What the Patriots Said After the Ravens’ Win

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Head Coach Bill Belichick

Opening statement:

“There is really not much to say tonight. Obviously, we didn’t do anything normal, certainly didn’t coach well. Give them credit, they were better than we were tonight, certainly the better team. We all have to do a better job.”

On the difference of watching Lamar Jackson on tape vs. live:

“I don’t know. Right now, they are not on the schedule, so we don’t have to worry about them.”

On self-inflicting mistakes:

“They played better than all of us.”

On what QB Lamar Jackson’s performance says about their defense:

“They were better well coached, and they have a lot of weapons.”

On if the Ravens’ offense showed what he expected:

“They always have a couple new wrinkles; they do that every week.”

On if his defense was fatigued after the Ravens’ 9-minute drive:

“They had a couple key plays in situations.”

QB Tom Brady

On the game tonight:

“I give them a lot of credit. They played a good game. They made a lot of plays offensively and defensively. We just didn’t match them. When you’re on the road, you’ve got to play well in all three phases. Offensively, we didn’t do a good enough job; too many missed opportunities.”

On how Julian Edelman’s fumble shifted momentum:

“He was just trying to get yards. They made a good play. Give them credit. Those types of plays, good defenses make. He avoided the first tackle, and then the other guy got his hands on him and punched the ball out. I was happy with the way we responded. Then we came back and scored again.”

DB Devin McCourty

On if Jackson was a bigger problem than expected:

“I think overall it was their whole offense. We knew they had one of the best running attacks in the NFL. They were really able to run the ball, and I think because we struggled to stop the run, that pretty much gave them control of the game. Possessions, down and distance; they got to be comfortable all game. We got them in a couple third-and-longs, and we were able to get off the field, but for the majority of the game, they were able to play on their terms. That’s what probably hurt us the most; just [not] having control of the game.”

On the first quarter:

“They had control. We just really couldn’t get anything going. We even got them to kick, and then we’re offsides; it was a lack of focus and concentration. I think we’re aware of that, but when you’re playing against good football teams, you can’t have those plays. I think that’s something we know. When we play in these types of games against a good football team that’s coming off a bye week, they were ready to go. They had a couple of schemes that we hadn’t seen that worked out. I think overall that was not our biggest issue. I think it was stopping the run. It started on the first drive, not giving up the big play right away, and then they slowly and methodically moved down the field. Then you give up the big play. That’s where they feel most comfortable. The first quarter was kind of what the whole game ended up looking like. Obviously, we had a couple of plays in a couple of series here and there. Even in the fourth quarter, the long drive crushed us.”

On early struggles with Jackson’s speed:

“Some of it was his speed, but honestly, we didn’t give up a whole bunch of huge plays to Lamar [Jackson]. It was their run game overall. There were times when we were good on Lamar, but then [Mark] Ingram split us, but then we’d be good on Ingram, but Lamar would get outside for seven or eight yards. Any time you play a team like this, you can’t replicate that. There are definitely some adjustments, but I don’t think it’s one of those things where he ran around the edge and we were like, ‘Dang, he’s fast.’ We knew he was fast. [Defensive end] John Simon had a few plays where he used the sideline and used his help. He did a good job on them. There were a couple of plays where it didn’t matter who the quarterback was because we had no edge of the defense. It wasn’t like he outran a guy that had the edge. They just got out there and ran their plays. I think it was more of playing fundamentally together. It was a ‘do your job’ game. If each guy doesn’t do their job and do it well, then we’re going to struggle.”

On facing the Ravens again:

“If it happens, it happens. For us, they’re not on the schedule. We have to just be ready to play the games we have left on the schedule to get to wherever that’s going to be. That's more important than worrying about seeing them again. It's us making sure we’re going to be where we want to be, and the rest will work itself out.”

RB James White

On getting off to a slow start:

“You never know what it is, we have just got to play better from the start. We got it going a little bit, but we just did not hold that momentum. We have got to give credit to those guys, [the Ravens] they played a good football game.”

WR Julian Edelman

On the fumble:

“You have got to move on. It put us in a hole. You cannot turn the ball over against a team like that. I felt like I let my team down, but you have got to move on. It just was not our day. You have got to tip your hat to the Baltimore Ravens, they played a good game.”

On playing from behind:

“It is definitely different playing from behind. You do not want to play from behind against a team like this. That is what they live off of, they thrive off of. We did not play the game we wanted to. Like I said, you have to tip your hat, Baltimore played a good game, they outplayed us.”

WR Mohamed Sanu Jr.

On the Ravens defense:

“They played a little more zone than expected, but we were able to adjust to it and try to change things up.”

TE Benjamin Watson

On the Ravens’ defense:

“We played a good football team. They did a good job defensively on us. We were never able to get drives started early, so we were playing catch up later in the game. We had some opportunities then, but you just have to say that they did a good job.”

LB Kyle Van Noy

On facing Jackson and the Ravens offense:

“They had a good scheme today.”

DL Lawrence Guy

On the defensive performance:

“We have to play a little bit better football. We went out there, but they played every down a little bit better than we did. We weren’t able to keep [QB Lamar Jackson] in the pocket. They pretty much outperformed us. We just need to figure out what to get fixed and move forward. There was a lot of good football played, but there were a lot of mistakes being made. We need to stop the mistakes so that we can move forward.”

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