New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has the best offense in the NFL with quarterback Tom Brady behind center. However, even their offensive machine has one serious flaw in 2017 — the screen game.
Belichick recently spoke out about it when asked if running screens had any value.
“Well, I mean any plays you’re not making yards on, it’s hard to get excited about those,” Belichick said, per Doug Kyed of NESN. “Our screen game hasn’t been as productive as we need it to be. We need to, obviously, coach it better and execute it better. We’re not getting enough out of it. It’s disappointing.”
He was then asked if it was a personnel problem or anything consistent that was keeping those plays from working.
“I think it’s a combination of things,” he said. “We’ve run a lot of different types of screens — receivers, backs, tight ends, quick screens, slower screens. We’re just not doing a good job. I’ve got to do a better job of coaching them and we’ve got to do a better job of executing them. It’s as simple as that.”
Finally, he was asked if running screens still helped, even when they didn’t pick up yards, because it helped keep the defense honest and slow them down.
“I don’t know,” Belichick said. “Based on what we’re gaining on them, they should be happy every time we run one.”
With 411.2 yards per game, the Patriots have the No. 1 offense in the NFL. The screen game may be failing, but it’s clearly not holding them back too badly.