Watching the Patriots fumble in Sunday’s 30-24 loss to the Raiders in the final game, former New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was as surprised as any other fan.
Wilfork said Thursday on NBC Sports Boston’s “The Gameplan” with Tom Giles that he assumed the game was going into overtime and got up to change seats at his home.
“I go to the living room, it’s not even 10 steps and I see patriots [lost]”said Wilfork. “Am I what happened?”
“When I saw the replay, I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It’s just one of those years where it seems like everything they’re doing just isn’t good enough. It’s hard to watch as a player, as a staff, as a fan, because you know that this team is capable of playing better football than they are showing.
At 7-7, the Patriots are currently on the outside looking in on the AFC playoff picture. New England desperately needs a win against the Bengals on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Looking ahead, Wilfork had a simple takeaway.
“It wasn’t good to see,” Wilfork said of the loss in Las Vegas, “but at the same time, it is what it is at this point. There’s nothing you can do about it.”
One of the players Wilfork had advice for was Mack Jones.
Asked if Jones was expressing his frustration on the field, Wilfork agreed.
“I’m tired of it, honestly. I’m tired of it,” Wilfork said of Jones’ antics. “You are the leader of this team. You are a quarter. So you can’t be disappointed every week, every game. I don’t care if the play is called late or whatever. At the end of the day, you have to show some composure as you steer the ship. You are the master of the ship when you are there.
“Control what you can control,” Wilfork added. “That’s all you can do. But I’m tired of seeing him throw up.”
The former All-Pro acknowledged that there is plenty of blame for the Patriots offense’s lack of production. New England currently ranks 25th in the NFL in total yards and 30th in passing yards.
We realized that because at the end of the day, not everyone plays as well as they can. That’s it. Everyone, including him, Wilfork said. “So I’m not going to just throw it at him, but at this point I’m tired of seeing it and I think a lot of other people are tired of seeing it.”
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