During his appearance on The Greg Hill Show Monday morning, Bill Belichick summed up Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Dolphins well.
"We did enough things to win the game, but unfortunately we made too many errors and didn’t play well in situational football to win," he said.
The Patriots got strong play from the quarterback position, contributions from a lot of players on offense, held Miami to just 17 points, but it wasn't enough to win.
A few factors contributed to that -- committing eight penalties for 84 yards, fumbling four times (losing two) and going just 1-for-4 in the red zone.
“Again, we just have to do a better job at everything," Belichick said. "Too many penalties. Too many balls out. Not good enough on some of the little things — little fundamentals. They’re not little, they’re big, but they’re fundamentals. Just overall execution. Things we’re close on, but just again not quite good enough and we’ve just have to be better. Against a good sound team like Miami you can’t afford those things and they were able to take advantage of them. … We’ve got to eliminate those.”
With that being said, Belichick seemed pleased with the way the team competed and it will look to get its first win of the year this Sunday against the Jets on the road.
"Overall, as a team I thought we competed hard," he said. "We just got to play better. Got to coach better. Just not good enough. We had too many opportunities and just couldn’t capitalize on them. Get back to work and improve this week.”