Mac Jones “learning the hard way” how the NFL works

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Patriots quarterback Mac Jones had his ups and downs in Sunday’s overtime loss to the Cowboys and they could be illustrated by a two-play sequence late in the fourth quarter.

Jones tried a pass to wide receiver Kendrick Bourne that Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs picked off and returned for a touchdown that put his team in the lead. Jones went back to Bourne the next play and hit a 75-yard touchdown that put the Patriots back in front. The Cowboys would tie the game and then score a touchdown after forcing a Patriots punt on the first possession of overtime.

Jones also lost a fumble on a Randy Gregory sack early in the game and said after the game that he has to recognize “that feeling that something might be going bad, just throw it away, call a time-out or figure it out and just try not to make a bad play worse.”

“I left a lot of plays on the field, but we did fight hard,” Jones said. “When you look at the big picture, you never want to say you’re close, and it’s hard to do that, but the games that we’ve lost we’ve been two or three plays away, and I guess it’s just how the NFL works, and I’m learning that the hard way.”

The Patriots are now 0-4 at home this season and they’ll try for their first win on their field against the Jets next Sunday. They beat the Jets on the road in Week Two and making it a sweep would be a welcome rebound from a painful loss on Sunday.

21 responses to “Mac Jones “learning the hard way” how the NFL works

  1. Mac had some rough moments, and that sack was brutal, total breakdown of coverage. But this loss falls squarely on the defense’s inability to stop Dallas. Plain and simple. Mac played well enough to win it and the defense couldn’t stop a snail on a cold February day.

  2. Jones looks as good as you can hope. He’s made a few mistakes but he’s shown he can rebound from it really quick. Coaching staff needs to let him throw it downfield more.

  3. They beat the Jets and the Texans refused to win against them. Essentially the Patriots are 0-5.

  4. Jones has been the bright spot on a team that learned to lose last year, and now cant figure out how to win. Whenever there is a big play in the game, you know that NE will come up short. Week after week after week, especially on defense.

  5. mixjuan says:
    October 18, 2021 at 7:52 am
    Mac had some rough moments, and that sack was brutal, total breakdown of coverage. But this loss falls squarely on the defense’s inability to stop Dallas. Plain and simple. Mac played well enough to win it and the defense couldn’t stop a snail on a cold February day.

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    No, this loss was squarely on the NE coaching staff…

  6. The defense kept us in it Bentley made an amazing play at the end of the first half. Mac played good again he doesn’t rattle the kid gives us a chance to win every game. They just have to clean up the penalties and turnovers the will and determination are there this team is hungry I love watching the youngsters develop.

  7. Guess there’s more to winning than having a QB with a decent arm, spending a bunch on free agents, and having an experienced coaching staff.

    Brady’s impact on the Buccaneers & his absence from the Pats prove what GirthBrooks wrote above — “learning to lose” and “figuring out how to win” — are real factors.

  8. Do you really think he’s been outstanding so far? In what way? He has 7 TDSs to 6 INTs. The offense is bottom third in scoring. He’s been good considering the situation he’s been put in, but I’d hardly call is outstanding.
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    touchback6 says:
    October 18, 2021 at 8:33 am
    outstanding play so far

  9. Angel Valle says:
    October 18, 2021 at 9:16 am
    The defense kept us in it Bentley made an amazing play at the end of the first half. Mac played good again he doesn’t rattle the kid gives us a chance to win every game. They just have to clean up the penalties and turnovers the will and determination are there this team is hungry I love watching the youngsters develop.

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    Yup. That was a great play. Right after the play where Prescott was in by about 4 feet.

  10. Patriots fans are now realizing just how crucial situational awareness and performing under pressure is. For so many years, we always had confidence that in close games late, Brady would manage everything perfectly and the rest of the team would do its job. Now, it is a new generation of players who must learn that, and as Mac said, the learning curve is steep.

    I like what I see from Mac, but they must continue to progress week by week. Clearly, the Patriots are not going anywhere this season, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the season isn’t very valuable from a developmental standpoint. I am looking for some “breakthrough” moments that will pay dividends in 2022 and beyond.

    For you younger Patriots fans who have never known losing, I will tell you this Patriots team is still way better than the teams I rooted for as a kid in the 70s and 80s. They will be OK with Mac, but being a rookie in the NFL is no joke.

  11. nygiantsownbrady says:

    No, this loss was squarely on the NE coaching staff…

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    I can’t agree with you more. Get Steve “The Facemaker” Belichick out of there. And whatever Matt Patricia is doing to screw up the defense, get him to stop or toss him as well. This is not a BB defense by any stretch and I think nepotism is a huge reason why.

  12. There are too many new pieces on offense and a rookie QB to be good early. Add to that Mac Jones was named the starter late in training camp and never really developed chemistry with the starting offense he is playing with now. They will gel by November.

  13. It’s a “BB defense” by virtue of the fact that he allows it to happen, nepotism or not. Every call can be overridden by the head coach at any time. If he thinks it’s a bad idea, he should step in. If he doesn’t, that’s on him.

  14. The Pats can certainly build around Jones. He’s been impressive for a rookie.

    I was hoping they’d have a long fruitless search to find a replacement for Brady. Mac won’t be as good, but I’d be surprised if he isn’t their long-term guy.

  15. I think the good news is for the first time in a long time, the best players on the field for the Patriots are mostly the young ones. Jones, JC Jackson, Hunter Henry, Damien Harris, Judon (still in his 20s at least). Without the GOAT and with maybe the best team in the NFL (Bills) in your own division, you don’t expect to play in the AFCCG every year. But you hope they can win a ring in the next 3 years of Jones on his rookie deal. Need to fix the O-line, and ball security, they could be 5-1 with wins over the SB champion Bucs and the loaded Cowboys.

  16. mutantclover says:
    October 18, 2021 at 12:02 pm
    I think the good news is for the first time in a long time, the best players on the field for the Patriots are mostly the young ones. Jones, JC Jackson, Hunter Henry, Damien Harris, Judon (still in his 20s at least). Without the GOAT and with maybe the best team in the NFL (Bills) in your own division, you don’t expect to play in the AFCCG every year. But you hope they can win a ring in the next 3 years of Jones on his rookie deal. Need to fix the O-line, and ball security, they could be 5-1 with wins over the SB champion Bucs and the loaded Cowboys.

    Jones is decent but I cannot see him winning a SB in the next 3 years with the many great QBs & teams out there right now. Mahomes (even with his yips right now); Joe Burrow; Justin Herbert; Lamar Jackson (playing better than he has since he joined the NFL); Josh Allen; Kyler Murray; Dak Prescott not to mention Brady, Rodgers & Wilson.

  17. I think that Jones will be just fine with time. Things will slow down for him eventually. What worries me is a HC/GM who traded away Gilmore,Michel and a few other key pieces for basically nothing. Some of his decisions are real head scratchers. What is BB doing and why does Kraft keep putting up with it?

  18. Moral victories don’t count in the win column!! Plus why spend 160$ million in free agency if it doesn’t help your team??? Bb worse gm in league.. his ego is why TB12 left.. now he’s back to being less than a.500 coach !! FACTS ARE FACTS!!!

  19. I vividly remember the “rebuilding” process during the late 80s. The Patriots are obviously in that mode again, but it’s much easier to watch this time around. If anything it actually might be a bit more gut-wrenching only because they’re not completely inept like last time around. Let’s consider ourselves lucky that our new “rebuilding” mode is likely to yield a .500ish record, and not something like 1-16. There are no moral victories, but playing tough teams close will help them down the road.

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