The New England Patriots put together a decent performance in the first half at Miami to get out to 20-10 lead, but the second half was a different story as the Patriots allowed 23 unanswered points in dropping their season opener to the Miami Dolphins. Quarterback Tom Brady knows he and his teammates now have their work cut out for them.
“You can’t go out there and play the way we played today and think you will win a game this season,” Brady said in his postgame news conference. “There is nothing positive to really take from the things that we were doing.
“It was a good example of if you do the things that we did today, you will get beat. We played a good football team at home. I would say we had a decent first half, but you have to put 60 minutes together if you are going to beat them.”
One of the biggest areas of concern in the loss was the offensive line, which struggled to block against intense pressure from Miami’s defensive front.
“Those guys were working their tails off up front,” Brady said of the offensive line. “We have to do better in all areas. I have to do a better job. That’s where I will focus this week.”
Coach Bill Belichick said earlier this week that the team planned to use a rotation on the offensive line. The Patriots utilized different combinations on the offensive line and experimented with different players on the defense but failed to find a rhythm in the second half.
Belichick said the weather was not the only factor in his game plan of using rotations on both sides of the ball.
“We played just about everybody in this game,” Belichick said. “That was the plan. That’s what we did. There’s a lot of things that go into a game plan.
“I think we played just about everybody in the game at all positions. I don’t know how else to put it.”
The lone positive for Brady was having tight end Rob Gronkowski on the field despite Gronkowski playing a limited number of snaps.
“Truthfully, I don’t think we were jelling anywhere today,” Brady said. “There weren’t many positives from the quarterback position, the receiver position, the tight end position, the running back position. None of us can play like that and expect to win. ... Take the coaching, understand what we need to do better and then execute next week.”
Belichick offered a shortened version of Brady’s comments.
“We need to do a better job than we did today,” Belichick said. “That’s the bottom line. It’s as simple as that.”