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Bill Belichick tells OMF Patriots' lack of execution 'really concerns' him

Alex Reimer
September 24, 2018 - 4:28 pm

To the surprise of nobody, Bill Belichick didn’t get into specifics in his weekly interview with OMF about the Patriots’ 26-10 loss to the Lions Sunday night. He did, however, insist the effort level is there. It’s the execution that needs work. 

“It’s the execution that really concerns me. We’re trying hard, just not getting enough done,” Belichick said Monday. “I think you can tell when your team is ready to play. But you’re playing against another team, too, so sometimes that has something to do with them. But in the end, we’ve just got to do a better job of what we’re doing, and we haven’t do that the last couple of weeks well at all. It’s been across the board. I think it’s as much a question of trying and effort as it is execution and basic fundamentals. We’re coming up short and just have to do a better job of playing.”

When asked about specific game decisions –– such as Sony Michel's heavy usage or James White’s apparent lack of usage, which Brady acknowledged postgame –– Belichick demurred as well. Instead, he stressed the importance of the entire process.

“I think your team evolves every year,” Belichick said. “The more you know about it, the better you can coach it. But look, every team is going through the same thing. We’re doing the best we can with it, and hopefully we can better. We’re not anywhere near where we want to be. But nobody is going to solve that but us. We’ve got to work and figure it out.”

Though Belichick did acknowledge Josh Gordon’s existence this week, he predictably didn't have much to say about the wideout, who was inactive Sunday after joining the team midweek.

“I think it’s a little too early to put out any big evaluations at this point,” Belichick said. “As you know, a lot of performance is based on confidence, knowing what you’re doing, and being familiar, and not thinking too much and trying to play at confident game speed. We’ll see how all of that comes together.”

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