With a quarter of their season now in the books the Patriots are now 2-2 and there is no hiding the fact that the teams defense has been the major reason why the team has gotten off to a much slower start than most people expected.
As of now they have allowed at least 417 yards each game, which leaves them 32nd in the league, and in a poor showing on Sunday they gave up 444 to the Panthers in the teams 33-30 loss.
Carolina gained 304 of those yards through the air and it didn’t take long after the game for members of the New England secondary to start talking about why they’ve had so many breakdowns.
Lets face it, the issue is clearly that they just don’t appear to be on the same page. Pat’s Cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore echoed safeties Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon in pointing to poor communication as the main concern.
Harmon said after the game: “It’s obviously something we need to work a little harder at,” Adding: “Obviously what we’re doing is not good enough, so we need to go take a look in the mirror tonight and just look and realize. Are we doing enough to win? Are we doing enough to be good on defense? Are we doing enough to be a sound football team? Today we weren’t, especially on defense.”
McCourty also addressed the team and it’s performance: “you have to be concerned” about the way the defense is playing and Butler talked about the “urgency” of correcting the problems with four games already behind them.
The locker room with be a hive of activity, watching tape and correcting the mistakes of Sunday’s loss as the Patriots prepare for a quick turnaround against the Buccaneers on Thursday night.