Blowout loss to Bills shows Patriots must make coaching changes
By Mike Luciano
The New England Patriots haven’t had many dark days over the last few decades, but Saturday’s loss against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills is firmly at or near the top of the list. After coming into the game with one of the league’s best defenses, Bill Belichick’s unit look like one of Allen’s old Mountain West opponents at Wyoming.
After riding a ground-and-pound approach to an upset win on Monday Night Football in Buffalo, the Patriots looked like a team that didn’t even belong in the same league. From the first drive of the game, the Bills were in complete control.
While the offense was horrendous, as Mac Jones threw two interceptions and saw numerous big plays thwarted by some uncharacteristic drops, even the most classic Tom Brady performance would’ve fallen short in this game due to the lack of any defensive playmaking.
Allen finished with more touchdown passes (5) than incomplete passes (4). At least they stuffed the run, right? Wrong! Devin Singletary ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries while Allen chipped in 66 yards of his own in a 47-17 drubbing.
Jerod Mayo and the rest of that coaching staff were the hottest names in town across the NFL after guiding the Patriots to the postseason with a rookie in Jones at quarterback. This may be the last game this staff coaches together, however, as it was so egregiously poor that changes need to be made in some form or fashion.
The New England Patriots need to fire some defensive coaches.
Belichick has two of his sons on this coaching staff, as Brian Belichick is in charge of the safeties and Steve Belichick works with the outside linebackers. If they had any other last names in the world, they might be out of a job on Monday morning. The Patriots didn’t even attempt to provide any resistance.
As a result of the pass rush failing to get to Allen and the secondary collectively looking like they had never defended a vertical route in their life, Belichick needs to show the roster that he is not just giving his coaches extra leniency because they are his sons.
Reassign them to a different role in the organization and get some new blood in here, because what happened against Buffalo was completely unacceptable.
The 47 points surrendered were the most in a single game by a Belichick-coached Patriots team, topping that 2017 opening night disaster against Kansas City. Buffalo became the first team in NFL history to go an entire game without kicking a field goal, punting, or turning the ball over.
The Patriots have a strong foundation to build on for 2022, but tonight showed that this coaching staff needs a major shot in the arm to truly sustain their success next year.