Mac Jones: Offense trying to work through it all, it doesn’t happen overnight

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The Patriots are in Las Vegas for practices and a preseason game with the Raiders this week and the first day of practice was another rocky one for the team’s offense.

Reporters at the practice noted that it was a slog for the Patriots offense all day until better work in a final two-minute drill allowed them to finish on their highest note of the afternoon. Overall, though, the day was painted as another rough patch for an offense that has appeared to miss former coordinator and current Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels this summer.

Quarterback Mac Jones was 14-for-26 with an interception and said on WEEI that the unit is still “kind of getting a feel for what you want to do,” which is why he wouldn’t label the day as a failure for the unit.

“Failure is putting a label on something that’s a process. We’re just trying to focus on the process, and not the result. Failure would be considered a result,” Jones said, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “We’re just trying to work through it all. . . . We don’t need to overcomplicate it. It’s a simple game if you make it a simple game. We’re all trying to get there, which doesn’t happen overnight.”

The number of nights before the games start to count are growing short and finding more consistency before their Week 1 outing against the Dolphins would be a welcome step in the right direction in New England.

38 responses to “Mac Jones: Offense trying to work through it all, it doesn’t happen overnight

  1. So now preseason results count again? Following Patriots news gets really confusing sometimes.

  2. Last time I checked the Patriots can’t even compete within their own division let alone the AFC hah! Cheers!

  3. Pats teams always start slow, both offense and defense. By week 4 this team will be firing on all cylinders and will be a lock for the post season.

  4. It starts up front with the offensive line. If you can’t block you can’t execute an offense. New coaches, new players, position changes. Sounds like they are off to a very slow start.

  5. We will see in the next few years if “The Greatest Coach” ever can win without the Greatest QB ever. With out the GOAT Belichick’s record is mediocre.

  6. This is hilariously an overblown story. BB loves messing with idiots and giving them a false sense of security.

  7. Wait, I thought BB was the king and could win with anyone no?? Guess it was TB all along. Of course we all (except for the one guy here) already knew that…

  8. Well, a rocky start for what is supposed to have “a top 5 offense” in the NFL, huh?

  9. Well Mac gets it. Too bad the fanboys don’t. I think the loss of All Star NKeal Harry will really hurt them….lol.

  10. I haven’t heard anything about the Patriots offense being top 5. They just ran into a buzz-saw yesterday. I like what the Raiders have done this offseason and I’m betting they dominate a lot of teams this year. Who are you going to try to stop on that offense? Adams, Renfrow, Waller or Jacobs? Good luck with that. I don’t think the O line is going to be as bad as people may think. Leatherwood won’t be starting. And on defense they have Chandler Jones on one end and Maxx Crosby on the other, with much improved secondary and LBs. Whoa!

  11. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    August 24, 2022 at 9:13 am
    Did needs to stop talking. No other young qbs are talking except for this guy.

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    No. All young qbs are answering questions to reporters just like Mac is, although they might not always see as much coverage as he does.

  12. BB loves messing with idiots

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    We will know in next two seasons who the idiots are.

    I expect he will be one of them.

  13. This is definitely an indicator and it would be better if the offense looked good. However, I’ve seen many times that teams look great in the preseason and play badly when the season starts and vice versa.

    I am sticking by judging the team based on what their record is after 4 games. @MIA, @PIT, BAL, @GB.

    0-4 the season is over.
    1-3 playoffs are unlikely, and the season is majorly at risk. Really would depend on how they looked in their losses.
    2-2 or better and they are fine.

  14. billsrthefuture says:
    August 24, 2022 at 10:29 am
    Most pro-ready, lowest ceiling. Scouts were spot on.

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    The idea of a ceiling is a bit silly. Brady, Peyton, Brees all got better between the ears, which is what made them get better and better. In that regard Mac has far from reached his ceiling. Mac’s question mark is does he have the physical ability to be a long term starting pro in the NFL? Can he make all the throws? The jury is still out, but he also doesn’t need to be Rodgers, Mahomes or Allen to be successful either. We will see over the next two years.

    Physical ability is something that generally is at it’s best early. Rodgers and Wilson for example were better in their first 5 years than they are now physically.

    Josh Allen is peaking physically right now. He can do everything. He’s much better than Cam Newton, but it’s important to look what happened to Cam. He started to take hits from running and he couldn’t become a pure pocket passer. Allen definitely can stay in the pocket more, but it will take away an aspect of his game if his running slows down. So to improve he has to get better between the ears, like all of the greats before him.

    Ceiling to me is a lot more about hard work and study. Physical gifts flourish early.

  15. Jones landed in an absolutely perfect situation for his skill set. The narrative was that he was “already the best QB from that class” – but can you imagine him on last year’s Jets, Bears or Jags?

    BB is the ultimate “between the ears” coach, and he set Mac up to succeed on every play. In short, he didn’t ask him to do much – quick outs, slants, dump-offs. Keep the % high, but rely on the defense and running game.

