Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots had their seven-game winning streak snapped in the most irritating way possible against the Indianapolis Colts. After going down 20-0 and mounting a half-hearted comeback, the Patriots fell to 9-5 and lost their grip on the top seed in the conference.
The Patriots’ formula for success was completely turned upside down in this game. They fell behind early because their defense was unable to stop Jonathan Taylor, and Mac Jones was unable to take care of the ball. Those two interceptions proved to be extremely costly.
Belichick was his usual curt self in his postgame media availability, apparently unwilling to answer questions after a crushing defeat. But he appeared to be in a warm, apologetic mood this holiday season, as he admitted fault for his actions on Saturday night.
Belichick apologized for being so short with reporters, blaming it on the fact he just lost a very frustrating game. He claimed both the players and coaches failed to execute, and that lack of sharpness is what ultimately forced him to be so combative in the immediate aftermath.
Bill Belichick apologized for his behavior after the Patriots’ loss.
That game was ugly for the Patriots. On top of the fact that Kyle Dugger was ejected from the game after he and Michael Pittman Jr. got into a fight, New England had no answers for Taylor and a Colts team that wasn’t even trying to throw the ball for most of the night.
Taylor ran the ball 29 times for 170 yards while putting the game on ice with a long touchdown run in the fourth quarter. While he’s done that to a number of teams this season, the fact that New England couldn’t stop a one-dimensional game plan and may have to face the Colts again in the postseason is a concerning thought.
Belichick has been known to have a prickly demeanor for a very long time, and apologies out of him are exceedingly rare. Still, it’s nice to see him take some time to remind the beat writers that he’s more mad at the situation than anything they did to him specifically.
Having said that, Belichick’s loss to Frank Reich and the Colts exposed that this team may have issues if they have to play from behind and win games on the strength of Jones’ arm. If he clears those issues up and beats the Colts in a future matchup, he might start off that postgame presser in a better mood.