HomeFootball ZoneReport: Bill Belichick Still Has Several Reasons to Worry About What Lies Ahead for the Patriots
Report: Bill Belichick Still Has Several Reasons to Worry About What Lies Ahead for the Patriots
September 16, 2021
The New England Patriots will enter the new season with a revamped roster. It looks like head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t have a reason to worry at the moment. Well, analysts have a few concerns about the team and one of them is related to the defensive line.
Let’s start with the rookie quarterback. The Patriots trusted Mac Jones and he got the job. As if this wasn’t enough, the Patriots cut Cam Newton. Yes, they have really high expectations for their first rounder.
Enter the first issue. Jones doesn’t have a strong protection, and this may be a big issue for the inexperienced quarterback. The rookie has shown great talent and excellent skills, but he needs someone to protect him on the field.
The Patriots deal with several injuries and underperforming players at the moment.
Bill Belichick has a backup plan for each and every worry
Right tackle Trent Brown left the season opener in the first quarter. He sat out the second quarter of the game and didn’t return after halftime. He missed Wednesday’s practice and this is a big concern at the moment. We don’t have a timeline for his return and maybe we will have to wait for the final injury report to see what happens with Brown.
Belichick put defensive players in and out, and they struggled a lot. Justin Herron and Shaq Mason didn’t meet Belichick’s expectations.
Damien Harris’ fumble wasn’t of great help either.
In the postgame press conference, Belichick said his team tried to win but didn’t try enough to finish the game with a W.
The tight end unit was pretty thin in 2020. Belichick spent a lot of money to bring top tight ends to New England. Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry didn’t help the Patriots win. The red zone is still a problem.
Dont'a Hightower came up limping late in the 4th quarter and didn't return to the game.
Belichick won a lot of games with his defense and this was the strongest aspect of his game in the past. Miami found a way to manipulate the defense and we all know what happens last Sunday. Belichick won’t let this happen again.
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.