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Patriots coach Bill Belichick was not happy with Thursday's performance.(Photo: The Associated Press)
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he's not interested in "living in the past," which includes agonizing over his team's season-opening 42-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.
He is also tired of storylines that connect this year's Week 1 start to any of his previous Pats teams.
"I've said it a thousand times. We've got a lot of work to do," Belichick said on a conference call on Friday. "I'm not interested in living in the past. I'm asked a thousand questions about some other year, some different team than this team. I'm really concerned with the 2017 team. I'm not trying to live in the past like everybody else is."
Following a game that saw New England's defense cough up 537 yards — the most ever under Belichick — 40-year-old Tom Brady look his age and Belichick get stuffed twice on fourth and 1, the Patriots' coaching staff offered several "not good enough" and "we need to do better" answers.
“We need to do a better job on everything," Belichick said. "That’s everybody. Players. Coaches. All of us. ...It's not one guy, not one play, not one thing. ...Obviously, there are a lot of things we need to work on."
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Belichick did admit to seeing "some positives" and "decent plays," but said "there's room for improvement for everybody."
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia added, "I've got to coach better," and "we've got to try to get this fixed."
From 2013-16, the Patriots allowed zero 90-yard touchdown drives at home. The Chiefs had three on Thursday.
"In general, we've got a lot of work to do," Patricia said. "(Chiefs) coach (Andy Reid) and his staff do a great job of adjusting (to the defense). They find a weakness and attack it.
"The big plays, we've got to do a better job on."
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