When your football team is going through a rough patch, it’s never a good sign when one of your own players is caught speaking candidly about the team’s struggles to the opposition. That’s exactly what happened to the New England Patriots, who suffered a disappointing 10-7 loss to the New York Giants in Week 12, dropping their record to 2-9 for the year. The game took a bitter turn when rookie kicker Chad Ryland missed a game-tying 35-yard field goal attempt, sealing the Patriots’ fate.
After the game, New England safety Jabrill Peppers, who was mic’d up, had a frank conversation with Giants star running back Saquon Barkley. Peppers didn’t mince words, telling his former teammate, “You lucky we a*s”
Jabrill Peppers to Saquon Barkley after their loss to the Giants.
“You lucky we ass”
— Babz (@BabzOnTheMic) November 30, 2023
It’s safe to say that Peppers might want to avoid running into the no-nonsense head coach Bill Belichick anytime soon.
The Patriots find themselves in the midst of one of the worst seasons in their franchise history. They are on track to finish with their worst record since 1992 when the team went 2-14. Furthermore, the once-proud franchise is facing the possibility of going five straight years without a postseason victory.
The struggles of the Patriots in the 2023 season have sparked speculation that the team may part ways with head coach Bill Belichick after the season. Regardless of what happens, it’s clear that significant changes are needed if the Patriots hope to return to their winning ways in the near future.
Next up for New England is a matchup against the struggling Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium this Sunday.