Give credit to Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” team: they didn’t pull any punches when it came to ripping the Patriots in the wake of their 24-7 loss to the Bills.
Richard Sherman, who was once one of the Patriots’ fiercest rivals, called out Matt Patricia for his weak play calling. “They weren’t calling the right plays,” said Sherman. “That’s something we talked about earlier, about Matt Patricia finding a rhythm and finding an offensive game plan. That’s why you hire an offensive coordinator!”
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The Patriots’ only touchdown Thursday came on a 48-yard screen pass that Marcus Jones took the house. Sherman pointed out during the halftime show the Patriots can’t just rely on gimmick plays to score.
“That’s what’s concerning about this offense. That can’t be the only way you score, giving the ball to the speedy guy and getting lucky,” he said.
But that’s exactly what happened. The Patriots collapsed during the second half, punting just three times and answering the Bills’ final touchdown with a 3-and-out. Tony Gonzalez summed up New England’s biggest issue bluntly.
“We all know what the problem is, let's call it out: It's Matt Patricia,” he said.
After the game, Kendrick Bourne lamented that the Patriots aren’t making adjustments. Mac Jones was seen screaming and cussing on the sideline.
Sherman said he’s not surprised at the Patriots’ slide without a certain QB.
“I’ve talked about this before. People are always talking about Belichick, Belichick, Belichick. Tom Brady!,” he said. “Things have changed a lot without Tom Brady. He’s not here, and you can see he’s not here because in these situations, in these times, this time of year, Tom Brady is executing. Tom Brady at Gillette? You know you’re walking out of here with a (loss).”
The Patriots lost Thursday to the Bills for the third straight time.