Trey Flowers: New England Patriots defense will ‘get it right’

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 13: Russell Wilson
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 13: Russell Wilson /

Following another dismal defensive performance, New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers has confidence they will get their act together.

The bend but don’t break New England Patriots defense has been nothing but breakdown after breakdown through the first four weeks of the season.

Those breakdowns were highlighted in Sunday’s 33-30 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. The defense allowed almost 450 total yards in the game and made Cam Newton look like Cam Newton again.

Last in total defense and points allowed, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and head coach Bill Belichick have to figure things out quick.  Most of that responsibility, however, is on the players.  One of the bright spots on defense has been third-year defensive end Trey Flowers, who blames part of the team’s struggles on communication mostly because of the multiple responsibilities each player has.

"“It’s a big thing for our defense because there are a lot of moving part,” Flowers said during an appearance on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday.  “A lot of guys play different positions, have different roles and do different things.”"

Total team effort

While Flowers has done his part, including a forced fumble in Sunday’s game, the defense overall has given up huge plays and just seem lost at times during the game.  Their breakdowns in the secondary, along with their inconsistency in putting pressure on the quarterback has looked like a mess.

At this point of the season, they should already have things figured out.  Flowers believes they will get it figured out as it is just a matter of time before they get everything clicking the way they should.

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"“It’s one of those things that works hand-in-hand,” Flowers said.  “When it comes down to it, yeah we had a few miscommunication plays but some plays we had great communication and we was in the right position to make those plays.  We just gotta finish and make those plays.”"

The type of plays Flowers is talking about is the miss tackles and penalties at crucial times in the game.  The team is 2-2 and it could be worse if it wasn’t for their super 40-year-old quarterback.  With the amount of points this team scores, even if the defense if average, they should be in position for another Super Bowl run.

If it continues the way it is now, they may have trouble winning the weak AFC East.  Again, the players believe they can and will get it right.  Flowers elaborated on that team confidence.

"“We gonna get it right,” Flowers said.  “[I] definitely believe and have faith in the guys out there.  We’re working hard and coming together.”"

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Let’s just hope they start to get it together starting this Thursday night in Tampa.