BOSTON (CBS) – 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak spoke with Patriots running back Shane Vereen Tuesday morning about the Chargers game, as well as looking ahead to Miami.
On San Diego, Gresh and Mike Flynn spent a good chunk of Monday analyzing the game, and bemoaning New England’s play calling down in the red zone — specifically that first drive.READ MORE: FBI Offering Up To $20K For Info On Suspect In 1981 Norton Murder
The Patriots marched on the ground all the way down the field to the San Diego 1-yard line, but couldn’t punch it in the end zone from just mere feet away and had to settle for a Stephen Gostkowski field goal — the kicker’s first of three attempts on the day.
On Sunday night, the Patriots had drives of 17, 12 and 10 plays all end in three points instead of six — maddening to say the least if you’re a Patriots fan, but even more so if you’re an offensive player like Vereen is.
“It’s very frustrating [settling for field goals]. Red zone offense is something we always work on every week and something that we put an emphasis on,” said Vereen.
“But at the same time you’ve got to tip your hat to San Diego; they’re a great red area defensive team. When it came down to it they obviously performed better than we did down in that area. There’s always room to improve. Luckily the defense had our back. The defense played well and we were able to come out with a victory.”READ MORE: Owners Of The Station Nightclub Tell Their Side Of Story On '48 Hours'
The Patriots now shift their attention and focus to the Miami Dolphins, a team they lost to in Week 1 on the road. New England gets them at Gillette this time around and currently stand 6-0 at home.
Vereen hopes the perfect home record remains unblemished when the week is over.
“No game in the NFL is easy. There’s never an easy game or an easy victory. We have to come strapped up ready to go every Sunday, whether it’s here or in New York. We started something this season here at home and I hope we’re able to finish it, but it’s not going to be a cake walk,” said Vereen. “We have to come ready and prepared to go.”
Listen below for the full interview:
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