BOSTON (CBS) – Play-by-play man Bob Socci of the New England Patriots Radio Network was a guest of the Toucher & Rich show Monday morning to talk about the team’s disappointing 24-20 loss in Miami to the Dolphins.
There were more plays to be made out there (Tom Brady said as much), but another thing that’s been a topic of discussion is the play-calling.
Why wasn’t Shane Vereen more involved in the game plan?
The versatile running back had 162 yards from scrimmage in last week’s victory at home against the Browns, so it’s a legitimate head-scratcher why his touches were so limited on Sunday.
It took the Patriots almost a full quarter to get Vereen a touch in the passing game, and it wasn’t until the end of the second quarter when he got his first rush – albeit in a run-the-clock-out type of situation.
Bob Socci was left confused that more plays weren’t dialed up for him.
“I was surprised that he wasn’t a factor yesterday. His touches were very limited and also in situations that came at the end of the half that really didn’t have an impact. He’s the guy that most people are pointing to as the one difference maker to help offset the absence of Rob Gronkowski.”
“There’s no doubt, whether it was by design by Miami or simply the way the game played out from the Patriots point of view, that Shane Vereen wasn’t the guy we expected him to be,” said Socci.
Listen below for Bob’s full analysis of yesterday’s loss, including some offensive positives, their makeshift offensive line and Ryan Tannehill’s performance: