Matt Patricia: Mac Jones is making progress, even if it’s not noticeable for everybody

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Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has been one of the most disappointing players in the NFL this season, taking a significant step backward from his promising rookie year. But Matt Patricia, the Patriots’ new offensive play caller, doesn’t see it that way.

Patricia told reporters that Jones is improving, even if not everyone can see it.

“I think we see progress every week. Maybe some of that doesn’t maybe present itself in a way that’s noticeable for everybody,” Patricia said. “Little things in there we work on that improve each and every week. He certainly is progressing every week in a great way, absolutely.”

Patricia’s comments echo those of Jones himself, who said this week that his statistical decline doesn’t reflect the reality of his play. Patricia sees it the same way Jones sees it, even if most observers do not.

“For us, and for me right now, it’s just an evaluation of where is he now, where were we maybe a couple months ago with the things we were doing, and have we improved on those?” Patricia said. “There’s things that he’s certainly improved on that have helped our team a lot. Certainly those things are the ones we’re putting a big point of emphasis on. Statistically, the numbers from last year compared to this year, I just think everything’s different from year to year. So the most important thing for us is to try to improve as we go forward this year, and focus on this year.”

With the 5-4 Patriots in their bye this week, they still have plenty they can accomplish this year. But they need Jones to make the kind of improvement that everyone notices.

53 responses to “Matt Patricia: Mac Jones is making progress, even if it’s not noticeable for everybody

  1. This comes off as Patricia trying to dump the year’s offensive woes onto Jones.

    Yes, it’s on Jones to adapt to a new coach and scheme — that’s part of his job — but it would help if that coach was capable of doing a MUCH better job of tailoring the offense to the QB.

    Hopefully, the Colts free-up Josh tomorrow so that he can come back and do what he does best.

  2. mule headed BB is not going to hire Josh nack. Josh fled once he saw how bill made googly eyes at patricia- somehow MP has BB utterly fooled. bill admitting he was wrong is very unlikely, hiring JMcD would be akin to an admission

  3. Okay so stats don’t tell the truth and Mac is improving even though he looks worse. Got it Patriots lol

  4. Making a D coordinator running the offense is the biggest mistake BB ever made. Patricia is terrible, changes have to be made.BB wanted all yes men on his staff, he got it. Terrible.

  5. iloveyouneighbor says:
    November 12, 2022 at 5:27 am
    This comes off as Patricia trying to dump the year’s offensive woes onto Jones.

    Yes, it’s on Jones to adapt to a new coach and scheme — that’s part of his job — but it would help if that coach was capable of doing a MUCH better job of tailoring the offense to the QB.

    Hopefully, the Colts free-up Josh tomorrow so that he can come back and do what he does best.

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    Colts freed up Reich.

  6. A noodle only takes 10 min to boil. I suppose that’s progress.

  7. Mac Jones thinks he is better than his actual production tells us he is. At least Jones’ statement about stats would suggest that to be the case. Patricia showed us what a thin-skinned loser he is while he was coach in Detroit. Patricia is desperately looking for smoke and mirrors to repair his public image. Kind of a mess having that type of QB-coach combination.

  8. It is astonishing how todays NFL is. If I college kid doesn’t come in year one and light it up there whispers he’s a bust. If God forbid in year two he seems to digress, well it’s time to move on. Whether it’s Mac or Justin, and fill in the blank young quarterback, they just get no time to fail. It’s just wrong. Not that long ago if a quarterback was drafted he’d be lucky to see the field in his first few years. How about give them more than a year to master the most difficult position in all of sports.

  9. Maybe Indianapolis should appoint a bona fide coach whisperer like Matt Patricia to be their new Head Coach. Jim Irsay isn’t the easiest owner to work for but like Matt, he is patient and committed to steady progress.

  10. Patricia also said the Lions were making progress under him, even if the record didn’t show it.

  11. Josh McDaniel took 80% of the Pats offensive coaching staff. All young, bright coaches. Hopefully we can start bringing them back for next year after this weekend. Go Colts!

  12. bajer says:
    November 12, 2022 at 6:25 am
    mule headed BB is not going to hire Josh nack. Josh fled once he saw how bill made googly eyes at patricia- somehow MP has BB utterly fooled. bill admitting he was wrong is very unlikely, hiring JMcD would be akin to an admission
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    I know what you are saying, but I don’t agree.
    Bill took both Patricia and Judge back. I don’t have any idea as to how things are between Bill and Josh right now, but I never heard about any animosity. I think Josh would be welcomed back with open arms.
    We’ll find out pretty soon, I think!

