Ezekiel Elliott Criticizes Patriots' Play-Calling in Loss to Chiefs

New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott wasn't pleased with the team's late play-calling in their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Nov 12, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany;  New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) looks on
Nov 12, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany; New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) looks on / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots flirted with an upset bid in the early going of their Week 15 game versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Unfortunately, however, a nice first half was completely undone by a uninspired performance over the final two quarters.

The lack of urgency from the Patriots, especially late down the stretch of this contest, ended up sealing their 11th loss on the year and resulting in fan unhappiness with Bill Belichick's coaching staff.

It turns out, though, fans aren't the only ones unimpressed by Belichick's strategy down the stretch.

Elliott told reporters following the contest he would've liked to see the Pats go more up-tempo late when they were trailing by multiple scores. He noted "that's not up to me," which is a subtle way to bring up his coaches' decisions.

Elliott also said Kansas City was focused on stopping the run, again calling something out the staff should've picked up on.

Sunday's effort from the sidelines was incredibly frustrating on an afternoon where the Pats played with purpose. New England held the lead briefly against one of the best teams in the league and entered halftime down just 14-10.

While the second half started poorly, the Patriots could've back in it if the staff was aggressive. Instead, they followed their regular gameplan, which simply would never be enough to keep up with Patrick Mahomes and company.

Gillette Stadium rightfully booed Belichick after his decision to punt on 4th-and-3 at NE's own 42-yard line. That was the exact kind of opportunity a team that wants to be competitive would seize. Of course, with Belichick's days possibly numbered, it'd be no surprise if he's already waved the white flag on trying to chase any more wins this season.

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