PatsFans.com
PatsFans.com
Mac JonesMac JonesTrey Lance
Search

New England Patriots > Patriots Blog > Patriots Commentary

Patriots Were Beaten by Fake Punt in Practice

Robert Alvarez
Robert Alvarez on Twitter
6 years ago at 4:00 pm ET
Posted Under: Patriots Commentary

Patriots Were Beaten by Fake Punt in PracticeDavid Butler II - USA TODAY Sports

When speaking to the media in his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick noted that when the Jaguars unsuccessfully attempted a fake punt that the Patriots recovered during the third quarter, the team actually failed to do so in practice earlier in the week.

According to Belichick, the Patriots ran a nearly identical play and the special teams unit failed to stop it.

“It was actually a play that we ran in practice and James White got us on it, and we made some corrections on that in practice and then were able to carry those over into the game,” Belichick said. “Slate got a good read on it, and he’s a hard guy to outrun. It’s hard to outrun Matt to get to the outside. He did a good job of tracking it down and making the tackle. It was a heads-up play by our special teams, punt return unit. We’ve always got to be alert for those kinds of things, whether it’s a fake punt or an onside kick or fake field goal – whatever it happens to be. That’s part of their job, but I thought the whole unit reacted well to it because we had to obviously stop it on both sides.”

The play provided another in depth example to the extensive preparation and “situational football” Belichick preaches to his players day in and day out and has been documented recently in such programs as “A Football Life” and “Do Your Job”.

 


Posted Under: Patriots Commentary
Tags: 2015 NFL Season Bill Belichick James White Onside Kick Special Teams


  • Comments are closed.

  • More News Headlines:

    15 Observations from Victory over the Buffalo Bills

    15 Observations from Victory over the Buffalo Bills

    By: Mark Morse
    Monday night's Patriots / Bills match-up was everything we thought it would be due to the horrible wind conditions.
    2 days ago
    Old School Patriots Run Over the Bills 14-10, Observations

    Old School Patriots Run Over the Bills 14-10, Observations

    By: Steve Balestrieri
    the Patriots returned to the old style of power football, throwing just 3 times and running 46, and grinding out 222 yards on the ground.
    2 days ago
    Terrific Coaching Job By Belichick Has Patriots at the Top of AFC

    Terrific Coaching Job By Belichick Has Patriots at the Top of AFC

    By: Bob George
    The Patriots are now by themselves as the top team in the AFC, as well as the AFC East, with a 9-4 record and a…
    2 days ago
    VIDEO: NFL Fan Therapy – Ready To Be Number 1 In The AFC Again

    VIDEO: NFL Fan Therapy – Ready To Be Number 1 In The AFC Again

    By: Robert Alvarez
    Francis shares his thoughts on the Patriots upcoming "Monday Night Football" matchup with the rival Bills in latest "NFL Fan Therapy" episode.
    3 days ago
    PHOTOS: Patriots Reveal Customized Cleats For NFL’s ‘My Cause, My Cleats’ Campaign

    PHOTOS: Patriots Reveal Customized Cleats For NFL’s ‘My Cause, My Cleats’ Campaign

    By: Robert Alvarez
    For the sixth consecutive season, the New England Patriots and the other 31 NFL teams will participate in the “My Cause My Cleats” campaign. The…
    3 days ago
    Search For Links: - CLOSE
    For searches with multiple players
    add commas (Ex: "Bill Belichick, Devin McCourty")