Mac Jones: Definitely a lot of things to clean up after Week One

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Patriots quarterback Mac Jones wasn’t thrilled after making his debut on Sunday, saying after New England’s 17-16 loss to Miami that the game “definitely wasn’t good enough, starting with me.”

In his weekly Monday appearance on WEEI’s Merloni & Fauria show, Jones said there are “definitely a lot of things to clean up” after watching the film. But the quarterback wasn’t too negative about the situation.

“[N]othing to hang our head [over] at this point,” Jones said. “We’ve watched the film and we’re just excited to move forward. It’s one game. It sucks to lose. Nobody wants to lose. We’re going to do everything we can to not have that happen. Opening Day, rookie year, check box by that, and we’re going to keep working.”

Jones finished his first start 29-of-39 passing for 281 yards with a touchdown, overall faring pretty well in the first start of his career. But Jones isn’t taking away any personal moral victory from the contest.

“For me, it’s just about winning and losing,” Jones said. “For all of us it’s about winning and losing. It takes all the people on the field, so there are going to be games when I won’t play as well and hopefully we can pull it off. That’s what we need to do — work together as a unit and we will. But, it’s really not an individual sport. It’s kind of hard to sit there and raise one finger or another.”

The quarterback’s next chance to win will be on Sunday against the Jets, in what should be the first of many matchups between Jones and fellow rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.

43 responses to “Mac Jones: Definitely a lot of things to clean up after Week One

  1. Get used to losing, Mac. You joined the old Pats, not the newer version from the last few years tat wins. Maybe have a chance to fight for a wildcard in a few years. Buffalo and Miami are loaded and will dominate the division for the foreseeable future.

  2. His leadership certainly blows away Newton’s as does everything else.
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    Sure does. Also blows away the Pats QB of the future – Stidham.

  3. dw11 says:
    September 14, 2021 at 12:04 pm
    His leadership certainly blows away Newton’s as does everything else.
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    Sure does. Also blows away the Pats QB of the future – Stidham.

    1 2 Rate This

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    Never cared about the name on the jersey, just the skill set. Stidham will make a fine #2 for the same reason as to why Jones was drafted.

    Love me some QBs that BB works with. Great results for 20 years+. Testaverde certainly aporeciated it, too. Saved his career.

  4. Olyhawkguy says:
    September 14, 2021 at 12:02 pm
    Get used to losing, Mac. You joined the old Pats, not the newer version from the last few years tat wins. Maybe have a chance to fight for a wildcard in a few years. Buffalo and Miami are loaded and will dominate the division for the foreseeable future.

    That one year dynasty still hurts…

  5. No one dominates this division. Miami is average, and Buffalo needs to prove it to me this year.

  6. I like Mac. He says all of the right things & seems like a cool dude.

    Too bad I have to root for him to fail for the next decade+.

  7. Going from Saban to Belicheck is probably the least disruptive situation a young QB can be in. They both set a higher standard than anyone else.

  8. Olyhawkguy says:
    September 14, 2021 at 12:02 pm
    Get used to losing, Mac. You joined the old Pats, not the newer version from the last few years tat wins. Maybe have a chance to fight for a wildcard in a few years. Buffalo and Miami are loaded and will dominate the division for the foreseeable future.

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    Did I miss the 1 point win after a fumble within FG range?

  9. Penalties and turnovers – the 2 things Bill hates most. I bet he was in rare form in the film session.

  10. Olyhawkguy says:
    September 14, 2021 at 12:02 pm
    Get used to losing, Mac. You joined the old Pats, not the newer version from the last few years tat wins. Maybe have a chance to fight for a wildcard in a few years. Buffalo and Miami are loaded and will dominate the division for the foreseeable future.

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    The old Pats from when exactly? They made the Super Bowl in 1996 after Kraft bought the team. That was 25 years ago. The Bills and fins haven’t had one better season than the 1996 Patriots in that time. The old Pats are the new Pats as long as Kraft is the owner.

  11. Tom Brady in his first season as starter was primarily a ball control quarterback who handed the ball off to his running backs. Having to throw 39 times in his first start shows that New England has no running game.

  12. I saw a young QB that has nothing to be ashamed of…growing pains are a given. Mac Jones went from superior coaching at Alabama to superior coaching in New England. If I’m a Pats fan,I’m really excited about this kid and the future of my team.

  13. californianewton says:
    September 14, 2021 at 12:58 pm
    Tom Brady in his first season as starter was primarily a ball control quarterback who handed the ball off to his running backs. Having to throw 39 times in his first start shows that New England has no running game.
    +–

    yet they had 30 carries for 125 yards
    Harris 23 carries for 100 yards but “they have no running game”

    Brilliant!!!

