When it comes to the largely buttoned-up Patriots, there were twin tirades during the 31-20 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday that will be remembered for some time.
After the first quarter, both Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels were caught by CBS cameras ripping into the players. I didn't catch Brady's "Do your job!" screeds in the stadium, but I did watch McDaniels through my binoculars and it was better live.
To that point in the game, the Patriots' offense had just completed its third fruitless drive, and trailed as a team, 14-0. The Patriots were 1 of 4 on third downs, had averaged 2.4 yards per rush, and Brady had completed just 50 percent of his passes for 51 yards.
Obviously, things weren't going well to that point, so the frustration was understandable.
But were the outbursts warranted? It's one thing for the other team to just be better on that particular day — and we've seen Brady resigned to his fate in other games, like vs. Kansas City and Miami last season — but it's another thing for the Patriots to beat themselves.
So which was it?
The tirades were absolutely warranted — and there should have been one by Brian Flores on the defensive side as well while we're at it — as New England completely laid an egg on both sides of the ball against the Jaguars.
We'll go over all the mindless first-quarter errors and provide our usual video analysis, game charts, unit grades and 3 up/3 down — plus two plays that might cause some health worries about Dont'a Hightower and Rob Gronkowski. But let's start with this:
I had the Patriots' offense for 19 "minus" plays/mental mistakes in the first quarter. I had them for 15 over the course of the final three. The Patriots also had two players run into each other on the third play of the game. Yes, it was that bad.