Bill Belichick looking for 'a better job of [execution] for 60 minutes'

Mike Petraglia
September 21, 2015 - 12:38 pm

[caption id="attachment_82268" align="alignright" width="350"]Bill Belichick is looking for more consistency. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)Bill Belichick is looking for more consistency. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)[/caption] FOXBORO -- A day after surviving the Bills in Western New York, Bill Belichick watched the film and came to the conclusion that he needs to see more consistency out of his team. Like 2014, the Patriots had moments Sunday where they looked unbeatable (21-0 run after spotting the Bills a 7-0 lead) and stretches where they looked highly vulnerable (Buffalo's 19-0 charge in the fourth quarter that made it a game). The Patriots are 2-0 but looking for consistency as they welcome the 1-1 Jacksonville Jaguars to town this week. Still, Belichick said Monday in a conference call that he still finds it difficult at this point of the season to pinpoint a reason for the big swings, except to say that he's still working on it. "We'€™ve just got to do a better job of it for 60 minutes, that'€™s all," Belichick said. "It wasn'€™t anything that [was] just one guy or one play or one formation or whatever. It was just, at times it was good and at times it wasn'€™t. I'€™d have a hard time giving you an explanation for why this one was good and why that one wasn'€™t other than our overall execution and awareness on that particular play. They look similar, but they were different, and we need to make them all more consistent." One big area of improvement he'd like to see is containing the quarterback when a designed play breaks down, as it did several times with Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the fourth quarter. "When he got out of the pocket, it didn'€™t grade out very well at all," Belichick noted. "We didn'€™t do a good job. I'€™m not even talking about the designed plays where there are bootlegs and things like that. The plays where he dropped back and we kept him in the pocket, we did a lot better than when he got out, whether it was him running or him extending the play and then throwing the ball to somebody that we either didn'€™t cover or dropped our coverage on or didn'€™t match up properly or whatever." Belichick made a key adjustment after the first drive of the game when he subbed in Jabaal Sheard for Rob Ninkovich early in downs. Ninkovich was burned on the first scoring drive of the game when Taylor got outside and ran outside the right tackle for 23 yards. Ninkovich, who had a similar problem against the Steelers in the opener setting the edge on the run, spent most of the rest of the game coming in on passing downs, limiting his exposure to the run. "That'€™s the responsibility of the rushers to not let those plays get extended, and it'€™s the responsibility of the players in coverage to finish the play. There is no time limit on those, and we knew that was going to be a part of the game. Some of it we handled well '€“ we had turnovers and we hit the quarterback. Some if it we didn'€™t handle well and they made plays. It was a little bit of both." The game plan could change again this weekend with more of a traditional pocket passer coming to Gillette Stadium in Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles. DraftKings DraftKings has your shot to play for FREE in the $1 Million Fantasy Football Contest THIS SUNDAY! First place takes home $100,000! FOR FREE ENTRY, CLICK HERE.