The Patriots are running on all cylinders, right? They polished off the Cleveland Browns 34-17 just days after crushing the Cincinnati Bengals. 5-0, having devoured everything the state of Ohio has to offer, you'd think that the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick would be riding high.
Think again. As evidenced by his post-game comments, it seems that only a 19-0 start to the season is going to satisfy Belichick.
It's good to win. It's always good to win and be 5-0. I don't think that was either team's best game out there today, but in the end we were able to make a few more plays. We'll take it and move on to Dallas. It was a physical game. There was a lot of hard hitting out there. I just don't think on our end it was executed the way we are capable of. But, as I said, in the end we made enough plays, and that was good, but we left some out there too. I think we just have to do a better job all the way around in all three areas of the game, and the coaching, and I think we can play better than that. Give Cleveland credit. They're tough. They can move the ball, like we talked about all week and they showed that today and they gave us some problems defensively.Sure, maybe Belichick is being modest, hoping to keep the fire under his team. But something tells me this is just how he is. So what makes you happy, Bill? What will make you smile? Let everyone know, because surely all of New England will do its best to find it for you.