Former Patriots LB: "Belichick Loves The Challenge"

The Patriots have hit a rough patch, and while fans may be worried, Bill Belichick isn't

Taz and the Moose
December 03, 2019 - 12:06 pm
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After starting the season 8-0, the New England Patriots looked like an all-time great team with an all-time great defense. At 10-2, however, the outlook is considerably more bleak. 

The Patriots are 2-2 in their last four games, and the offense has been non-existent

How concerned should Pats fans be?

“About as concerned as I was four weeks ago, knowing that they sort of fattened up on the easiest part of their schedule,” former NFL linebacker and current NFL analyst Steve DeOssie said on Taz & The Moose. “Last year they pivoted to a bit of a running game toward the end of the season and part of the playoffs, but they also had the personnel. They had Gronk blocking, they had (James) Develin at fullback, they had Trent Brown at tackle, they had their starting center healthy. David Andrews has been gone all year. So they had the personnel to pivot last year, so you could see how they might be able to do it. I’m scratching my head now trying to figure out where are they going to pivot and what are they going to do?”

The Patriots’ top pass-catchers are Julian Edelman (82 catches, 915 yards, five touchdowns) and James White (57 catches, 512 yards, three touchdowns).

After that? Phillip Dorsett, who has 28 catches for 347 yards and five scores.

“Even though I’ve known Bill Belichick and played for Bill Belichick, there’s been way too many times I’ve underestimated him and his coaching staff’s ability to do crazy things,” DeOssie said. “There’s hope for this offense, but I don’t see the talent level matching up with what they’re going to need in the long run. The defense can only limit the damage so much. I’m not feeling great about it, but I haven’t felt good about it in three or four weeks.”

On the flip side, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have led the Patriots to nine Super Bowls for a reason.

“The old line up here is, ‘In Bill We Trust,'” DeOssie said. “I have all the reason in the world to trust the guy. He took a guy like me out of Dallas, where I wasn’t playing at all, and made me part of a defense that won a championship. If he can pull off a miracle like that, he can do all sorts of crazy things. There’s just something about the Xs-and-Os guy in me who looks at it and the talent level and you’re like, ‘Where’s it going to come from? Where is the help coming?’”

The reeling Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. Kansas City is coming off a 40-9 win against Oakland.

“The crazy thing about it is somewhere in the back of his mind, Bill Belichick loves this,” DeOssie said. “He loves the challenge. He loves that he’s up against the wall. He’s been in every coaching situation there is to be had in the NFL. The people up here believe in him and believe in what the Patriots have accomplished and believe in the things they’ve pulled off. But the people are looking at it and saying, ‘Where is it coming from?’ And even someone who’s been playing and watching and talking about the game as long as I have, I have trouble figuring out where that help is coming from.”