"It's frustrating when it's communication, it's not really ability. I have to get better at the communication part. It's my fault on the communication," Gilmore said, via ESPN.com.
Added McCourty: "It's bad. We're letting the team down."
A team with Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia heading the defense will inevitably fix the cracks. Lost in all the preseason hype about the Patriots going undefeated -- something I honestly thought was possible and wrote about several times -- was the fact that New England was folding in some brand new pieces in high profile spots on both offense and defense.
The last-minute courtship and high price tag signing of Gilmore went against the grain for typical Patriots personnel moves but it wasn't without precedent. The only thing that would truly be stunning is if Belichick and Patricia couldn't get the defense turned around. The club travels to Tampa Bay this Thursday with a good chance to make a statement against Jameis Winston, another quarterback fond of airing out the football.