Post-Mortem Monday

Mike Petraglia
September 22, 2008 - 6:04 am

As for the Patriots... Richard Seymour suggested throwing the tape into the river. We assume he's talking Charles. Rodney Harrison says there something to be gained out of every game, win or lose. And Bill Belichick said on Monday the Patriots players and coaches need to look at the film and then 'put it to rest.' Whichever simile or analogy you prefer, Monday was a day to look back on the most stunning home loss of the Bill Belichick era in Foxboro. The only one that truly rivals it for margin of defeat was the 41-17 beat down handed out to the two-time Super Bowl champs by LaDainain Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers in Oct. 2005. Belichick said we have to be better. One of the lingering questions is how Miami quarterbacks coach David Lee, along with offensive coordinator Dan Henning, could make the University of Arkansas offense so effective on Sunday with Ronnie Brown playing the role of Darren McFadden. "We worked against it last week," Belichick said Monday. "It's the formation the Jets used last week with Leon Washington. He's thrown out of it, run out of it. We work on it every week." Could it come up again? "I think we better be ready to defend it," Belichick added. "It's up to other teams. When you're on defense all you can do is react to what the offense does. You don't control the ball, you don't control their plays, you don't control their personnel. You don't really control anything. You have to adjust to what they give you. If they give you three backs in the backfield, no backs in the backfield, 9-foot line splits, quarterback goes in motion, whatever they do, that's what you're on defense for so I can't tell you what the other offenses are going to do. You'll have to ask them that." Hardly anyone is talking about Chad Pennington. He was 17-for-20 for 226 yards. "He's played good before. He played well, no doubt about it," Belichick said.