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Bill Belichick on D&H: Patriots ‘need to do everything better’

09.08.14 at 5:55 pm ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley on Monday to discuss Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley on demand page.

New England’s loss came in part due to poor play in the second half, as the Patriots were outscored 23-0 in the latter part of the game. Belichick said the team was able to look at the loss more in depth Monday.

“I saw [the game] in a lot more detail,” he said. “I had a real good chance to look to every play real closely, watch every player and watch what Miami’s doing and how it matched up. It’s a lot better looking at it than it is on the sideline.

“There were some good things, there were some positive things, there were obviously a lot things we need to work on. It’s a combination of that, it’s what it usually is. We had some opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of them. We need to coach better, we play better, need to do everything better. All three phases of the game.”

Despite being down late in the game, Belichick said he felt the Patriots had a chance to make a late comeback and win the game.

“I felt like the whole fourth quarter we had good opportunities there,” the coach added. “We had a couple of big defensive series where we forced three-and-outs, we had the ball in good field position, we had a penalty on offensive pass interference that kind knocked us out of scoring range. We punted back to them inside the 20-yard line. We had a roughing the passer penalty. Then they converted three third downs, the last one being third-and-goal on the 4. We had a chance for a stop there.”

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Ravens release RB Ray Rice

09.08.14 at 2:32 pm ET
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In the wake of new footage that was released regarding an incident with his then-fiancee, the Ravens announced Monday they have released running back Ray Rice.

Rice was initially suspended for two games by the league earlier in the year after video footage surfaced of him dragging an unconscious Janay Palmer out of an elevator. However, the release of the latest video — which shows a physical confrontation in the elevator between the two, as well as a punch from Rice — led to Monday’s decision.

The 5-foot-9 195-pound running back has spent seven seasons in the league, all of them with the Ravens.

In the moments after the announcement, the NFL stated Rice was “suspended indefinitely” by the league. Rice and his reps have not yet issued a statement on the move. Likewise, the franchise has not made a public statement on the matter. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh is expected to address the matter at a press conference this evening.

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Julian Edelman on MFB: ‘They flat-out outplayed us’

09.08.14 at 1:43 pm ET
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Wide receiver Julian Edelman stopped by for a visit with Middays with MFB on Monday to break down Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Dolphins. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Edelman finished with six receptions for 95 yards, but he only had one catch in the second half. He also had two carries for 21 yards. He couldn’t explain the reason for the transformation after halftime, at which time the Pats led by 10.

“I don’t know.” he said. “They outplayed us in the second half, regardless of any position or of anyone. We didn’t execute. We had negative plays on first down. We were getting in third-and-long. Once you get in third-and-long with a team like that, they’ve got guys that can get after the passer. We kind of did things that we weren’t supposed to do when it came to that.

“Anytime you can have those big, old defensive ends pin their ears back and go after the quarterback, it’s tough. There’s plays where receivers didn’t get open, I didn’t get open, didn’t make a block, a throw here or there — everyone just didn’t play well in the second half. They flat-out outplayed us.”

Added Edelman: “It all comes down to three things: turnover ratio, red area and third down. I don’t even know the numbers right now, but I can tell you right now we probably weren’t good on third down. We weren’t in the red area that often. So, if you can’t do those three things ‘€¦”

On one play that stood out, with 10 minutes left and the Patriots trailing by three points and in Miami territory, Edelman was wide open downfield on a corner route on a third-and-9, but Tom Brady‘s pass went over Edelman’s head.

“Just miscommunication on both ends,” Edelman said. “It’s something we’ve done a bunch a bunch of times. It just goes to tell you that we weren’t executing to the level that we know we can. I could have taken the angle a little higher. ‘€¦ We were both in shambles there.

“We’re going to work on it this week. This is a big week for us now. I’ve never lose opening day as a Patriot. Around here we hate losing. It’s going to be a grind this week. We’ve got a big team that had a huge win last Sunday with Minnesota. We’re going to be on the road again. We’ve got to take in this film, we’ve got to watch it, we’ve got to learn from all the bad things, build off the good things that we did do — which wasn’t very many things in the second half. So, we’re going to have a whole lot of stuff to do, and go out and get ready for Minnesota.”

When the Patriots play the Vikings next Sunday they’ll be reunited with former Pats backup quarterback Matt Cassel. Edelman arrived in New England after Cassel departed, but he said the two are friends.

“I hang out with Cassel in Los Angeles. We throw every once in a while in the offseason,” Edelman said. “It will be fun to see him. But unfortunately I don’t get to play against Cass; I have to go against the defense.”

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Chandler Jones on MFB: ‘Got to get better when I get a shot at the quarterback’

09.08.14 at 1:22 pm ET
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Defensive end Chandler Jones checked in with the Middays with MFB crew on Monday to recap Sunday’s 33-20 loss to the Dolphins. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Jones twice received penalties for hitting quarterback Ryan Tannehill too high. He could be seen arguing with the official, but he said he understands why he was penalized.

“For the most part, on both of them I was a little bit high,” Jones acknowledged. “I’ve just got to get better when I get a shot at the quarterback, just lower my pad level. Because on both of them I think the problem was I was a bit high. Hopefully I can just work at it, do some tackling drills.”

While Tom Brady was sacked four times, Tannehill only went down once for a loss.

“They did a good job. Credit goes to them. They did a good job of stopping us. Me personally, my goal is to get pressure. I felt like I could have got more pressure than I did. So, it’s something that I just have to work on for next week. They’re short-lived. We went out there and lost, credit goes to Miami. But you’ve just got to get ready for Minnesota.”

