‘Gotta Get Better’: Patriots Offensive Lineman Struggles vs. Dolphins; Week 2 Improvement?
FOXBORO – After a disappointing Week 1, the New England Patriots weren’t in the best of spirits.
Head Coach Bill Belichick was a typical person with short answers during his post-game media conference. His players were disgruntled this time. After refusing to answer any questions at his locker, New England made Trent Brown, an offensive lineman, available via zoom Monday. He sounded a lot like his head coach and gave a brief presser.
Brown was asked several questions about the Patriots’ poor pass protection in Sunday’s 20-7 defeat. The 6-8, 370-pound lineman answered all of them with a simple:
“Gotta get better. “
He isn’t wrong. On Sunday, the Patriots’ offensive line was one of their biggest problems. It had been inconsistent throughout preseason and camp.
The first quarter was a prime example. Damien Harris made a first-down handoff on the left sideline of the offensive line but it went nowhere. Cole Strange and Brown failed at the second level of Miami’s defense, so Elandon Roberts was able make an unblocked tackle. The offensive line struggled throughout the game, resulting in quarterback Mac Jones being sacked twice and a costly strip sack. Jones was also hit three more times, which is likely the cause of his back injuries ..
On that strip sack, the Patriots had possession on a second-and-10 from their own 15-yard line when safety Brandon Jones bolted in untouched from the left side and strip-sacked Jones. The ball bounced right up Melvin Ingram, edge rusher. Ingram ran the ball two yards for the game’s first touchdown.
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Considering that Brown was responsible for two of those sacks and one quarterback hit, you can understand why he showed frustration during his media availability. The most important takeaway from Brown’s press conference was his answer to the question of whether it mattered which side Brown signed with New England.
” It didn’t really matter. He said that he could play on either side.
When Brown was asked if he’s happy right now with the Patriots, he replied, “I love them.” “
Brown will be back with the Patriots when they face the 1-0 Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. New England must correct any miscommunications on the offensive line because they will be facing a Steelers defense which forced five turnovers last week in their win over Cincinnati Bengals.
Kickoff Patriots vs. Steelers will take place at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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