  13. Considering Matt Patricia is a former DC/defensive minded coach now miraculously coaching offense…Jones didn’t understand the logic behind Patricia coaching Mac to tackle the ball carrier after the handoff.

  14. ariani1985 says:
    November 12, 2022 at 5:40 am
    The macaroni Jones decade of dominance begins now! Woooooo

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    It’s Ben close to 60 years and everyone is still waiting for the Vikings to sniff a championship

  15. It’s only his second year. Take a deep breath. I feel for the kid, (even though he was anointed as the chosen one all of last year) he’ll be fine eventually.

  16. anything is possible with Bill, but he already brought josh back once, and unless my memory fails me, i don’t recall him changing OC or DC mid season- plus trying to turn back now would just convolute things even more- just don’t see it happening, been wrong before and i will certainly be wrong again. my bigger fear tho is kraft listening to bill on MP as the heir apparent (which would not go well, and open it up for stevie B- likely even worse)

  17. No matter how much spin comes out….Mac Jones has been very underwhelming since last season, he can’t make throws when it matters, it’s as simple as that! He will never be a franchise QB 😏

  18. He is improving…

    Not at anything football related…

    But man…he is dressing better.
    Taking his vitamins…

    And his house is more organized.

  19. It’s kinda funny that football fans expect these 2nd and 3rd year QB’s to be world beaters immediately. Hey,… it takes most QB’s 5 years to refine their skills. It’s rare to see a rookie or 2nd year guy tear it up right out of the gates. Sure it can happen,… but the odds are they need a few years to work it out mentally. And it gets worse when you have coaching and personnel changes that affects the QB.

  20. We have seen no improvement in the offense under Patricia. I wonder what Kraft thinks of using the season to allow Patricia to spread his little O wings?

  21. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    November 12, 2022 at 10:33 am
    Matt Patricia. Maybe the worst head coach ever.

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    Joe Judge: ” Hold my beer”

  22. Mac Jones can’t beat up on COVID ravaged teams in college while alabama miraculously never had anyone out for COVID, and their opponents were all skeleton crew squads. Most overrated joke of a QB since jamarcus Russell.

  23. Translation: I’m new at this job and I’m making progress. Really. I am. Even if you can’t see it. And we go .500 at best the rest of the season

  24. Last place joke team with no QB, no talent, and a GM/coach who has been completely exposed since Brady ditched him.

  25. Jones being coached by a defensive coach instead of a QB whisperer. What could go wrong. Belichick is so bad.

  26. I don’t think Mac is as bad as a lot of people here are making him out to be, but if he doesn’t shape up there is no way he is getting a 2nd contract with the Patriots.

