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Josh McDaniels takes blame for Patriots' struggles: 'I haven’t done a good enough job'

Ryan Hannable
September 24, 2018 - 3:24 pm

It's been a tough few weeks for the Patriots offense.

For the first time since the end of 2015, the Patriots have scored 20 points or less in back-to-back games. Against the Lions Sunday night, the Patriots continued their trend of getting off to slow starts with three consecutive three-and-outs. Tom Brady also had the fewest passing yards he's had in a game since 2013 when he had 116 yards in a 27-17 win over the Dolphins.

Speaking on a conference call Monday, McDaniels seemed to place the blame on himself.

"I haven’t done a good enough job the last two weeks of putting us in the right positions to be successful, and I need to get better at that," McDaniels said. "I need to do a better job of helping them do that and we need to play better."

Another issue has been third-and-short plays, as the team has struggled in that regard -- especially the offensive line getting blown off the ball.

"We try to come up with the right things each week, in each situation – you know, practice them and then hopefully execute them properly in the game," McDaniels said. "We felt like those gave us an opportunity to do that, and certainly Detroit did a better job of executing and defending us on those plays than we did. So, again, I take responsibility for all those things, and they didn’t work out so we have to do a better job of finding a way to make those short yardage conversions moving forward."

McDaniels and the Patriots offense will get a chance to rebound next Sunday at home against Miami, but it won't be easy as the Dolphins are currently 3-0 on the year.

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