Remember when pre-season photos of ripped Mac Jones circulated? Patriots fans were so excited by candidate Mac-churian’s transformation that they gave it a go A standing ovation the first time he ran on the training camp grounds.
Coming off a solid rookie season, throwing for 3,800 yards and 22 TDs while leading New England to a 10-7 record, the hope was that Jones could make the leap to a higher level of game manager, or at least, the same level as a game manager.
Yes, about that.
Not only is he worse than last year, but his production has been as bad as Zack Wilson, the benchmark for a bad quarterback this season. After seven games apiece, Wilson has four passing touchdowns to five picks, and a TD for Jones-Intelligence The ratio is four to seven. Mac has better yardage output, but not by much — 1,386 yards to 1,279 on the season, good for 198 and 182 yards per outing, respectively.
There’s a reason Bill Belichick pulled Jones for Billy Zabby in a high-profile Monday Night loss to the Bears last month. However, the midfielder is not to blame. He’s on the main trainer.
This is what an offense looks like when it doesn’t have a coordinator/is entrusted to a couple of coaches whom I won’t let pour a bowl of cereal. I’m even wrote the same When it became clear that Matt Patricia and Joe Judge would be responsible for Jones’ growth, um:
“I’m not sure Joe Judge and Matt Patricia could fit in the seat through a double door if they were the two guys who arrived in your moving truck in the greater Boston area. The two colossal failures as head coaches in the NFL combined were 23-52-1 in nearly Five seasons with their teams.If you asked a Giants fan about Judge, or a Lions fan about Patricia, their response would be largely negative—and that’s if they uttered actual words and not just made a malicious sound.
So, it’s surprising that Bill Belichick entrusted the development of McJones to the tweeds and the tweed idiot. Reports from the Patriots camp of a frustrating, exhausting, self-searching offense Motivational letters are required and a designated play caller.”
My material may be recycled, but my jokes remain accurate. Coincidentally, the accuracy—and specifically completion percentage—is what Pats loyalists will point to as a sign that Jones has really improved this year.
Fine. we will, Watch this montage of Mac’s completion against the Jets last weekAnd the And tell me which shot is not safe.
Perhaps my part of the Patricia-Judge rant that would have been more instructive was the part about the endless procession of screen swipes that was the Giants’ game plan under Judge.
Although Patricia calls out the plays, he agrees At best, the approach to attack can be described as “creatively conservative” – and the most “helicopter training” case I’ve seen at worst.
Yes, Jones hits his receivers roughly 70 percent of the time. However, pretty much every advanced metric shows that the quarterback is either petrified of making a foul/getting benched, or coddled as if he can’t throw more than 15 yards downfield..
Jones’ average air yards per completion is 5.4. This means that the ball travels an average of 5.4 yards past the line of scrimmage per completion. In his senior year when he could barely reach a receiver more than 10 yards deep, Drew Brees had CAY/Cmp of 5.3. For context, Patrick Mahomes has an extension 6.1 This season, he usually lives in the sixties for his career. The NFL’s leading passing player Tua Tagovailoa has 8.3which is absurd and a great example of a coach trusting his QB.
It helps to have Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, but if Mike McDaniel’s offense is at the forefront of innovation, the Pats still rely on AOL to tell them if they have mail. The thing that stood out to me about those highlights at Jones Gates—and I use “distinguish” liberally—was that Rhamundari Stevenson could not be dealt with by one man.
I understand wanting to count on running like that, and Damien Harris is a great second choice in the background. However, New England still ranks 17th in rushing per game while scoring the 10th lowest in total offense and yards, and ranks 13th in scoring. If you want to talk about an offensive line that allowed 28 sacks, the lowest 10 in the league, or discuss excess skill in receiver and tight end, I’ll listen.
What I’m not going to enjoy is having this massive midfield slump play on Jones. Belichick has earned the right to be arrogant. When you win as much as you win, you benefit from the doubt.
Not this time. This situation gets more complicated when you read that Belichick Passed on a promising assistant – the only one who wouldn’t let other teams interview during the offseason – in Nick Caley giving the reins to Judge Joe Patricia. And that Cali did not sign an extension likely because snub, it’s more of a disaster that can already be classified as unmitigated.