Josh McDaniels: Mac Jones deserves credit for being very well prepared each day

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones
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The Patriots have elected to go with the rookie at quarterback, with Mac Jones beating out Cam Newton for the job.

Once Jones was drafted, it was always a matter of when, not if, he would take over as QB1. But offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels explained part of why Jones earned the role now is the work he put into it over the course of the offseason and training camp.

“Well, I think it’s an evaluation when you look at the whole body of work since he got here,” McDaniels said, via Ryan Hannable of WEEI. “He really works hard. He puts a lot of time into it. He’s been well prepared each day to come in and do the things that we ask our guys to do. He’s learned how to operate what we’ve asked him to operate so far fairly well. And he’s improved. And he continues to make progress. He’s generally taken care of the football. And he’s given the other 10 guys on the field an opportunity to do their job effectively and produce positive plays.

“He still has a lot to learn and a long way to go in terms of where hopefully we end up going, but I really feel confident about his approach, his ability to learn, his ability to process information and really his ability to make a mistake and learn from those, too. Because that’s a never-ending process for every player. He generally — he’s a great listener and he tries not to make the same mistake twice. Not saying that he doesn’t do that at times, but I think he’s really shown a strong aptitude at a young age to try to put those mistakes behind him and then move on and try to continue to improve as a quarterback.”

McDaniels added that Jones has seen good examples of how to approach being an NFL player from his teammates and is perceptive in how to make those qualities work for him.

“Like I said, he is very well prepared each day. He deserves the credit for that,” McDaniels said. “He continues to put the game and the team first. He studies hard at the game. He tries to make the corrections that we coach him on and he goes out there and he tries to do it the right way. Never makes excuses and just continues to try and improve and make progress. That’s the best way for any of us to approach our jobs and he’s done that so far.”

26 responses to “Josh McDaniels: Mac Jones deserves credit for being very well prepared each day

  1. Week one he faces one of the best shut-down CBs in the NFL without his number one WR, let’s see how he prepares for that.

  2. Gag me with a spoon.

    Next, they will praise Mac Jones for how well he ties his shoes. To quote Vince Lombardi, “what the hell is going on?” Are the Patriots feeling guilty for unceremoniously releasing Cam Newton?

    In the 20 years that Brady & many other great players were winning titles for the Pats, I don’t recall even half as much praise bestowed on those Pats players.

  3. I’m STILL blown away that he fell to us at 15…. I mean we gave NOTHING away in draft capital to land him & that only helped us add key pieces to the team not only this year, but for all the upcoming drafts that will be crucial to put great players around him while he’s still on his rookie contract over the next 4-5 years….JUST AMAZING!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  4. Not trying to make a comparison between the two, but this is exactly what Brady was doing in his younger years. First to the complex in the morning, studying, learning, improving. If this kid can land somewhere between Bledsoe and Brady, the Pats will be in good shape for many years.

  5. “He continues to put the game and the team first.“


    Backhanded shot at Newton on that quote? Maybe.

  6. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    September 2, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Week one he faces one of the best shut-down CBs in the NFL without his number one WR, let’s see how he prepares for that.
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    Who do you think is the Patriots #1 receiver?

  7. Brady clone. First in, last out. Relentless in his preparation. A leader by example. With a loaded roster, a stout defense and Mac Jones, the Patriots will be Super Bowl contenders.

  8. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    September 2, 2021 at 9:28 am
    Week one he faces one of the best shut-down CBs in the NFL without his number one WR, let’s see how he prepares for that.
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    Harry is not his #1 receiver.

  9. As a fan of an opposing team in the division, I’ve been listening in terror to all of the hype around Mac. I decided to finally look at all of the highlights from preseason, and watched a replay of the Giants game.

    He’s fine, and made a few very nice throws – but man, are people rushing to conclusions. I watched Fields and Wilson also, and they looked equally as impressive.

    Not that any of that matters. I’ve seen many QB’s look amazing in preseason for Buffalo. More than I’d care to count.

    I tend to doubt other teams will regret passing on him. I also doubt that NE will regret taking him. He’s not the best of his class (right now), but he IS best for the Patriots system and for the kind of player BB likes to coach.

    He has a great line & running game, which will benefit him more than the others. But people should reign it in a bit until he faces an actual defense.

  10. Week one he faces one of the best shut-down CBs in the NFL without his number one WR, let’s see how he prepares for that.
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    I’m gonna give you a mulligan and say you meant Edelman who retired…cuz if you meant Harry, you are not paying attention.

  11. He studies the defensive play book in order to help him understand what defenses are trying to do. That shows commitment to the position.

