Bill Belichick: Mac Jones has a pretty good understanding of what we do

Patriots Draft Pick Mac Jones
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While Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are likely to be immediate starters, that’s probably not the case at this point for the other 2021 first-round picks at quarterback.

New England selected Mac Jones at No. 15 overall but have Cam Newton, who could, in theory, hold the starting job throughout 2021.

Still, head coach Bill Belichick said Friday that Jones is picking up the offense as the team goes through the offseason program.

“I think Mac has a pretty good understanding of the things that we do,” Belichick said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “He has to go out there and do them and get comfortable with them, so it’s a process. We’ve had a number of other players at that quarterback position come in and go through that. Some, it starts a little slower and then picks up. Sometimes it starts a little higher and slows down. We’ll just have to see how it goes.

“He’s working hard and he puts in a lot of time. Certainly giving his very best effort to do everything we’ve asked him to do and do it the way we’ve asked him to do it, which is a great place to start. He’s earned a lot of respect for that. But he has a long way to go. We’ll see how it goes.”

With Newton on the roster, Jones won’t have to play until he’s ready. The rookie signal-caller may be earning Belichick’s respect, but that’s far from earning the full-time role as QB1.

26 responses to “Bill Belichick: Mac Jones has a pretty good understanding of what we do

  1. Here is to not seeing this kid until 2022 when he takes the league by storm

  2. Queue the “But has he learned how to cheat?” comments in 3…2…1…

  3. Just manage the game don’t turn over the football and hit a wide open player. If Cam could do that they wouldve won 10 games last year, but he was missing guys every game and couldn’t ask him to do much but take off (and he is not the same player he was).

  4. The Erhardt/Perkins system is complex to learn. Brady is probably the most intellectual QB of all time, and he didn’t have it mastered until his fourth year at least, and before anybody says he was the starter from year two and won his first Super Bowl, real Patriot fans know what I’m talking about and how little they put on his plate those first two years especially. If he starts at all this year, their season has gone totally off the rails, or Newton has been severely injured.

  5. In Bill We Trust. Did you notice that with Trevor Lawrence off the table and 100% going number on in draft that Mac Jones was the only Pro Day Belichick attended. Josh McDaniels and Patriots scouts attended pro days of Wilson Fields and Lance BUT NOT Belichick. I believe Belichick sees that Jones Intelligence pocket presence accuracy work ethic and character and field vision is perfect for Patriots offensive system.

    Belichick also got 100% endorsement from best friend Nick Saban on Jones as a leader and teammate. Belichick does not care about running ability or athletic ability in a QB. he wants accuracy decision making under pressure ball security and -making the throws the team needs. Jones checks all the boxes for Belichick.

    It will take some time but Belichick seems happy and nowhere near retirement because he knows in Jones he has franchise QB he can win with. Add a top defense running game and offensive line and future is brigth to be competitive again.

  6. The Erhardt/Perkins system is complex to learn. Brady is probably the most intellectual QB of all time, and he didn’t have it mastered until his fourth year at least,

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    Brady was able to turn cheap receivers since 2001. In 2002, he threw 600+ passes and produced top 10 offense though Troy Brown was out for 2.5 games. They had #4 offense in 2004 because they had a RB of 1500+ yards and Brady didn’t have to throw as often.

    BTW, the system was Brady’s system, and it is fundamentally different from any other offense system because a completed pass doesn’t yield first down.

  7. Patriots got a steal in Mac Jones. He and Trevor Lawrence will be really good NFL QBs. Wilson, Fields, and North Dakota St guy not so much

  8. realfootballfan says:
    June 4, 2021 at 11:10 am

    yes – Brady did not master the system in the early years but he was a master of not turning the ball over and that’s how they won along with running the football and defense.

    Whether its Cam or Mac the winning formula is the same. run the football, set up the play action and RB/TE screens, play defense and don’t turn it over

  9. Brady did not master the system in the early years but he was a master of not turning the ball over and that’s how they won along with running the football and defense

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    Pats didn’t have running game in early years except 2004. Produce top offense by not turning ball over?