  14. Never cared about the name on the jersey, just the skill set. Stidham will make a fine #2 for the same reason as to why Jones was drafted.

    Love me some QBs that BB works with. Great results for 20 years+. Testaverde certainly aporeciated it, too. Saved his career.
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    Sure just the skill set. Once you start believing somebody is a diva you forget about skill set. What fantastic example – you are going with a QB who had a 90-123-1 record to show how great BB is with QBs. He was barley a .500 QB for the Browns and Jets.

  15. The old Pats from when exactly? They made the Super Bowl in 1996 after Kraft bought the team. That was 25 years ago.

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    The offense system in 1996 was totally different from the current system Belichick and McDaniel are trying to implement. The offense system in 1996 was vertical passing with Bledsoe and Terry Glenn.

    The offense system in 2000 is similar to the one now, in which QB has to move the chains little by little. You can see from Sunday’s game that offense needed lot of good plays and lot of 3rd down conversion to score. Hence even with 75% completion rate and 11/16 3rd down and 36+ minutes, the offense scored only 16 points (at most 24 without the fumble)

    Mac Jones is very intelligent, but he is not smart enough to succeed in Brady’s system. Pats are on the way to where they were in 2000.

  16. touchback6 says:
    September 14, 2021 at 12:18 pm
    dw11 says:
    September 14, 2021 at 12:04 pm
    His leadership certainly blows away Newton’s as does everything else.
    —————-

    Sure does. Also blows away the Pats QB of the future – Stidham.

    1 2 Rate This

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    Never cared about the name on the jersey, just the skill set. Stidham will make a fine #2 for the same reason as to why Jones was drafted.

    Love me some QBs that BB works with. Great results for 20 years+. Testaverde certainly aporeciated it, too. Saved his career.

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    Actually yes you did. You were trying to convince everyone that Stidham was the next great one

  17. “The old Pats from when exactly? They made the Super Bowl in 1996 after Kraft bought the team. That was 25 years ago. The Bills and fins haven’t had one better season than the 1996 Patriots in that time. The old Pats are the new Pats as long as Kraft is the owner.”
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    The Patriots had an amazing run. And it may not be over.

    But the evidence to this point is that it was the lightning-in-a-bottle combo of BB and Brady that fueled that run. Only Brady has shown that he can succeed without the other.

    While I think BB is the best coach ever, I have always questioned his GM skills, and so far, he doesn’t look like a world beater without the GOAT QB. The Pats last season and last week reminded me more of drought-era Bills – making mistakes at the end of games to give them away, and struggling to put away lesser teams.

    I do think they’ll be a competitive team as long as BB is HC, but the Pats haven’t been formidable since they let Brady go.

  18. I do think they’ll be a competitive team as long as BB is HC.

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    You got it right. Pats were competitive because of Brady’s ability of scoring 24 or more with whoever Belichick gave to him, which almost guaranteed the wins over average and bad teams, and always in the games against good teams (often down to how Brady played later in the games)

    Without such offense, Belichick’s defense scared no team, even the worst teams in the league (because his defense was not about shutting down opponents, but taking out the best playmakers, which opened the door for others to score 13-20 points).

  19. You can just sense the fear from the rest of the division after seeing Mac handle himself in week 1. Anyone who saw his performance (against a good Miami defense) and thinks he isnt going to be a really good QB is either lying to themselves, or has no clue about football. He will never be Tom Brady, no one will ever be Tom Brady. But this kid can play. And he is certainly good enough to win in this league. Its year one.

  20. dw11 says:
    September 14, 2021 at 1:13 pm
    Never cared about the name on the jersey, just the skill set. Stidham will make a fine #2 for the same reason as to why Jones was drafted.

    Love me some QBs that BB works with. Great results for 20 years+. Testaverde certainly aporeciated it, too. Saved his career.
    ——————-

    Sure just the skill set. Once you start believing somebody is a diva you forget about skill set. What fantastic example – you are going with a QB who had a 90-123-1 record to show how great BB is with QBs. He was barley a .500 QB for the Browns and Jets.

    3 4 Rate This

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    He was never the coach of the Jets. You people are creepy.

    He was 14-6 in NE last year with a qb of his choosing not named Brady.

    Not sure what his record was in Cleveland with Testaverde but they were 11-5 in Cleveland in ‘94 and Vinny was a Pro Bowler by ‘96. Facts.

