Bill Belichick on OMF expresses concern with Patriots run defense

Ryan Hannable
December 10, 2018 - 8:13 pm

The Patriots' run defense is starting to become a problem and it was especially an issue in Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Dolphins.

New England allowed a season-high 189 yards on the ground, which amounted to exactly nine yards a carry. After holding opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in Weeks 4-6, the defense has allowed well over 100 yards four times since.

Sunday in South Florida, it was big plays. Miami had three rushing plays of 16 yards or more, including Brandon Bolden's 54-yard touchdown.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Monday, Bill Belichick made it clear this is an area that needs to be cleaned up.

“A lot of the runs were big play runs, so that was really the issue," he said. "They hit some big play runs and we have to eliminate those. It’s one thing to give up four, five, eight yards, but if you start giving up 50-yarders, that is a serious problem. We have to get that fixed.”

Belichick added: “It wasn’t good yesterday. It was five drives, not three. When you give up big plays, that negates third down. That’s two weeks in a row. I think you saw it last week. That’s two weeks in a row where we haven’t defended the run very well. We didn’t run the ball well yesterday, so I would say that was a big issue in the game. It wasn’t just one big play, it was 30-something runs on our side and however many it was for them.”

Overall, the Patriots run defense is 15th in the league, but will catch a break this week as the Steelers are ranked 29th in the league in rushing.

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