Bill Belichick on Trent Brown, ‘negative plays’ from Patriots offense


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“Penalties and negative plays, we have to do a better job of eliminating them.”

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Bill Belichick and Mac Jones during the Patriots’ victory over the Jets. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The Patriots scored a 10-3 win over the Jets on Sunday thanks to Marcus Jones’ last-second punt return for a touchdown. New England is now 6-4 heading into Thursday’s Thanksgiving matchup against the Vikings.

Tonight the Bruins are in Florida to play the Panthers at 7 p.m.

On the other hand, the Celtics play against the Bulls in Chicago at 8:00 p.m.

Bill Belichick’s thoughts one day after the Patriots win: In the end, the Patriots emerged with a vital win against the Jets in Sunday’s AFC East matchup.

Still, it wasn’t a performance to be remembered for the New England offense. Quarterback Mac Jones was sacked six times by New York’s pass rush as the Patriots struggled to put together consistent drives.

Bill Belichick shared his thoughts on offense during his weekly interview with “The Greg Hill Show” at WEEI.

“Overall, I thought we had decent production in the passing game when we were able to shoot the ball,” Belichick said Monday morning, “but we had too many plays where we were under pressure and then there were too many plays where we were on the ball. long yard situations. So even though we complete [passes], he really did not have a chance to stay in the field. Penalties and negative plays, we have to do a better job of eliminating them.”

One of the game’s subplots was the offensive line. Above injuries to David Andrews and Isaiah Wynn, New England also faced the mysterious dugout of left tackle Trent Brown.

called to “training decision” by Belichick after the game, Brown was not included in the starting lineup. When he entered the game after Wynn’s injury, Brown allowed a pair of sacks in a forgettable performance.

When exactly did Belichick make his “coaching decision” regarding Brown?

“It doesn’t really matter,” he replied when asked during the interview.

As for Andrews, who allegedly is facing a season-ending thigh injuryBelichick said the team isn’t sure yet.

“Well, we’ll have to see how it goes. The players have not entered yet. They’ll be in later this morning, so we’ll see how things are at that point,” Belichick said of Andrews’ assessment.

Regarding the team’s plays, a topic that has been a focus since the offseason, Belichick said the team has identified problem areas but just hasn’t been able to apply that in a positive way yet.

“We just have to do a better job of the things that we’re doing and we’ve identified what they are,” Belichick said. “We just have to do a better job of making them. But yeah, always trying to look to improve however we can, and we’ll continue to do that as we go along.”

Trivia: Marcus Jones’ touchdown punt return was the first in the last minute of a tied game in the NFL since 2010. Who was the last player to do it?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He currently plays for the Ravens.

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The back cover of the New York Post after the confrontation on Sunday:

And here is the back cover of the New York Daily News:

In this day: In 1976, the Patriots defeated the Jets 38-24 thanks to 10 New York turnovers. Joe Namath, facing New England for what would turn out to be the last time of his career, threw five interceptions (also losing a fumble). Jets coach Lou Holtz summed up the team’s dismal performance with him.

“We beat each other today”, Holtz said later“as decisively as I have never seen any team beat itself.”

For the Patriots, Steve Grogan threw three touchdown passes and running back Don Calhoun rushed for 109 yards. Future Hall of Fame cornerback Mike Haynes had three interceptions, and strong safety Prentice McCray scored two touchdowns on his own interception returns.

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daily featured: Another look at Jones’ electric game-winner from Sunday.

Trivia Answer: DeSean Jackson

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