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Bill Belichick is not planning on making ‘dramatic changes’ despite Patriots’ struggles on offense

The Patriots offense has struggled with Matt Patricia, left, calling the plays, but Bill Belichick is not planning on "making a lot of dramatic changes."Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

A change at offensive play-caller isn’t imminent, according to Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

“I think we need to do what we’re doing better,” Belichick said Monday morning during his weekly radio appearance on WEEI. “I don’t think, at this point, making a lot of dramatic change is — it’s too hard to do that. If we can just do consistently what we’re doing, I think we’ll be all right.”

Given the state of New England’s sputtering offense, the viability of senior football adviser Matt Patricia and offensive assistant Joe Judge as play-callers is being questioned. Since training camp, the Patriots have struggled to establish offensive consistency.

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The team has struggled from all aspects, whether it be execution, discipline, or play-calling.

“That’s hurt us,” Belichick said. “It’s not one thing. It’s just one time it’s one thing, the next time it’s something else. We just have to play and coach more consistently.”

Criticisms about the state of the offense are starting to brew internally, with quarterback Mac Jones seen shouting on the sideline during last Thursday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills, “Throw the [expletive] ball. The [expletive] quick game sucks.” After the game, wide receiver Kendrick Bourne chimed in, saying the Patriots need to throw the ball downfield more and “scheme up” better plays.

Because the Patriots did not officially name an offensive coordinator, neither Patricia nor Judge are required to speak to the media every week. Instead, a trio of rotating assistant coaches answers questions. Asked about Bourne’s comments Monday, wide receivers coach Troy Brown kept his answer general.

“We need to do it all better,” he said. “We need to scheme up better. We need to practice better. We need to play better. We need to do a whole lot of things better. There’s not one thing you can throw out there and say we need to do better. We just have to execute better. That comes in every department in the building, playing, coaching, whatever it is.”

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Belichick also did not have much of a response to Bourne’s comments.

Bourne had some pointed comments about the state of the Patriots' offense.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

“We work through the schemes every week depending on who we play and so forth,” he said. “We run our schemes every week.”

Both players and coaches can stress the importance of improvement and the need to establish consistency, but the clock is ticking for the team to turn things around.

While players are starting to air their grievances, Belichick won’t point to specifics when asked for the reasoning behind the inconsistencies. Like Brown, he pointed to a number of factors, not one component.

“It’s been a little bit of a combination of things on every front, really, coaching, playing, penalties,” Belichick said. “We’ve had some high-penalty games, and then we’ve had some low-penalty games. We’ve had some turnover games, and then we’ve had some no-turnover games, and so forth.

“It hasn’t always been the same problem, or it hasn’t been the same problem on certain plays. Sometimes that’s shifted, and there have certainly been some plays that haven’t matched up well against the defense when they were called, whether that’s the design of the play or the way it did against a certain defense. Those have come up as well.”

Before the season opener, Belichick told the Globe to “blame [him]” if the pairing of Patricia and Judge didn’t work. Thirteen weeks into the season, he stands by that statement.

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“I’m responsible for our team’s performance, so I accept that,” he said.


Nicole Yang can be reached at nicole.yang@globe.com.Follow her on Twitter @nicolecyang.