Josh McDaniels: I have to do a better job of getting Jonnu Smith the ball

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Patriots tight end Jonnu Smith said last month that he wasn’t fretting about his role in the offense despite playing a smaller role than most people projected when he signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the team as a free agent, but offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is looking for ways that he can make a bigger impact.

Smith did not touch the ball in last Sunday’s loss to the Bills and has caught two passes for 15 yards and run twice for one yard in the last three weeks. He has 27 catches for 274 yards and a touchdown to go with seven carries for 30 yards on the season.

On Tuesday, McDaniels told reporters that early deficits changed offensive plans the last two weeks but that he’s putting it on himself to find ways to get the ball in Smith’s hands in the future.

“No, there’s no question about that: He’s a player that can do some things with the ball in his hands,” McDaniels said, via NESN.com. “We know that. Very talented guy, works really hard. I’ve got to do better to get him the ball.”

The Patriots offense has struggled across the board the last couple of weeks. Finding a way to get Smith going might help the whole unit get going in the coming weeks.

14 responses to “Josh McDaniels: I have to do a better job of getting Jonnu Smith the ball

  1. Looks like a bad signing here – his contract was never worth his past productio – but if McDaniels feels his play calling has a lot to do with it then let’s see what happens. Hopefully they can figure it out.

  2. Yes you do, all that money for a guy that you barely involve in the offense. But yet Mac is throwing to Harry stone hands on back to back plays.

  3. McDaniels is simply not a good playcaller. He’s been atrocious the last 2 weeks.

    He runs about10 tosses a game. So predictable. It’s been hurting the team for years.

  4. What a bust!! Never realized his potential in TN and won’t do it in NE with noodle arm. Huge waste of money on ineffective TE play. Jonnu doesn’t run great routes and has questionable hands – Henry can be effective but not at the price point, plus he’s bound to get nicked up at some point. Combine with the terrible WR room and no wonders your offense is sputtering. Got lucky with the AFC East playing an easy schedule and no one having tape on rag arm.

    Such amusement watching Pats fans go through what many other franchises did – the hope and belief thst you had a good team only to realize it was fools gold. A few more years of mediocre result will be fun to watch. I’m not big into predictions like most on here, but they might struggle to even win 1 more game – maybe even missing the playoffs outright.

    Cap hell, hubris, whistling past the graveyard all apply. You were told about this, warned even but no the NE fans and media bought into what the rest saw as a mirage. All this sound bites are comical from the past few weeks. Enjoy a long off season of more false hope.

  5. Let’s take an honest look at Mac Jones.

    When he plays a Top 15 defense the Patriots lose.

    3 games against a Top 15 defense where he won.

    Panthers 12/18 139yrds 1td/1int
    :Sam Darnold throws 3 picks

    Bills 2/3 19yrds 0/0
    :1 of those receptions was a total air ball that needed the most acrobatic of tip grabs.

    Titans 23/32 310 2td/0int.
    :Titans were missing their entire offense and Pats had all day to spend on the field.

    The Patriots have played phenomenal defense and ran the ball exceptionally well. McDaniels hides Jones as much as he can. When a defense is good enough to stop the run; Mac Jones looks bad.

    He’s close to his ceiling and has below average physical gifts. Baker Mayfield without the athleticism and better decision making.

    This isn’t a rookie wall and he hasn’t had superstar plays. He’s just played terrible defenses within a great scheme to minimize his shortcomings.

    He’s not “being exposed” he’s occasionally playing good defenses instead of terrible ones.

  6. dirtywater says:
    December 29, 2021 at 10:39 am
    Yes you do, all that money for a guy that you barely involve in the offense. But yet Mac is throwing to Harry stone hands on back to back plays.

    ————————————————————————————-

    This comment made me laugh out loud pretty hard. But seriously, K’Neal Harry is absloutely terrible.

  7. Time to go back to running the football. It’s what wins games in December and January. Don’t get cute Josh.

  8. It’s splitting hairs that they snuck by the Chargers and Bills earlier….should be below .500 at this point (with no chance for post season) as BB was pre Brady, and still is post Brady. IF they make the playoffs, they will be bounced in the first round. Mac is a good QB with potential, but there’s enough film now for teams to have adjusted, and they have…Pats will lose to Miami and squeak by the Jags = probably a wildcard birth. Easy prediction Pats are sub .500 next season as they continue on this current path.

  9. Brady has a career 71 passer rating and 0 TD passes against Belichick.

    ThAtS tHe GoAttt bAby! 😂

  10. Chill_Mickelson says:
    December 31, 2021 at 12:20 pm
    Brady has a winning record against BB. And WITHOUT BB. GOAT that.

    ——
    Yeah that 71 passer rating in one of the biggest games of Tommy’s life sure showed BB didn’t it 😂😂😂

    Tommy’s teammates and opponents deserve more credit for his rings than anything he did. It was no different in this game.

    Put any average QB in Brady’s situation and he would have a bunch of rings himself.

    Put his spot and he’d have 7 rings too.

  11. Chill_Mickelson says:
    December 31, 2021 at 12:20 pm
    Brady has a winning record against BB. And WITHOUT BB. GOAT that.

    ——
    Yeah that 71 passer rating in one of the biggest games of Tommy’s life sure showed BB didn’t it 😂😂😂

    Tommy’s teammates and opponents deserve more credit for his rings than anything he did. It was no different in this game.

    Put any average QB in Brady’s situation and he would have a bunch of rings himself.

  12. Tammy fans have the sads today 😂 They told us BB would not only never make the playoffs again without Brady he wouldn’t even have a winning season again. Lol

    I bet they think Brady made Malcolm Butler intercept that pass and single-handedly made Mahomes only score 9 points in the Super Bowl. Lolololol

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