dangolka (CBS) — If something was clear all through the Patriots’ 18-12 loss to the Broncos on Sunday, it’s that the group has a number of work to do to get its offense in gear. That each one begins in observe.
Sadly for the Pats, they didn’t have that luxurious for a lot of final two weeks. Because the group handled a handful of COVID-19 circumstances on its roster, they determined to play it protected and shut group amenities, placing of their work just about. The group solely had one precise observe over the past two weeks, and whenever you combine in Cam Newton’s return from his two weeks away from soccer, it led to a relatively sluggish efficiency on all fronts on the offensive aspect of the ball.
Cue up the Allen Iverson clips, as a result of on Monday, Invoice Belichick spent an excellent chunk of his chat with reporters talkin’ about observe. The Patriots head coach is hoping that the group can put in a full week of labor on the observe subject, one thing they sorely missed heading into Sunday’s defeat.
“The extra we are able to get on the market and observe, enhance our timing, our execution, our anticipation and consciousness, these will all assist us. We’re going to every part we are able to to maximise that and I feel that can assist our particular person and our unit performances the extra we are able to try this,” Belichick instructed reporters Monday. “Hopefully we’ll get a full dose of it this week.”
Observe might not look like a lot on the skin, however it actually means so much to gamers and coaches every week. The Patriots hope to get the advantages of a full week of observe as they put together for a go to from Jimmy Garoppolo and the 3-Three San Francisco 49ers.
“Simply the power to go on the market and observe what your sport plan is, what you’re going to attempt to do — it’s at all times a bit completely different within the sport as a result of they’re not doing every part you anticipate,” stated Belichick. “However there are issues that carry over, a component that carries over, the place there’s continuity from what they’ve proven prior to now. The chance to exit and observe particular person strategies, particular person abilities, sure performs and performs which are particular to the group that we’re enjoying, the best way that our opponent does one thing — all of these are alternatives you prefer to have and we’ll profit from having extra alternatives to try this.
“That’s our purpose, to be on the market and have a full week of observe and preparation. We’d like that,” he added.
The Patriots will probably be again on the observe subject on Wednesday — barring any further constructive COVID assessments.