    BB or NO coach should be penalized when they can’t even pick their own QB.

    Rewriting history or lying ourtight won’t work.

  21. ztoa says:
    September 14, 2021 at 2:36 pm
    I do think they’ll be a competitive team as long as BB is HC.

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    You got it right. Pats were competitive because of Brady’s ability of scoring 24 or more with whoever Belichick gave to him, which almost guaranteed the wins over average and bad teams, and always in the games against good teams (often down to how Brady played later in the games)

    Without such offense, Belichick’s defense scared no team, even the worst teams in the league (because his defense was not about shutting down opponents, but taking out the best playmakers, which opened the door for others to score 13-20 points).

    0 0 Rate This

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    What happened in sb 42 and 46? Brady sucked and was a liability in the 2007 and 2011 postaeasons and acted like he was great with his fanboys in tow.

    BB had enough and worked on grooming JimmyG.

    Scared Brady, didn’t it?

    Thanks BB. Thanks for everything. Brady Snowflake Millennial can pretend his perfect all day long. He isn’t.

  22. touchback6 says:
    September 14, 2021 at 12:18 pm
    dw11 says:
    September 14, 2021 at 12:04 pm
    His leadership certainly blows away Newton’s as does everything else.
    —————-
    Sure does. Also blows away the Pats QB of the future – Stidham.
    1 2 Rate This
    —————-
    Never cared about the name on the jersey, just the skill set. Stidham will make a fine #2 for the same reason as to why Jones was drafted.
    Love me some QBs that BB works with. Great results for 20 years+. Testaverde certainly aporeciated it, too. Saved his career.
    ==============================================================================
    Belichick had little to do with Testaverde outside of giving him a chance to play, and Testaverde wasn’t all that great with Belichick and the Browns in his three years there, including throwing more INT’s than TD’s in one season. Some people like to perpetuate the silly myth that Bill Belichick is some kind of quarterback whispereror offensive genius. He is neither. Belichick drafted Tom Brady, and gave him an opportunity. Belichick didn’t teach Tom Brady how to be a quarterback, and credit Charlie Weis with the offensive system, and Belichick’s abilities as a head coach and defensive coach in overseeing the team and establishing a culture.

  23. You can just sense the fear from the rest of the division

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    Ya, they should expect Mac Jones 75% completion rate, 11/16 3rd down, and 36+ minutes every game.

  24. Thanks BB. Thanks for everything. Brady Snowflake Millennial can pretend his perfect all day long. He isn’t.

    this guy is weird

  25. ztoa says:
    September 14, 2021 at 3:01 pm
    You can just sense the fear from the rest of the division

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    Ya, they should expect Mac Jones 75% completion rate, 11/16 3rd down, and 36+ minutes every game.

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    You understand the highest completion percentage from every QB in week 1 was exactly 78.3%? At 74.4% completion percentage ranked Mac Jones 6th. Oh and that 68.75% 3rd down percentage rate ranked exactly 3rd in week 1.

  26. It was a good game plan that was Taylor made for what they wanted to do. Eat up the clock, play big (fb and te heavy sets) and take your shots with your new TEs.

    The problem? Turnovers and failure to score TDs in the red zone.

    Miami OC on the other hand, will be Flores Achilles heel. His 3rd in 3 year years.

  27. You understand the highest completion percentage from every QB in week 1 was exactly 78.3%?

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    They all scored 27 or more. You think a QB can sustain no INT, 74%, 11/16 on 3rd down plus 36 minutes? OK.

  28. BB had enough and worked on grooming JimmyG.

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    Who told you he groomed Jimmy G? With Cam being cut and Belichick never gave him any advice during the games in 2020, it is pretty obvious that Pats QB were not coached by Belichick.

  29. “Mac Jones is very intelligent, but he is not smart enough to succeed in Brady’s system. Pats are on the way to where they were in 2000.”

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    Brady has had 20 years (thousands upon thousands of hours) to become “smart” at football. And he no doubt has done that.

    I think Mac Jones decision-making and care of the football so far is way ahead of just about anyone who has completed exactly 1 NFL game. He’s shown nothing to the contrary. Saying he’s not “smart enough”? Based on what??

    In addition, comparing anyone to Brady and his unparalleled success is ridiculous.

  30. Brady has had 20 years (thousands upon thousands of hours) to become “smart” at football. And he no doubt has done that.

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    He was able to produce top offense SINCE 2001. The only reason he scored “ONLY” 380 points before 2007 was that he didn’t have good WR group.

