Bill Belichick did not sound any better Friday afternoon after dissecting film from the Patriots' 40-9 preseason loss in Detroit the night before. True to form Belichick included everyone in his assessment.

"It just wasn’t a very good performance on the part of our entire football team" he said in a conference call. "We just have to get back to work and do better than that in every area of the game.

"I don’t think there’s anything different than what the picture was last night. There were a few good individual plays here and there but overall just ... we can’t play like that and expect to do well against a good team."

Matthew Slater and Devin McCourty said after the game that this is a time for veterans to step up and help the younger players bounce back. Asked if this was a chance to see what type of resiliency this team has Belichick spun things forward.

"We just need to go out and have a good week of practice and do things a lot better than we did them last night that’s all" he said. "Nobody is going to do it for us; we’re going to have to go out there. Nobody but us can make things any better than what they were last night. We have to go out there and do something about it."

Zach Sudfeld Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen all fumbled against the Lions and none played again in the first half after losing the ball. Sudfeld and Vereen did get touches in the fourth quarter.

Belichick did not directly affirm that a message was being sent but he made it clear again that maintaining possession of the football is serious business.

"Our message has been the same here from Day One that ball security is of the highest priority for anybody that handles the ball – that’s a message from Day One" said the coach. "I think that message has been delivered on a daily basis since we started practicing back in May. I don’t think there are any new revelations about that message.