Sep 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) drops back to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Comments on the Patriots defensive performance:
“We just never got anything going; nothing. Defensively, we started the game with a couple of stops in the run game. That’s the only thing we had in the whole game. We could never keep them in third and long or get a handle on the run game. It just wasn’t good enough. I give credit to them (the Chiefs). They didn’t do anything we didn’t expect them to do. They just executed. They executed perfectly. We were always out of the game it seemed. We knew they feel comfortable playing from ahead. We knew it was going to be tough. We took one on the chin. They beat us like we stole something. It’s pretty bad, but we have to correct mistakes and move forward. This is a short week. We will watch the film and hopefully we never have this feeling again because it sucks to have this feeling. We knew it was going to be a tough game. They basically destroyed us.”
Comments on the Patriots defensive performance so far this year:
“We still have a lot of football, but we have to start now. There are some things we have to correct now. We need to get more confidence and more consistency going forward. You have to go from there. Each week there is going to be something different. Am I worried? I am always worried when we put out a performance like we did tonight. That is not us. We will watch the film, make corrections and move forward. Like I said we are on a short week this week. We have another football team we are facing at home. We don’t have time to hold our heads down, be sad or let this carry over to this week.”
Is this the way you imagined getting your first NFL playing time?
“No, not really, but it’s one of those situations where you have to be ready at all times.”
When did you know you were going into the game?
“Coach told me on the sideline to get ready. I am a relief pitcher, pretty much so that is my job.”
What were your thoughts when you went into the game?
“Go out there and string plays together. That is all you can do at that point.”
Were there any positives you can take away from this game?
“The first time there are a bunch of learning experiences. It is good experience, in general, to get this out of the way. We will go back and watch the tape. I am sure there are tons to learn from it.”
Was this the worst loss you have been a part of?
“Definitely but at the same time you have to approach it with the attitude that this is happening now, it’s early and it’s something we can fix. Obviously, we will have to watch the film. We’ll go back to the drawing board and try to get it fixed.”
This team has had some difficulty stopping the run. How do you get it fixed?
“The game before we had a pretty good game. This is just one of those outings where they did a lot of different things and we could not tackle the guy with the football. Let’s not over complicate it. At the end of the day, that’s what you have to do.”
With two good performances and two bad performances, does this team know who it is yet?
“I don’t think so. It’s early in the season. It is all about consistency. Right now we are not consistent at any stage on the defensive side of the ball. We have to put together multiple games. That’s is what it’s all about, getting hot. It’s not just one person or one side. It’s all of us.”