Patriots players take the blame for first loss

Patriots players take the blame for first loss
October 7, 2013, 4:45 pm
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots took part in positional meetings on Monday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in an effort to correct their mistakes from Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Only six points in a game is uncharacteristic for this Tom Brady-led New England offense, and a few of Brady's offensive teammates took some time after their meetings to talk about what went wrong.

"We just didn't execute enough plays," said Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui. "I think it's pretty obvious. We're looking to get better, and that's what we're focusing on this week, starting now."

Earlier in the day, Patriots coach Bill Belichick also blamed his offense's poor execution as being the reason they lost the game.

The players feel the same way, because they feel like they were well-prepared for what was coming their way in Cincinnati.

"They did exactly what we had prepared for and what [the coaches] said they were going to do," said Hoomanawanui. "We just didn't execute enough plays to win."

Offensive tackle Nate Solder praised the Bengals' pass rush, and said that he plans to correct the offensive line's mistakes this week.

"They have a great group of pass rushers," said Solder on Monday. "And they made it hard for us.

"They're really good," added Solder. "We can take some good things from it. If they exposed some of our weaknesses up front -- I know they did for me -- we'll work to improve on those things in the upcoming week."