FOXBORO — Patriots extensive receiver Kendrick Bourne expressed frustration about his offense’s efficiency and route after a 24-10 loss to Buffalo on Thursday evening.
Standing at his locker, Bourne stated the Patriots may “scheme up better” on third down and may extra urgency than they did in opposition to the Bills. He believes the Patriots ought to have been extra aggressive Thursday after trailing 17-7 to a popular Buffalo workforce at halftime. Bourne stated gamers should make higher and harder performs if the offense goes to proceed with its present route.
Asked if he’s obtained the teaching he wants, Bourne stated: ”
Under head coach Bill Belichick and offensive play-caller Matt Patricia, the Patriots offense entered Thursday ranked 18th in scoring, seventeenth in yards per play and twenty fifth by Football Outsiders’ opponent-and-situation-adjusted metric DVOA. Last yr, the Pats completed seventh in scoring and ninth by DVOA.
In June, Belichick stated the system had been “streamlined” after he introduced in Patricia and new quarterbacks coach Joe Judge to assist lead the offense. Prior to this season, Patricia and Judge had spent most of their careers teaching protection and particular groups, respectively.
After Thursday’s loss, Bourne coated a number of subjects with reporters throughout a Q&A that lasted near 10 minutes. Below is an abbreviated transcript of his feedback relating to the offense.
Q: Does it make you involved going ahead that the hole (with Buffalo) is absolutely large? That they’re doing one thing —
Bourne: “Honestly, compared to last year, they’re a different team. No Von Miller, we gotta take advantage of that. No Micah Hyde, things like that — we’ve just got take advantage of those things. They’re playing a different scheme, they’re more soft in what they’re doing, so they’re more conservative. We’ve gotta take advantage and not just have 5-yard throws and (inaudible). We need to be able be able to attack and put pressure on the defense.”
Q: Do you are feeling such as you performed to not lose, versus taking part in to win?
Bourne: “Yeah, yeah, yeah, we can attack more, I think. I mean, it’s not my job, so it’s really just me playing the play that’s called. And for all of us, that’s players and coaches, that’s how it works. And for players, we’ve just gotta make the better plays. We’ve just gotta make the tougher plays, if that’s how it’s going to be. So it’s more about looking at yourself and (asking) ‘what can I do better?’ But just a whole group thing, it has to balance all together.”
Q: Do you guys need to do one thing drastically completely different on third down, Kendrick? I believe it was 3-for-10 final week, 3-for-12 this week.
Bourne: “Um, yeah, man, we need to scheme up better. We need to know what they’re doing. We need to know what they wanna do on third down, you know what I mean? It’s kind of sporadic. They call this, and we call that, and it falls right into what they want. You know what I mean? We need to have it where they’re falling into what we want, things like that. So that’s not my job, my job is to just run the call, but as we all can see, they had what — 30 first downs and we had eight? So something they were doing against us is working and something we’re doing against them wasn’t working, so it’s just about figuring it out each week. We’ve still got life, but we need to hurry ”
Q: On the ultimate drive, if you guys have been down 17 and took over 5 minutes to get down the sphere, was that irritating in any respect that there wasn’t extra urgency to get down the sphere sooner?
Bourne: “Yeah, yeah, yeah that’s funny that we were able to move it (on the) last drive. I was just saying we needed to do that the whole time, I don’t know. Yeah, that’s frustrating. We need to be urgent all the time, yeah, for sure. Especially after the half, I think we should’ve been more attacking, things like that. But I’ve just gotta play.”
Q: Given how a lot you probably did transfer the ball final week, did that make this week that rather more irritating?
Bourne: “Yeah, we did really well last week. So sometimes we do well, sometimes we’re stagnant, so I think that was their game plan: keeping the ball and controlling the ball. Just off the film last week, we played really well lats week, had the ball downfield, Mac had time, and so I think that was their plan was to run certain things to get us off the field, and then run the ball. I mean, them getting a lot of first downs, anybody would struggle. Time of possession is key in this league, so yeah, it’s frustrating.”
Q: Do you are feeling such as you guys are getting the teaching you want offensively?
Bourne: “Yeah, like I said, I think it’s more players and balance. Coaches can only do so much, so we’ve gotta make the plays, we’ve gotta get open, we’ve gotta get Mac time. It’s a whole balance, not just coaches. It’s everyone. It’s like, it’s just frustrating, bro. It makes you — as players, we all want to contribute. We all want to make plays, we all want to do good, but it’s just hard when there’s no rhythm or nothing like that.”