  12. But people should reign it in a bit until he faces an actual defense.’

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    When the Bills drafted Allen, every single Bills fan proclaimed him a superstar before he played even one preseason game. I mean, the guy could “throw a football over them mountains!”

    Why should Pats fans reign it in when Bills fans didnt?

  13. Mac Jones won’t wow you with his many of his throws or athleticism, but he will run the offense as smoothly as any QB not named Brady could. The Patriots offense will be a nightmare for teams in the league.

  14. “But people should reign it in a bit until he faces an actual defense.’

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    When the Bills drafted Allen, every single Bills fan proclaimed him a superstar before he played even one preseason game. I mean, the guy could “throw a football over them mountains!”

    Why should Pats fans reign it in when Bills fans didnt?”

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    Not sure which Bills fans you heard. There was fierce debate on Allen amongst the fanbase straight up through last year.

    The day he was drafted, the Bills boards had a lot of groans. I’d say that the majority were arguing that we drafted “the wrong Josh,” which some kind of joke about now.

    Whereas in New England, we heard the same thing that we’re hearing about Mac about Jimmy G (who I think is pretty good), and Stidham. Even when Cam was acquired, the hype was through the roof.

    I think it’s the experiences of both fanbases. Bills fans, until the current Allen era, have been conditioned to expect disappointment, where Pats fans feel like they’re going to be on top forever.

  15. Bill B. Will be a joke, horrible decision. Everyone forgets that Bill Belichick was a disaster as a head coach in Cleveland and before Tom Brady!

  16. I like “The floor is Kirk Cousins, and the ceiling is Drew Brees” analogy, but I think that is more about the physical side. On the behavioral and mental/emotional side, it does sound Brady-ish. It’s all encouraging, but time will be the judge. Brady wasn’t Brady right away, though you could clearly see the signs early. Perhaps it is deja vu all over again with MJ. Make it so Number 10. Make it so.

  17. Brady wasn’t Brady right away,

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    Brady was Brady SINCE 2001, the difference was that the group of receivers before 2007 was too pathetic, that is why he scored around “ONLY” 380 points in 160 games, ranked between #5 and #10. Since 2007, with better talents around him, his offense was always among top 4.

  18. Not sure which Bills fans you heard

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    The majority of them on this site. They were saying he was going to be probowl before evn taking a snap. The hype was huge. Maybe you werent here then? Because if you were, it was ridiculous.

  19. Whereas in New England, we heard the same thing that we’re hearing about Mac about Jimmy G (who I think is pretty good), and Stidham. Even when Cam was acquired, the hype was through the roof.

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    Seriously? And Bills fans dont do the same exact thing? Are you kidding me? How many times I have read this year from Bills fans that their second string is better than most teams first strings….and its been that

    The only difference is that Pats articles here get 100 views and comments if a ball boy stubs his toe.,….whereas the Bills articles get 15 comments when their star player gets mentioned…..unless of course its Beasley, then the whole internet shows up.

    Go read the comments on a Bills article….it will be chock full of chest thumping from Bills fans.

  20. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    September 2, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Mac Jones won’t wow you with his many of his throws
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    Did you watch any of the pre-season? He was as accurate as anyone I’ve ever seen. It was bizarre. Hitting everyone right in the hands, though N’Keal Harry, Gunner and Kristian Wilkerson couldn’t catch them anyway.

  21. Hes going to suck and then get hurt. Bill Belichick is the most overrated head coach in the NFL. He be average at best without Tom Brady.

  22. McDaniels deserves some credit, too. It’s been a while since the Patriots have actually had to coach a QB. But I’m sure they’ve learned something from being around Brady all those years. McDaniels has probably been looking forward to this moment for years. He’s never going to get any credit for Brady, and he probably isn’t worried about that. But he’s a coach, and it’s nice to be able to coach a young guy, especially one who’s willing to work hard.

  23. dantheman says:
    September 2, 2021 at 7:36 pm
    Hes going to suck and then get hurt. Bill Belichick is the most overrated head coach in the NFL. He be average at best without Tom Brady.
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    That might be true, but he had Brady, and he won six super bowls. Lots of HOF coaches never won anything with their own HOF QB. Belichick didn’t invent that. How good was Vince Lombardi or Bill Walsh without their HOF QB’s? So Bill doesn’t need to apologize for anything. But lots of the HOF coaches would have found a way to let their ego’s get in the way, long before the sixth super bowl victory. I’m not a fan of Belichick’s, but I’ve been watching coaches for decades. The one’s with the best QB’s win the super bowls.

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