Josh McDaniels on Mac Jones: We’re seeing growth in his ability to process the opponent

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With the Patriots currently the second seed in the conference at 8-4, quarterback Mac Jones has emerged as the frontrunner for offensive rookie of the year.

Through 12 games, he’s completed 70.3 percent of his passes for 2,850 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His 97.1 passer rating is 14th in the league, easily besting his fellow rookies Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and Zach Wilson, who are 31st, 33rd, and 34th among qualified players, respectively.

“There’s a lot to be happy with and then there’s definitely things to coach and correct. … I’m still waiting for the perfect game,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Tuesday, via Henry McKenna of USA TODAY. “I haven’t had that yet. … We are seeing growth in his ability to process the opponent.”

McDaniels also touted how Jones takes coaching, saying the quarterback is “a sponge,” comes to meetings prepared, and asks good questions.

He’s a very good listener,” McDaniels said. “He’s in tune with what happened. He usually gives me very good feedback for what he saw, which is a great sign for a young player. If you say, hey did [a defensive back] rotate late? And he says, yeah, he rotated late. And then you look on the picture and you see that he did. So we always try to tell these young guys don’t make something up. If you’re not sure, just [say] I’m not sure. But he usually has a really good grasp of what happened on the series that he was just out there for. We have good dialogue about it and he has good answers to any questions that I have.”

The Patriots have won their last six games and seven out of their last eight. Jones and the Patriots will have a significant test on Monday night when they play the Bills.

17 responses to “Josh McDaniels on Mac Jones: We’re seeing growth in his ability to process the opponent

  1. Lol I can’t believe other teams let this guy slide to the Patriots. Pats are set up for many years to come. Wait for the off season and they get him in the weight room and strengthen his arm some. He is only going to get better.

  2. 1 quality victory all year. Plan the parade. He just keeps beating up on trash teams or teams with no one left healthy. Congrats.

  3. Coaching and the situation matters. I would still take Lawrence over him but I wouldn’t ever hire Myer to groom a young QB. I would have gotten the best QB coach I could find and load up with OL to protect him. Can have all the talent in the world but when you hire a joke for a coach and draft RBs in the 1st you won’t be getting great results no matter who you draft. Mac Jones is a good QB but he is in a great situation. I would bet if you ask BB and got an honest answer he would take Lawrence too and would be doing even better right now.

    Lawrence obviously should have pulled a Elway/Eli move and forced a trade. I would sit out now while you are still young. Not going to happen for you with the Jags.

  4. touchback6 says:
    November 30, 2021 at 12:48 pm
    1 quality victory all year. Plan the parade. He just keeps beating up on trash teams or teams with no one left healthy. Congrats.


    What a silly thing to say. Did you even watch the games? Except for the Saints game, they only lost by a play or two and mostly not on Jones. He played really well and gets better each game. Your comment is meritless and foolish.

  5. touchback6 says:
    November 30, 2021 at 12:48 pm
    1 quality victory all year. Plan the parade. He just keeps beating up on trash teams or teams with no one left healthy. Congrats.

    You could literally play this game with every team in the league. There simply aren’t enough good teams for anyone to say most of their wins were against quality competition.

  6. The Bill’s game on Monday night is going to be fantastic for all to watch. Hoping that Pats can pull off a win in at least one of the two games.

  7. I’ve seen a couple of the Patriots’ games and I would say the most thing I’m impressed about is his cool and calm composure. Throw the stats out. This is more about grooming a young QB. How well he’s playing now is just a bonus. The big thing to me going only from what I’ve seen in just a couple of games is that he already looks like a NFL QB. He’s doesn’t look like he’s in over his head. For sure he’s going to make mistakes, all QBs do. But that doesn’t mean all are necessarily rookie mistakes. Just mistakes in general. He looks like he’s been playing in the NFL already and not just for 12 games. I think the Pats lucked out with this kid and sometimes that’s all it takes to find your next QB.

  8. I think after watching Brady operate so incredibly successfully for 20 years, the Pats knew what to look for in his replacement and I think a major part of that is the QB’s mental acuity in understanding and having command over your offensive system, reading defenses, and knowing exactly how to attack them before the ball is snapped. This kid is showing complete command of the offense. The other rookie QB’s look lost in comparison. I think in the draft, there is not enough emphasis on the QB’s mental acuity and this is the reason Mac dropped to the Pats. I think the Pats would have picked anyway over any of the other QB’s because they know this is key from having had Brady and BB has always valued smarts.

  9. The next few weeks will certainly say a lot about Mac. So far he has been solid under pressure and for the most part made good decisions. People expect too much from 1st year QBs and they will inevitably make mistakes.

  10. His only true weekends that I see at this stage is not throwing the ball away & taking sacks…. My guess is he’s just determined to hold on to ball to make a play & doesn’t want to give up even though things are lost….he’ll figure that out too…. LOVE HIS FIRE & COMPETITIVENESS!!

  11. Belichick and McDaniels could have coached any of the other 1st round QB’s into rookie of the year too. Mac got lucky that he didn’t land in Jax, Chi, NYJ, or SF

  12. I remember watching the draft, and got more and more hopeful that either Fields or Jones would end up in Foxboro. I was screaming to trade up beginning at pick #8. I think Fields or Jones would both flourish under the Patriots braintrust. But a significantly different playbook for Fields.
    But you can’t go wrong with a highly intelligent QB who just set the all-time accuracy rate while winning a national championship.

  13. Belichick already had a big physical QB with a big arm in Drew Bledsoe and benched him for Brady. So it’s not a guarantee Trevor Lawrence would have been better in New England than Mac Jones. Mac fits what Belichick wants from a QB and I think he would have worked in San Fransisco in Shanahan’s offense.

  14. Check this out: Brady leaves N.E. and goes to the Bucs and wins the championship and Belicheck has his first losing season. Now, Brady is struggling and now he has to see Mac Jones performing well, back in his stomping grounds. How weird that must be?

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