Charlie Weis: Mac Jones has the two most important components of a quarterback

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Despite all the great things you’ll hear about all the top prospects for 2021, the NFL draft remains a crapshoot. From rounds one through seven, some guys will thrive and some will fail at the next level.

Although more young quarterbacks are landing on the right side of the pass/fail test than ever before, there’s still no crystal ball when it comes to figuring out which ones will be the best. The top two picks in 2015 were supposed to be sure things; they weren’t. Ditto for 2016. Every draft has one or more quarterbacks to whom we can now point and say, “Oops.”

“Oops” can be said in a bad way, and in a good way. One guy for whom “oops” eventually could be said in a good way is Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. Currently not at the top of the stack of prospects, former Patriots offensive coordinator and Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis thinks he could be.

“What are the two most important components of a star quarterback?” Weis told Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “They have the ‘it’ factor. And they’re accurate. That’s who he was.”

Sometimes, a quarterback gets downgraded for thriving in the presence of stars, since those stars cover up the quarterback’s flaws. Weis offered a different view to Reiss.

“You talk about being around good players,” Weis said. “Yeah, he was around good players. But playing on a team with a bunch of stars, who is the leader of the offense? He also had to make all those throws. I think the kid is an excellent quarterback. He has less holes than just about anybody.”

One hole is the lack of high-end running ability.

“When you talk about Trevor Lawrence, what makes him so special is that he can do everything Mac Jones can and he’s athletic,” Weis said. “[Justin] Fields, really good player. Zach Wilson, really good player. The kid from North Dakota State [Trey Lance], really good player. . . . But this guy, [Jones], he’s the one making all the plays. All he does is win and throw completions.”

There it is. The “he’s a winner” argument. The age-old, chicken-and-egg question about quarterbacks. Does a history of winning in college have relevance at the NFL level?

The mere suggestion of wins counting as a quarterback stat triggers many. That said, a true leader at the position gets more out of his teammates. Look at the various tales and anecdotes arising from Tampa Bay regarding Tom Brady‘s influence on his teammates.

So should the Patriots, who drafted Brady 21 years ago, take Jones?

“I don’t want to be one of those people telling them how they are dumbasses if they don’t do that,” Weis told Reiss.

(Usually, I like to have the last word on stories like this. One official exception: Whenever someone quoted in the story uses the term “dumbasses.”)

17 responses to “Charlie Weis: Mac Jones has the two most important components of a quarterback

  1. I think what Mac has shown us with the level of his ability and success at Alabama, that he can win on a strong team and won’t get overwhelmed, but probably isn’t going to carry or elevate a bad one or mediocre one. So if there’s a team that’s “one QB away” he might be a solution for long-term success and even titles. But if i’m a 4-12 team, Mac is only going to make things worse.

  2. All American voltron Good stuff man couldn’t have said it better!! As a Lions fan we don’t need him got goff already lol But he we def fit a team like 9ers or Saints they are ready right now

  3. In my opinion, any time a team drafts a quarterback, regardless of what pick he’s taken with, it should be with a plan for him to sit for a year or two behind a capable starter. That formula has seemed to have the most success, including Brady and Rodgers.

  4. For players like Xavian Howard who want to renegotiate their contract, the cap coming down will put a crimp on that, even though the Dolphins do have money.

  5. I think Charlie Weis hit the nail on the head. Mac Jones reminds me alot of Tom Brady coming out of Michigan. How Brady lasted until the 6th round, suggests most NFL scouts and teams look at the wrong things.

  6. Weiss has no credibility specifically with quarterbacks coming out for the draft. He swore that Brady Quin would be a hall of gamer and that everyone who passed on him would regret it.

  7. Weiss has no credibility specifically with quarterbacks coming out for the draft. He swore that Brady Quinn would be a hall of famer and that every team that passed on him would regret it. I like Jones but Weiss is the wrong guy to have in your corner on this. Also, a guy has to prove himself. A player has “it” once he makes plays in games and big moments. That is how his teammates shows them he has “it”. Everyone forgets that it took the brilliance of Bellicheck to see what was special about Brady, long before any of his teammates believed in him.

  8. A player has “it” once he makes plays in games and big moments. That is how his teammates shows them he has “it”. Everyone forgets that it took the brilliance of Bellicheck to see what was special about Brady, long before any of his teammates believed in him.

  9. Will find out how much “it factor” Jones has shortly. He played on a loaded college football team.

  10. I wish the Cowboys would let Dak walk, keep Dalton, and draft Jones. They may even be able to trade down a couple of spots to still get him and get an additional pick.

  11. Mac Jones won’t get out of the 2nd round if he even makes it out of the first. Good to hear from Charlie Weis. It’s been forever since I’ve heard his name…

  12. Joe Burrow played on a loaded team in college and he turned out fine in the NFL. Mac Jones is not the athlete that Joe Burrow is but he throws with great anticipation and throws his receivers open and has a good arm. He reminds me of Matt Ryan coming out of college.

  13. Mac Jones abilities are being discounted because the mobile QB is the trend right now. One of the least mobile QBs in the league just won a Superbowl.

  14. No one knows what Joe Burrow is going to become after his injury so it is a bit premature to say he “turned out fine in the NFL”. Joe Burrow may never be the same again. As for Mac Jones it is tough to say how good he will be considering Alabama was loaded at WR, very good offensive line, stud RB just like they seem to be every season. Kyle Trask numbers were not far off from Jones and he did so playing with inferior talent (sans Kyle Pitts) and yet I hear no one talking about him like they are Jones.

  15. I like Jones’ game. He makes good decisions quick and executes. He does strike me as a Belichick type player.

    It wouldn’t shock me if Bill brings back Cam if he can field a strong D (and he will), a top notch offensive line, and some playmakers on offense. Their special teams were surprisingly good last year.

    Brady was relentless at sustaining drives with the Pats and not turning the ball over. If Bill believes Cam can do those two things with a year under his belt he will bring him back because he is a leader and thats hard to find in a rookie.

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