Mac Jones: There’s some false realities with statistics

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When a team has a bye week at the midpoint of a season, it’s a good time to look at what’s happened and a good time to look at where one needs to improve before getting back on the field.

For the Patriots, most of the desire to improve comes on the offensive side of the ball. The team has slipped from sixth in points scored last year to 16th and their numbers are down in most other areas after eight games with Matt Patricia calling the plays for the unit.

Quarterback Mac Jones missed some of those games with an ankle injury and he’s experienced the same kind of individual downturns that the team has dealt with as a whole when he’s been healthy. At a Wednesday press conference, Jones was asked if he can see improvement despite the downturn in the numbers. Jones pointed to communication, footwork, and accuracy as places where he feels he has improved this year while saying statistics don’t tell the whole story.

“You can look at statistics, but a lot of times there’s some false realities there,” Jones said, via a transcript from the team. “But that’s also stuff that you can look at, ‘Hey, for team stuff, how many times are we doing this, running the ball, play action, screen?’ So, there’s a lot of things that coaches are looking at. Every team does that I’m sure, in some capacity. At the end of the day, like I said, if each individual player gets better, then we can kind of put that together as a team, and obviously as an offense and then kind of kick start the back half of the year here.”

Statistics may not reveal everything about how an offense is playing, but they’re generally in line with what anyone watching the Patriots play this season would say about how the unit has performed. They’ve still reached this point with a winning record, however, and the final eight games offer a chance to show that the best is yet to come for the offense.

23 responses to “Mac Jones: There’s some false realities with statistics

  1. Bill needs to fire the two bozos running the offense now and hire a real NFL OC and QB coach in 2023. If he won’t do it then Kraft needs to tell him to do it or else.

  2. The Patricia Experiment was borne of necessity, and it isn’t working. Crap play-calling is holding Mac back, making him question himself, explain himself to doubters, and look over his shoulder at Zappe.
    Getting Dave Andrews back and a healthier offensive line will help.
    Having a receiver, or two, wake up and help out our stud, Jakobi Meyers, would go a long way too.
    Getting Josh back by Thanksgiving would change everything!
    Let’s go, Mac!! Hang in there!

  3. The Patriots aren’t going to “kick start the back half of the year” unless Mac plays like a totally different QB from the guy we have watched going back to the end of LAST year. So, sure that would be interesting to watch, but why should anyone expect it to happen?

  4. I don’t know about the “stats” but this kid is failing in the “eye test” dept. this year…. shape up or they will move on

  5. Don’t worry, Mac. Josh McDaniels should be back for you next year. Although, his current boss, Captain Kangaroo may sign him to a 10 year contract extension.

  6. The Pats have a strong defense.
    Plus execution and not overly penalized.
    That’s how they win .

  7. Jones is not playing as well as he did last year and needs to pick up his game over the second half…could be the new offense, could be play calling, could be him. It’s probably a combination of things. He looks uncomfortable out there.

    If he can improve the Pats will be better, but still not a playoff team in my mind. If they can be competitive in games going forward that would be great

  8. you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see against the better defensive fronts their OL has not been able to hold up and everything breaks down from there – if they fix it they can be competitive if they can’t they could lose every game going forward. seriously – this team could easily go 0-8 the rest of the way

  9. GoodellMustGo says:
    November 10, 2022 at 7:38 am
    Bill needs to fire the two bozos running the offense now and hire a real NFL OC and QB coach in 2023. If he won’t do it then Kraft needs to tell him to do it or else.

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    I am fairly certain BB knows a lot more than you do.

  10. There are false realities in stats. Too often fans and media focus on a couple of stats to prove their point. But, when mediocre play (eye test) matches mediocre stats, there is nothing false about them.

  11. It is not a false reality to say that Mac Jones decision making is abysmal. The worst in the league right now to be honest out of all starters except Baker Mayfield. He is not the future of the Pats he needs to go after his rookie deal is up. Maybe a full hard rebuild is necessary.

  12. I can’t figure out why the play calling seems so much better (or effective) with Zappe versus Mac? Who is calling the plays? Mac needs to work on his eyes and his quickness. His arm strength does seem better lately, but his decision making is still lacking.

  13. I can’t figure out why the play calling seems so much better (or effective) with Zappe versus Mac? Who is calling the plays?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It is called one year wonder, when opponent defenses have no videos to study the QB, which makes the defenders react juuust a little bit slower, which is crucial in short passing system.

  14. touchback6 says:
    November 10, 2022 at 9:48 am
    GoodellMustGo says:
    November 10, 2022 at 7:38 am
    Bill needs to fire the two bozos running the offense now and hire a real NFL OC and QB coach in 2023. If he won’t do it then Kraft needs to tell him to do it or else.

    32Rate This

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    I am fairly certain BB knows a lot more than you do.
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    BB has been wrong plenty of times coughNKealHarrycough and has cut bait and taken the L when it’s the right thing to do.

  15. Mac is most definitely a first ballot Hall of Famer, there is no question of that. No quarterback has performed better so far this season. BB has done a masterful job with him. Warnings were out.

  16. Like the “stat” that says this typical belichick total bust is a “pro bowler” as like the 12th alternate.

    Can you believe this terrible GM that’s been living off Brady doing everything for decades took him over any decent player and patriots fannies are so delusional they actually tried to pretend he’s an NFL QB? Very sad.

  17. Mac showed some early promise but he is looking meek and confused out there. I’m not willing to write him off yet but it’s very possible we have yet another BB 1st round whiff on our hands

  18. It’s hard for me to blame Matt Patricia and the offensive line when Bailey Zappe had a 300 yards game with 2TD against the Browns in the same offense. Maybe this system is just not a fit for Mac.

  19. nhpats2011 says:
    November 10, 2022 at 11:47 am
    Mac showed some early promise but he is looking meek and confused out there. I’m not willing to write him off yet but it’s very possible we have yet another BB 1st round whiff on our hands

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    If that happens BB has nobody to blame but himself. Imagine thinking hiring these two buffoons to run the offense was a good idea. Jones might not have ever had a chance.

    Hard to hate on the pick itself though. His scouting report was good this wasn’t like N’Keal Harry’s report saying he couldn’t get separation and Bill picking him anyway. I guess they could have traded up for Fields but that would have been expensive and I don’t think there would have been a lot of patience with Fields if his career started the way it did last season. Or Mills but he won’t be an NFL starting QB after this season They had no shot at any other QB.

  20. Mac Jones differentiator was his brain…he is missing open guys on a consistent basis this year + being reckless with the football.

    After the game against the Bills in Buffalo last year he seems to have imploded mentally…I never thought he was a top 10 QB but I did think he would make the Pats competitive…he is holding them back.

    The coaching situation just adds insult to injury but love seeing all the Josh love from the same people that would insult him when he was in NE.

    It’s not Patricia or Judge throwing those ints…the game against the Jets…Pats were saved from one of the worst throws I have ever seen from Mac by a highly questionable roughing the passer call.

    You have to have patience with young QBs for sure but how he has regressed is worrying.

    As far as all the football masterminds who say it was all Brady…yes…and the Bucaneers won the Super Bowl because of Arians being an offensive genius!

    Of course the Pats success was because they had players like Brady, BB is the first to acknowledge that, but if you think 6 Super Bowls, 13 AFC championship games and 17 division titles in 18 years is because of one player you know nothing about this game.

  21. Pats were saved from one of the worst throws I have ever seen from Mac by a highly questionable roughing the passer call.
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    I don’t know why people keep saying this. there was nothing questionable about that call whatsoever. If a QB gets hit like that the flag comes out 10 times out of 10.

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