    The way the AFC is now, the Pats will have to win some shootout games, and any team will need a QB who can improvise and make things happen when a play breaks down. Just not seeing that in Jones, despite the hype. That’s where his ceiling is, imo.

  16. 305dolphin says:
    August 24, 2022 at 8:47 am
    We will see in the next few years if “The Greatest Coach” ever can win without the Greatest QB ever. With out the GOAT Belichick’s record is mediocre.

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    1) The “greatest QB ever” is called such because he won the most SB, not because he had the best stats. He won the most SB because he played on the best TEAM, six times in NE. The “greatest coach” assembled and led those teams.

    2) Don Sula had Dan Marino for his whole career. How many SBs did they win?

  17. Ceiling to me is lot more about hard work and study

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    You forget about supporting cast.

    Allen became new Allen when Bills got Stephen Diggs for him; Brees was a garbage with Brady #1, receiver in 2006 (reche Caldwell), even with LT, until he had Antonio Gates; Peyton’s Colts were not a 12 win team even with Harrison, until he got Wayne.

    Unless BeliCHEAP gets a great WR for Mac Jones, there is no hope for Pats offense.

  18. grant35 says:
    August 24, 2022 at 9:38 am
    Well, a rocky start for what is supposed to have “a top 5 offense” in the NFL, huh?

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    I don’t think that expectation ever existed. The Patriots have some good parts, but even optimistically on paper it was never top 5. Maybe there was a hope it could be top 10, but reworking the offense completely means all expectations should be put on hold until we see what they look like early in the season.

  19. pkrlvr says:
    August 24, 2022 at 9:23 am
    Wait, I thought BB was the king and could win with anyone no?? Guess it was TB all along. Of course we all (except for the one guy here) already knew that…

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    Well Brady and BB were together with Brady as a starter 2001-2007 and 2009-2019 (not counting 2008, the year Brady was hurt in game 1). So in 18 years they won 6 Super Bowls together. So they lost for 12 years with Brady there.

    It’s incredibly hard to win the Super Bowl. Brady obviously put the Patriots over the edge where they could win it multiple times, but they still did plenty of losing.

    As far as BB without Brady, he made the playoffs with rookie QB last year. So far so good. Excited to watch this year and see if Mac is a bona fide NFL starter or not.

  20. In short, he didn’t ask Mac to do much …

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    Ya, except win 3 to 4 games to get first round bye, plus delivery when games are on the line. That is why Saints spent souch on offense, that is why Packers spent so much on offense. Quite easy in your mind with the squad by beliCHEAP, huh?

    What? You think they spent so much money on offense so Rodgers can win MVP?

  21. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    August 24, 2022 at 9:13 am
    Did needs to stop talking. No other young qbs are talking except for this guy.

    He was doing the first of his many weekly appearances on WEEI. If he didn’t talk it would be a rather boring interview.

  22. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    August 24, 2022 at 9:13 am
    Did needs to stop talking. No other young qbs are talking except for this guy.

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    If other QBs are not having to talk in press conferences its only because the media has deemed them unimportant. Otherwise they would be required to attend the conferences and speak to the questions they get asked.

  23. He won most SB because he won the most SB, not because he had the best stats

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    You are just one of those fans who know nothing about QBing other than throws to WR BEHIND defenders.

    Stats tells you how good a QB is at throwing to WR BEHIND defenders, an almost meaningless skills with the squad given by beliCHEAP.

    Meaning, the “best” team is the best because of Brady, and wouldn’t have won a single SB with any other QB. BTW, the team Brady took over in 2001 was a laughing stock in the league.

  24. grant35 says:
    August 24, 2022 at 9:38 am
    Well, a rocky start for what is supposed to have “a top 5 offense” in the NFL, huh?

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    You might have been thinking top 5 but no one else was. Last years top 6 was a complete shock that they had gotten that good again that fast. That shock is what has guys on here so upset and working doubletime at posting predictions of a bad season. The hope is if they predict it hard enough it might change something.

  25. The way the AFC is now, the Pats will have to win some shootout games, and any team will need a QB who can improvise and make things happen when a play breaks down. Just not seeing that in Jones, despite the hype. That’s where his ceiling is, imo.

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    Yet Joe Burrow won the AFC last year. Burrow doesn’t make off platform throws, he was sacked the most in the playoffs which means he couldn’t extend broken plays, he doesn’t have the biggest arm. I would put Burrow’s play style closer to Mac Jones than it is to Mahomes or Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson. With an improved offensive line, I pick Burrow to win the AFC again this year.

  26. ajsjr40 says:
    August 24, 2022 at 8:32 am

    It starts up front with the offensive line. If you can’t block you can’t execute an offense. New coaches, new players, position changes. Sounds like they are off to a very slow start

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    When your Offensive Line coach and primary playcaller is a guy known for being a mediocre defensive coach..

  27. Patriots are an irrelevant joke with no QB, no playmakers, no defense and no chance. Their coach is a cheating loser who is nothing without Brady.

  28. Welcome back to mediocrity Patriots. You got lucky having Tom Brady land in your lap. Now it’s back to the incompetent losing ways that marked almost every season before his arrival.

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