New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick criticized his team's performance against the New York Jets.
The Patriots won the game 17-16 and were helped by a missed 52-yard field goal by Nick Folk, which would have given the Jets a lead with five minutes remaining. It was the fewest points New England had scored since a Sept. 29 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
"I think we had a lot of communication-execution issues on offense," Belichick said. "We just didn’t execute well, in any part of the game. All the players were involved, all the coaches were involved — we just didn’t execute very well. We had mistakes everywhere, multiple mistakes everywhere, so you can point to any spot and find some, because they were everywhere."
"A lot of times good things would happen on the play, but one part of the play was poorly executed, and we didn’t have much to show for it. We didn’t execute in the passing game very well, we didn’t execute in the running game very well, blocking, passing, catching — none of it was really very good.”
The Patriots had just 50 yards of offense in the first half, which Belichick said is "not going to win many games."
It was the second time this season that the Jets played New England close. The Patriots went 2-0 against New York, but won both by a combined three points.
"I don’t want to take anything away from them — they came out there, they competed well, in the end we made the plays we needed to make to win. They didn’t," said Belichick. "But I didn’t think we played particularly well, particularly on offense, until we made a few plays in the fourth quarter."
The Patriots moved to 12-3 with the win, while the Jets dropped to 3-12.
New England hosts the Buffalo Bills in its regular-season finale on Sunday.
- Molly Geary