after the game when he referenced how a turnaround starts with attitude and competitiveness.
Van Noy believes the Patriots have what it takes to make that turnaround.
“It’s just no fun to lose, but this team is built with winners, and we’re going to bounce back,” he said, before being asked if it’s as easy for the team to put losses behind it as it is victories. “We can either stay and hold on to this or move forward, and I think we should, with 15 games left, we ought to keep pushing. On to the Saints.”