“It’s a team that is perpetually and chronically unprepared to start football games,” Curran said Sunday on NBC Sports Boston’s Patriots Halftime Live. “That starts with the preparation. The preparation is on the coaches.
“If the players aren’t sharp enough to get what the coaches are giving them, then that means the wrong players are here. That’s on the general manager. And if the players are unwilling to perform when the game begins, well then that’s on the players who were brought in incorrectly by the coach and then not brought up to speed.”
Belichick is both the head coach and de facto general manager in New England, and the last two games have highlighted his shortcomings in both jobs: The Patriots have seemed ill-prepared for both matchups, and their lack of talent on offense has manifested in two embarrassing showings, with three total points and five turnovers over eight quarters of football in which they’ve been outscored 72-3.
But Curran believes New England’s issues go well beyond this two-week sample size. The Patriots are now 3-9 in their last 12 games, with their only wins coming against the Colt McCoy-led Arizona Cardinals, the Skylar Thompson-led Miami Dolphins and Zach Wilson-led New York Jets.
“We’re not looking at a minor little window here,” Curran said. “This is now the tenth time in 11 games that they are desperately down early in the game. It doesn’t matter if they’re against a good quarterback or Skylar Thompson. They dig themselves a hole.
“This is beyond tenable. This, to me, is a tipping point.”
Whether Sunday’s game has consequences for quarterback Mac Jones — who was benched for backup Bailey Zappe on Sunday for the second consecutive week — or Belichick himself remains to be seen. But don’t be surprised if we see some fallout from this Patriots debacle.