    Since 2007, with better WR group, his offense was among top 4 every season except #6 in 2009 season (with 427 points)

  31. ztoa says:
    September 14, 2021 at 4:11 pm
    You understand the highest completion percentage from every QB in week 1 was exactly 78.3%?

    ——————————————–

    They all scored 27 or more. You think a QB can sustain no INT, 74%, 11/16 on 3rd down plus 36 minutes? OK.
    ====================
    I’m not saying it was perfect. I’m merely calling out the fact that a 75% completion and 3rd down rate could have just easily scored 27 or more. The fact also remains it was good enough to win barring the fumble within FG range.

  32. karmakalled, turkeycreekjackjohnson,

    Mac Jones had a great game, because he scored only 16 points (at most 24 without the fumble), that is where the problem is.

    When a QB has a great game and opponent scores only 17 points, it should be an easy win, like Broncos beat Giants. It is not good sign that the team struggles to win even when its QB has a great game.

  33. He was never the coach of the Jets. You people are creepy. He was 14-6 in NE last year with a qb of his choosing not named Brady. Not sure what his record was in Cleveland with Testaverde but they were 11-5 in Cleveland in ‘94 and Vinny was a Pro Bowler by ‘96. Facts. BB or NO coach should be penalized when they can’t even pick their own QB. Rewriting history or lying ourtight won’t work.
    ——————

    I know BB was not the HC of the Jets. He was the Asst HC and DC. Don’t you normally make fun of Pro Bowlers. Testeverde sure deserved that one with his 4-12 record in 96. BB also had a losing record in Cleveland. Fact!

    You lie more than anybody on here. The stuff you make up out of the ether is hysterical. You calling anyone creepy is the best of all. You are supposedly a grown man that is infatuated with Belichick’s every move. You are equally infatuated with Brady on a much weirder level. Your creep status is cemented.

  34. ztoa says:
    September 14, 2021 at 5:18 pm
    karmakalled, turkeycreekjackjohnson,

    Mac Jones had a great game, because he scored only 16 points (at most 24 without the fumble), that is where the problem is.

    When a QB has a great game and opponent scores only 17 points, it should be an easy win, like Broncos beat Giants. It is not good sign that the team struggles to win even when its QB has a great game

    ——-

    It’s his first game ever. Repeat: first game ever. It’s a really “good sign” that he looks more than competent and poised. Very accurate and the moment didn’t faze him at all. We have a real quarterback here. BTW, If Harris doesn’t get stripped, the Pats win. (I hate “ifs” and not making excuses for the loss—just making the point and not taking away from the fact Miami won the game—they deserved the win)

  35. ztoa says:
    September 14, 2021 at 5:18 pm
    karmakalled, turkeycreekjackjohnson,

    Mac Jones had a great game, because he scored only 16 points (at most 24 without the fumble), that is where the problem is.

    When a QB has a great game and opponent scores only 17 points, it should be an easy win, like Broncos beat Giants. It is not good sign that the team struggles to win even when its QB has a great game.

    ===============

    It’s … ONE … game

    sheesh

    He was in position to win the game despite 2 costly turnovers.

    The Patriots are beatable even if\when Mac Jones plays well. All Pats fans understand that already. It’s wholly unrealistic to expect a rookie QV after 1 game to be able to put the team on his back and win despite talent and consistency issues. At least give him the chance to build a body of work before sending up warning signals.

  36. Mac did look good but let’s not forget who the coaching staff is. Watch the tape and his dudes were schemed wide open to protect him. Didn’t have to do too much to hit the open man. It doesn’t get any easier from here. Teams will get tape and make adjustments to make him beat them. The only way he has himself a great rookie season is if the Pats continue to run the ball well and play sound defense. He’s still getting all the praise even in a loss. That will change.

  37. Great attitude from Mac. He is already showing better leadership than some of the previous QBs.

  38. lowlyfinfan88 says:
    September 14, 2021 at 8:46 pm
    Mac did look good but let’s not forget who the coaching staff is. Watch the tape and his dudes were schemed wide open to protect him. Didn’t have to do too much to hit the open man. It doesn’t get any easier from here. Teams will get tape and make adjustments to make him beat them. The only way he has himself a great rookie season is if the Pats continue to run the ball well and play sound defense. He’s still getting all the praise even in a loss. That will change.

    EVERY tries to scheme to “get his guys open” Thats what they are supposed to do
    but to say thats why he was good is not true..

    credit goes to Mac too

    completed 14 of 18 for 124 vs the blitz (sacked one time)
    converted 7 of 10 for 71 yards and a TD while pressured..

    that is Jones making the correct reads..

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