Jonnu Smith: We know we’re not a 2-4 team

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Tight end Jonnu Smith was born during Bill Parcells’ time as the head coach of the Patriots in the mid-1990s, so he might not be familiar with one of Parcells’ most memorable sayings.

Parcells believed a team was what their record says they are, but Smith argued that’s not the case for the 2021 Patriots on Wednesday. Last Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys dropped them to 2-4 as they prepare to face the Jets and Smith’s feeling is that the team is better than their record says it is.

“There is an element of urgency that we need to have. We’re flipping a new page,” Smith said, via Chris Mason of MassLive.com. “We’re 2-4 but we know we’re not a 2-4 team.”

While Smith feels the record isn’t indicative of the team’s ability, others feel that Smith’s production hasn’t measured up to the big contract he signed as a free agent this offseason. He has 16 catches for 124 yards, but said he’s less concerned about a “breakout game” than he is about being on a winning team. Busting out offensively would probably help on that front.

21 responses to “Jonnu Smith: We know we’re not a 2-4 team

  1. If you’re not a 2-4 team, then show us. Because from where we’re all sitting, you’re a 2-4 team and could very likely be a 5-12 team.

  2. I agree with Parcells.
    And the high-priced FAs, Agholor, Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, got to produce – meaning get separation and help your rookie pocket-passing QB.

  3. thank God we have the Jets this week…. but then again I said that about Houston a couple of weeks ago, how’d that work out ;-( . Fact is, this team is mediocre at best, mediocre talent, mediocre effort, mediocre coaching…. Let’s hope they turn it around and finish out the season on a high note!!

  4. They’re a team with a rookie QB, and they’re getting better every week. I get what he’s saying. In another few weeks, they’ll be a much better team. They almost beat Dallas, who’s playing as well as anyone. Bill Parcells liked to hear himself talk. He had a lot of quotes. They only made sense when used in the proper context.

  5. Well your not playing like a 3-3 or better team, so you must mean your worse than 2-4,

  6. They are a 2-4 team. 2-4 teams lose games the way they did vs DAL and TB. They are a good 2-4 team but still they are 2-4. They have a rookie QB and the last thing Belichick is going to do is ask him to do too much and ruin the guy long term because he is throwing INTs or getting hit. I don’t care how good Belichick is and how good the team is, they have a rookie QB and expecting an elite squad this season is ridiculous. I am an NE fan and I was pleased with 7-9 last season while they had an RB at QB. This season with a better team and a rookie QB I would still see 7 to 9 wins as a successful season for Jones’ first year. Expecting the postseason from a rookie even with Belichick is reaching. A rebuild can take 1-3 years. Sorry spoiled fans.

  7. The Patriots are a 2-4 team…

    And their best “win” is an overtime loss to the Cowboys …

    And their only ACTUAL wins are the really tough gauntlet of the Dolphins and Texans…

    AND they barely won those games !!

  8. Lotsa guys trot this out there this time of year. Wentz did it after the Colts started 1-4. Now Smith is doing it, too.

    I in the Parcells camp on this one, though. Until you prove it, you are what your record says you are.

  9. It’s almost hard to adjust to the Patriots being like every other team.

    Most games in the NFL are pretty close. A few plays could turn a game this way or that way. Just about every team could say “we should have one this one or that one.”

  10. Mac Jones is elite and in most of the games he engineers a 4th quarter comebacks that gives them a chance to win. They will figure it out as the season goes along.

  11. Parcells is right. You have to seize your opportunities and play soundly in all 3 phases. That hasn’t been happening week to week so far. They can get it, though. You can see it’s there.

  12. Dallas ran up and down the field on them, had Dallas not shot itself in the foot on several occasions or the refs trying their best to make it competitive for the hapless Pats it would have never even made it to OT..I never felt NE was real test for Dallas if not for the aforementioned

  13. jerryjonessaidwhat says:
    October 21, 2021 at 4:24 pm
    Dallas ran up and down the field on them, had Dallas not shot itself in the foot on several occasions or the refs trying their best to make it competitive for the hapless Pats it would have never even made it to OT..I never felt NE was real test for Dallas if not for the aforementioned
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    Pats had a TD taken away by a baseless holding call. No call on a blatant face mask against Dallas in OT which would have altered the outcome. Stop blaming the refs!

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