It shouldn't come as a surprise that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were both weary speaking with the media on Monday after the loss to the Texans and the long night of travel back to Foxboro. With many of the team fending off a virus, the Patriots are still waiting for a game where the conditions are good, all the key players are healthy and everything just clicks. With four games left, including a huge challenge against the Kansas City Chiefs coming up this Sunday, time is running out for the Patriots to turn the corner.
"We had our chances, we just couldn’t – like I said, in the end we just couldn’t, make enough plays and couldn’t score enough points," said Belichick on his Monday conference call with reporters. "They did a good job. I thought we had our chances, we’ve just got to make more out of them."
Brady spoke with The Greg Hill show on Monday morning and didn't see much to take away from the loss other than learning from the mistakes and being better.
"Every game is its own thing," said Brady. "There's not much you can carry over from one game to the next, other than learning from one game to the next. This week is an entirely new process -- gameplan and scouting report and everything. We just gotta to figure out how to be more consistent. Just figure how to stay on track, get the ball in in the red area. Just do a little bit better job to put us in position to win."
It was another typical game for the Patriots offense that saw two-thirds of their offensive production come from just two players -- James White and Julian Edelman. The team continues to look for secondary options as so far the rookies and newcomers have yet to become reliable targets for Brady.
Belichick acknowledged the rookies like Jakobi Meyers and N'Keal Harry are still getting up to speed but should be getting more confident.
"The more confidence and more experience you have doing something, you can be more aggressive with it," said Belichick. "It’s the 12th regular season game, so it’s not really the first time at bat here anymore. So, we just have to do a better job, that’s all. You know, win games like this against good teams on the road. We’ve just got to play better."
Brady wasn't done trying to get the new faces up to the level that he and the Patriots expect.
"The expectations for our team often are a very, very, very high level and I understand that," said Brady. "At the same time I think there's realistic expectations with our circumstance, incorporating different elements and players and injures. Again, we're just trying to do the best that we can do. We got our whole season ahead of us and we gotta to learn from the things we did last night and try to go out there and get a really tough win against KC and see if we can get back to winning. That's what going to be the most important thing this week."
Ted Karras looked like the only significant injury against the Texans. He left the game early in the second half and did not return, being replaced by James Ferentz. Ian Rapoport shared this update on Monday morning that was hopefully a positive sign for Karras' prognosis.