Added Jones: “Miami just did a good job of executing plays. We went out there to play against those guys and they just did a good job of crossing their ‘t’s, dotting their ‘i’s. They did a great job. So, like I said, hat’s off to them.”

Running back Knowshon Moreno had a big day for the Dolphins, rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown.

“Knowshon is a great player, He has very good balance, very good vision for a running back, has been in the league for a while now. As far as the scheme that he’s running, he does a good job in the scheme. So, hat’s off to him. He had a great game. Hopefully we can contain him next time.”

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Bill Belichick: Patriots were ‘inconsistent in every area of game’ against Dolphins

09.08.14 at 11:58 am ET
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Bill Belichick and the Patriots lost their first season-opener since 2003. (Getty Images)

Bill Belichick and the Patriots lost their first season-opener since 2003. (Getty Images)

One day after their surprising 33-20 loss to the Dolphins in the season opener, Bill Belichick said his team was “inconsistent in every area of the game” in the loss to Miami.

The Patriots coach, speaking on a conference call with the media Monday morning, pointed to the early 10-point lead to indicate that it “wasn’t like it was disaster from the beginning,” but ran through a laundry list of needed improvements this week for New England, which will travel to Minnesota for a date with Vikings next week.

“We just didn’€™t do a good job all the way through — we have to get back to work,” he said. “We all have to coach and play better and play smarter and be more disciplined and just do a better job at the things that we’€™re doing.

“I don’€™t think there’€™s any magic wand. We’€™re just going to have to work at it and improve.”

The Patriots rotated heavily throughout the game, and Belichick said Monday that was by design, partial because he wanted to spread the workload in the South Florida heat.

“Our intention was to go down to Miami and really play everybody except for our backup quarterback,” he said. “We wanted to play all of our players in every position, including the kicking game, to try to use our depth and nobody really has played a full game in preseason at any position.

“Being a one o’€™clock game in Miami and all that, obviously stamina and conditioning is going to be somewhat of a factor, although I didn’€™t think it was a big factor in the game. But it’€™s still a factor in terms of managing the game.”

One of New England’s biggest drawbacks on Sunday had to do with ill-times penalties. The Patriots, who were the second-lowest penalized team in the league last year, picked up nine penalties for 100 yards against the Dolphins. It led to some of their own offensive drills stalling out an inopportune moments, and also provided an occasional assist for the Miami offense.

“Our issues in the second half were penalties, which put us in some long-yardage situations,” Belichick said. “We had good field position in the fourth quarter, with the game certainly still in balance at that point, we had an interference call, we had a run called back on a holding penalty that, again, would have created those type of first downs or moving the ball opportunities and ended up in long-yardage. We ended up with ‘€“ on a facemask penalty ‘€“ third-and-19 or whatever it was.”

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‘Pissed off’ Tom Brady shaves off beard morning after loss to Dolphins

09.08.14 at 11:10 am ET
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Tom Brady's beard is gone after Sunday's season-opening loss to the Dolphins. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Tom Brady‘s beard is gone after Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Dolphins. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The beard is no more.

It wasn’t quite the same facial presentation that members of the Red Sox displayed last year, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turned some heads with the beard he grew during training camp and carried into Sunday’s regular-season opener in Miami.

After Sunday’s 33-20 loss to the upstart Dolphins in which Brady struggled to get the offense going in the second half, the quarterback decided to make a change.

“The beard’s gone,” Brady revealed during his Monday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan. “I was really pissed off this morning.”

Brady said his kids never minded the growth, but his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, was not a fan.

“She’s very happy,” Brady said.

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Tom Brady on D&C: ‘I’ve got to get better at a lot of things’

09.08.14 at 10:05 am ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning, following Sunday’s 33-20 loss to the Dolphins, and talked about his disappointing performance that led him to shave off his much-talked-about beard. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Patriots led 20-10 at the half but could do nothing after the break as the Dolphins took control.

“We had some great rhythm there in the first half. We’ve just got to figure out a way how to carry that over to the second half,” Brady said. “We’re going to continue to try to make improvements in September and October and November and December. That’s what football is. It’s not a game of perfect. It’s about minimizing your mistakes and capitalizing on opportunities. We didn’t really capitalize on the opportunities, and we didn’t really minimize our mistakes, and that leads to losses in the NFL.

“That’s a good lesson for us to learn. Hopefully it motivates us to go out there and practice better this week so we have a much better performance next week.”

While the blame obviously can be shared for the offensive struggles, Brady is willing to take his share.

“When we’re open down the field I’ve got to hit them,” he said. “I think that’s how I look at it. We’ve got to make more plays down the field to get more chunks, to shorten the field a little bit. It certainly wasn’t our best day passing the ball yesterday. Our execution and our efficiency was poor really over the course of the whole day.

“It comes down to us being on the same page and our communication and our anticipation and all of us working harder to try to get the outcome to be better than what it was yesterday.”

Brady was sacked four times and rushed on numerous other occasions, and it appeared the pressure affected him by making him release the ball earlier than desired even when the pocket was not collapsing.

“I’ve played long enough that it’s one of those things that, look, if you feel the pressure and you don’t want to take sacks you’ve got to get rid of it. But there’s other opportunities where, look, I’ve got plenty of time to throw and I’ve got to find the open guy and I can’t just rush it because I got rushed on the play before,” he said. “That’s where discipline and situational awareness really comes in for the quarterback. I’ve got to do a better job of that.  There were definitely times yesterday where I had more opportunities to take time to really scan the field and find the open player and I didn’t do that. Those are the things I’ve got to get better at. I’ve got to get better at a lot of things. If our team’s going to be a good team then they need me to play as well as I possibly can. I can certainly play a lot better than the way I played yesterday.”

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