After getting a chance to review the game tape, Bill Belichick hasn’t changed his opinion of the Patriots’ 38-17 loss to the Saints. In his eyes, the Saints were the better team, and it was obvious.
If a silver lining exists, though, Belichick believes the problems his defense experienced are correctable. The Saints had eight plays of 20-plus yards, including three touchdowns.
“I’d like to think that most all of it is correctable,” Belichick told reporters in a conference call Tuesday. “The majority of the yardage that we gave up was on a handful of plays … I’m not saying all the rest of them were great, but anytime you give up that much yardage on a handful of plays, it’s bad, but if you can find a way to correct those big plays and not give it all up at once, you’ll be a lot more competitive out there.
“The big plays were clearly the biggest problem we had on defense. Like I said, we’ll surely see elements of those types of plays again soon because of the trouble we had with them last night. It really hadn’t been a major weak point for us all year, but it was last night.
“We have to do better than that.”