The New England Patriots escaped with a 17-16 win against the New York Jets on Sunday, but coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were not happy with how the team played on offense.
"We just didn't execute very well in any part of the [offensive] game," Belichick said during a conference call with reporters Monday. "All of the players and all of the coaches were involved. We just didn't execute very well. We had multiple mistakes everywhere. You could point to any spot and find some [mistakes] because they were everywhere.
"We didn't execute the passing game very well, the running game, blocking, passing, catching. None of it was very good."
The Patriots were without wide receiver Julian Edelman, running back LeGarrette Blount and starting left guard Dan Connolly. Reserve offensive lineman Josh Kline started in place of Connolly, but was benched at halftime. Quarterback Tom Brady was under pressure throughout most of the game and the offensive line gave up four sacks in the first half.
"Fifty yards of offense in the first half, that's not going to win many games," Belichick said. "We were lucky to even be in the game."
McDaniels shared the blame for the offense's woes.
"We didn't have our best [game] total on offense," McDaniels said. "I don't think anybody played or executed or coached particularly well, starting with me.
Belichick gave credit to the Jets for playing a tough game.
"I didn't think it was our best game by any stretch," Belichick said. "I won't take anything away from the Jets. But, we have and will need to play a lot better than we played yesterday.
"I don't want to take anything away from them. They came out there. They competed well," Belichick said. "In the end we kind of made the plays we needed to make in the fourth quarter to win. But, I didn't think we played particularly well, particularly on offense."
The Patriots have another AFC East divisional matchup to close out the season against the Buffalo Bills, who have one of the NFL's top defenses.
"Every team is tough in the National Football League," Belichick said. "You can just look at the score in yesterday's game and any game in the NFL on any weekend. We don't play Division I football and have a bunch of Division III teams on the schedule. They don't exist. Every week is tough."