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Willie McGinest on OMF explains why he's not panicking following Patriots' Week 1 loss

Ryan Hannable
September 12, 2017 - 12:03 pm

Former Patriots defensive end current NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday to discuss the Week 1 loss to the Chiefs and look ahead to the rest of the season. To hear the complete interview, visit the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.

Even though the Patriots were blown out 42-27 last Thursday, McGinest isn't even close to panicking.

"It's the first game of the season, I am not going to panic," he said. "I watched all the games throughout the entire weekend, including [Monday] night. It's Week 1. Teams will make adjustments. Teams will get better and things will start to happen. The teams that got off to a good start, kudos to them, you're 1-0. You have 15 more games to go."

McGinest said the loss of Julian Edelman is big, but shouldn't be used as an excuse for what happened against the Chiefs.

"The loss of Edelman is a huge blow because he's so talented and he plays so many different positions at the receiver position. They do so much with him," he said. "But, I am not going to sit here and make an excuse for the Patriots offense. They didn't play the way they are supposed to play because Edelman wasn't out there. They had a lot of talented players that were out there -- [Danny] Amendola has proven he's a talented guy, you have [Brandin] Cooks, you have Dwayne Allen, you have Gronk, you have a slew of running backs in the backfield. The Patriots have won games with less. I am not going to sit here and make excuses and say Edelman is the reason why the offense performed the way it did. Does it hurt not having one of the best players on your team? Of course it does, but they didn't execute. There were errors and mistakes all over the place."

When it comes to the defense, McGinest believes it's a matter of the whole defense stepping up and playing their roles.

"They just have to make adjustments, guys have to play better," he said. "I believe in that next man up -- everybody has to be prepared and ready to step in and play and figure out what to do. There can't be a huge drop off of what we saw in that game. ... When the Patriots go after players, they go after players with the skill set and the understanding that these guys can play a role if they need to step in. You have to have backups and you have to have starters. When you get your opportunity, you have to take advantage of it."

Willie McGinest on OMF: Only the first game, I'm not panicking 9-12-17

Former Patriots LB and NFL analyst Willie McGinest joins us for his weekly spot with the guys as we recap the Patriots Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.

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