    BTW, top 10 offense was the reason Pats made playoff in 2001; and Brady had 5 comeback wins in 2003. It was Brady’s system all the time.

  10. That is pretty high praise from Belichick for any player let alone an OTA rookie. The Belichick Carrot-Stick Contrarian Indicator is flashing Mac Jones is struggling.

  11. Ah the offseason. Where every team is optimistic. Every player is in the best shape of their life. Every rookie looks great and promising. And every time I hear it I draft the kid in my fantasy league and get burned.

  12. The Patriots dynasty hit rock bottom at 7-9 last year. That would actually be a good year for the Jets. Anyway, the quarterback situation and the defense should both be much improved this year.

  13. Read following, it shows how IGNRORANT Belichick and Pats coaches were on what made the offense system work with Brady, then how on earth did they teach Brady without knowing what was the hardest part of the system?

    Pats QB coach opens up about Newton’s recent struggles

    — “There’s clearly some times that we haven’t PULLED THE TRIGGER FAST ENOUGH and therefore we’re hitching a couple extra times or holding onto the ball a little bit longer than we would like to, and that kind of can cause many things,” Fisch said. “It can cause a negative play, a sack, an interception, an incompletion, a late throw.”

  14. I’m VERY SLOWLY coming to terms with the reality of Cam being our starter this year….( I just thru up in my mouth a little bit there)… but it’s probably what’s best for Mac in terms of the BIG PICTURE….let Mac learn behind the scenes & grow more comfortable with all aspects of the system & playbook as he sharpens his skills & strengthens his body in the weight room…..
    I just PRAY that Stidham, with a full & normal off season, can get some good reps in & makes what really would be that 2nd year leap (last year was an aberration that just wasn’t conducive for that type of growth) & pushes Cam for the starting role so well that he remains on the team to play in case Cam gets hurt or continues to self destruct in his abilities to play QB & MAC still can stay in full learning mode till next year….
    I’d honestly like to see Cam play well but I honestly believe he is NOW very limited as a passer & that combined with his poor ability to read a defense & check down to the proper hot read will lead him to again just take off & run…. & THAT only hurts our skill position RB’s, TE’s & WR’s because that is not the type of QB the Pats offense is geared to have leading it……

  15. I take Belichick at his word when he says we’ll see what happens. I don’t think they were completely sold on Jones, even on draft day. They didn’t trade up to get him. Even a few spots. There’s footage of the Pats draft room where Belichick and others were hemming and hawing about the pick(you good with this?). Hopefully, lightning CAN strike twice. I really wouldn’t go by a week of non contact, half speed OTAs.

  16. Wow that really doesn’t sound too encouraging does it. Ya he kind of gets it, isn’t exactly a glowing review.

  17. oscarxray says:
    June 4, 2021 at 11:57 am
    That is pretty high praise from Belichick for any player let alone an OTA rookie. The Belichick Carrot-Stick Contrarian Indicator is flashing Mac Jones is struggling.
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    I agree, it’s unusual for Bill not to turn a question about ANY player into an answer about the general position. The fact that he was willing to acknowledge that Jones is deep into the playbook is noteworthy. But I don’t believe it’s a carrot. By all accounts the rookie is hitting everyone on the hands, in stride and generally having an impressive camp. Belichick MAY be talking to his team with these comments more than us.

  18. Mac Jones really hasn’t got much to beat to get the starting job, Cam hasn’t been the same since he was worked out by the Broncho’s defence in the Superbowl and done little since.

    As he continued to prove last season, sad but he’s done

  19. Brady and Rogers are great at protecting the football. You almost never see Brady overthrow a target over the middle with coverage behind him.

    Despite all the talk about Cam bouncing throws, Brady purposely threw low balls away from defenders and I have seen him bounce a few.

  20. Despite all the talk about Cam bouncing throws, Brady purposely threw low balls away from defenders and I have seen him bounce a few.
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    The HUGE difference there is that Brady meant to do it….. Cam was not!!!

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