  27. I’m not defending anyone here, but I think there was an effort to move away from the shorter passing game, and throw the ball down field more, in an effort to mold a team that could more readily compete with teams that had more explosive offenses. You can’t beat those teams constantly throwing check downs. The results have been mixed, with more INT’s, but Mac was throwing more air yards per throw earlier in the season. His injury derailed things a bit. The one thing that past Patriot teams usually had was two players on offense you had to scheme for on critical downs. You had to bracket Welker/Edelman, and you had to double Gronk. While Meyers and Henry are good players, they are not Welker/Edelman/Gronk type players. They lack “go to” players in critical situations. I remember the Pats playing in Pittsburgh, falling behind with 70-80 seconds left, and Brady literally throwing three to four straight times to Gronk to go down the field to the 8 yd line and then score the winning TD on a hand off to Dion Lewis with seconds left. That was followed by a 2 pt conversion to Gronk, to put the Pats up by 3 pts to end the game. He just went to his go to guy over and over until it was over. Nobody else touched the ball except for Lewis on one play. This Patriots team does not have that element. They need to play well BEFORE crunch time and they need to have a lead late in games, and they need to be able to protect those leads. If they fall behind by multiple scores it’s often over because they become more predictable, and they can’t go down field. It doesn’t help if you are calling plays that take long to develop and you’re not doing anything else on offense to distract the defense. You can’t have Mac in shotgun on long developing routes because he has to stand there for 4-5 seconds, and the line can’t protect him that long. If you are going down field, put Mac under center, fake the run, do a 7 step drop, and by that time, the receiver should be breaking open, and if you faked the run well enough, he should have time to make the throw. In that sense, McDaniels was more creative than what we see now. I sometimes wonder if Bill went this route with coaches because he could not or would not pull Bill O’Brian away from Alabama this year, and is waiting until next season to hire him. I also wonder if Bill, being 70 and set in his ways, isn’t really exposed all that much to other young coaches anymore, or doesn’t connect with them, so he feels he has fewer options for hiring, prompting him to run with the Patricia/Judge scenario. They’ve always been a more “hire from within” team, but sometimes you need to bring in fresh thinking. That may be something they struggle with due to the huge gap in age between BB and up and coming coaches. Just a thought, but I am spit balling. Nobody should be surprised if they figure this out and make improvements before seasons end, and make themselves more competitive, but we won’t be shocked if they don’t either…because it just hasn’t looked very good. Hopefully some of the things they are working on translate to whatever the setup will be in the future, i.e. if they bring in an OC like O’Brien, or McDaniels makes an early return. I see no issues between McDaniels and BB over McDaniels taking the Raiders job. BB let him take coaches and players, and they did the training camp workouts etc. There doesn’t appear to be hard feelings. In the off season, they have to find a playmaker or two, and beef up that O-line. A fast inside LB that can cover and play the run would be on that list as well. Most importantly, they need someone to coach Mac and the offense like a Savant, not a first year OC that also has to coach the O-line, unless somehow Patricia puts it all together and finishes the season on a roll, which does not look likely at this point. I’ll reserve judgment until I see what they come out of the Bye Week with. In 2020, they came out of the Bye Week and lost three straight, and 4 out of 6, having also lost the game before the Bye. In 2021 they lost 3 of the last 4 to close out the regular season after their Bye Week. In 2022 they won the game going into the Bye Week. They have the leagues toughest schedule coming out of the Bye Week going the remainder of the season. So what. Nobody builds a team to say “well, we would have won but we had a hard schedule (i.e. all the teams were better than us). That’s the league. So let’s see what they come out of the Bye Week with. A third straight year of crapping the bed wont be good. They need to find a way to win 5 of 8 games minimum, preferably 6 of 8, which should be good enough for the playoffs. I think 10 will do it, but you risk being nudged out in a tie breaker scenario. They lost their margin when they lost to Chicago. They could have added to that margin in Green Bay. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. They know what they have to do. The “extended pre-season” is long over. It’s Go Time.

  28. For someone who is supposedly “brilliant” I’m not sure that Matt even knows what “progress” means.

  29. Matt Patricia is getting a lot of blame but his offense looked better with Bailey Zappe under center. The offensive line hasn’t been great but it is better than what Joe Burrow had last year and got to the SB. The reality is Mac has been struggling since the 2nd half of last season with McDaniels. The struggles are on Mac.

  30. Says the guy who set him back two years…Patricia has no business calling plays. This is one of Belichick’s real head scratchers.

  31. patswinners says:
    November 12, 2022 at 12:44 pm
    I don’t think Mac is as bad as a lot of people here are making him out to be, but if he doesn’t shape up there is no way he is getting a 2nd contract with the Patriots.
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    Yes he is as bad as people are saying. Probably worse.

  32. It is very simple Patriots fans. Face reality. They stink and will remain last in the AFC East. If they lose to the Jets next week, their fate is sealed. Even if they don’t, the Jets will finish with a better record than they will. Guaranteed. Just ask TB6. He knows everything. LOL!

  33. Mac isn’t as bad as many say. He’s a capable QB.

    But he’s what scouts said he would be. Most pro ready, lowest ceiling. He just doesn’t have the skills to be elite.

  34. I’m not defending anyone here, but I think there was an effort to move away from the shorter passing game, and throw the ball down field more, in an effort to mold a team that could more readily compete with teams that had more explosive offenses.

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

    That is possible only if he has great WR who are great at getting behind defenders.

    BTW, can you break your long essays into several paragraphs?

  35. BTW, short passing game means that an offense needs a lot more first downs to score, any hiccup will kill the drive, that is one of the lot of reasons that make it harder to SCORE with 4 yard throw.

    To be scary offense with short passing games, there must be “easy” throws so that the intended receivers have a little bit time to secure the balls, or gain YAC, also that is the key a QB can avoid costly interception.

    Such a play design works or not completely depends on QB’s ability of seeing soft spots quickly or in advance, or the designs won’t work and will be throw out the window. That is why Pats have no chance now and try to move away from short passing game.

    BTW, short passing system is far more risky than deep passing system, because an INT from short pass usually is far more costly than an INT from a deep throw.

  36. Matt Patricia is getting a lot of blame but his offense looked better with Bailey Zappe under center.
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    Zappe with a simplified playbook looked bad against the Packers then managed to beat 2 terrible defenses and then was totally exposed against the Bears. That experiment is over and it should be.

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