Mac Jones: I just kind of let my emotions get to me

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After losing 24-10 to the Bills on Thursday night, there were questions for Patriots players about offensive frustration.

The answer seemed obvious during the game. Quarterback Mac Jones could be seen on the Amazon broadcast yelling to “throw the fucking ball” on the sideline before adding that either the  “running game” or “quick game” sucks.

Jones’ postgame press conference kicked off with a question about the video and what led to his outburst. Jones said it was tough watching the defense play well and “not being able to give them anything back” over the course of the evening.

“Obviously, just kind of let my emotions get to me but we’re kind of playing from behind,” Jones said. “What I said was about throwing it deeper in the short game. I got to execute that part better. But it’s the short game we kept going to, which is working. But I felt like we needed chunk plays. I shouted that out to kind of get everyone going. That’s emotional. That’s football. I’m passionate about this game. Obviously, you don’t want to let your emotions get the best of you. But yeah, I think that’s pretty much it. It wasn’t directed at anybody. Just emotion coming out and we kind of needed a spark.”

While Jones said his words weren’t directed at anyone in particular, he still faced more questions about the play calling before his time at the podium was up. He called it “definitely a coaching question” as to why the Patriots weren’t more aggressive earlier in the game while doing his best to keep it from being a referendum on offensive play caller Matt Patricia.

“Yeah, I think it was just me at that point in the game like, ‘all right, we’re playing catch-up here, let’s go for it, let’s be aggressive, let’s take those shots, just go down fighting.’ Matty P. was on the same page,” Jones said. “We kind of did it there at the end and moved it a little bit more. At the end of the day we have to execute the plays and do a better job. Sometimes you’re just so competitive, right? You want to go out there, ‘hey, let’s get a 50-yard gain.’ Sometimes it doesn’t happen, but we might as well go down trying, and try to make it work.”

There was no spark for the Patriots on Thursday night and the offense’s lack of one has been an issue throughout the season. At this point, it isn’t all that realistic to believe that things are going to change during the season and, whether the Patriots can find their way to the playoffs or not, that will set up an offseason with big questions about the path to take on offense in the future.

80 responses to “Mac Jones: I just kind of let my emotions get to me

  1. Don’t know what to think of this guy. He seems to be playing better last couple of weeks…but still doesn’t look look like a franchise QB

  2. Don’t take that as a bad thing Mac. Shows you really care. Sometimes its hard to tell out there. A little emotion doesn’t hurt. You don’t fly off the handle everytime, so its cool, brah…..

  3. Belichick is a good coach but a terrible GM. I don’t believe he is a all time great coach. His former QB clearly covered up Bill’s repeated drafting blunders. All the time Bill traded out of first rounds or just traded down to accumulate picks which he would blow. God it was frustrating.

  4. The more controversial part of his outburst— the “running game sucks” comment — wasn’t even addressed.

    Mac, you can say what you want about the play selection and have all of New England on your side. But you need Rhamondre and the big boys who block for you both. Don’t throw them under the bus, especially Rhamondre. He has stepped up. And since you did call out the running game, at least take ownership of it!

  5. This isn’t Monday morning…er, Friday morning quarterbacking — the Patriots should have stuck with Zappe. Said it at the time. Zappe at least tries to push the team downfield, while Jones is always playing it safe with check downs and easier passes. Jones has only looked really good against a Vikings D playing on short rest that had given up 40 points just four days earlier.
    Zappe may not be the answer, but, he was worth an extended shot. Jones is just a middle of the pack QB (at best).

  6. Well, you do have a portly man who is a “defensive mind” that is calling your offensive plays. I would be a bit ticked off too

  7. Have you not been entertained? Bad coaching, drafting and defense is the only cog missing from the macaroni Jones destruction tour!

  8. At this point it is really hard to remember what Matt Patricia has ever done well.

    That said I don’t think there’s much to remember of Mac Jones doing well, likewise.

    I really don’t know these are people who ought to be expecting much more out of themselves and each other.

  9. Can you blame him? Matt Patricia’s play calling is horrible. I sometimes wonder if he’s setting Mac Jones up to fail, or if he just stinks at being the “de facto” OC. That game was GROSS. The Bills looked great, though. Josh Allen can do it all.

  10. The O line in last night was not strong enough to hold up for “chunk plays” if you called them

  11. If something is wrong with what Mac Jones said, I need to quit watching NFL football and start watching golf again. When did we stop being human? Lamar Jackson, included. That man was talking about your money, you have the right to clap back, well done. Suspension? Get a life, people.

  12. complete joke of an offense, my JHS team had more chops and success (we went 6-0 two yearsin a row). way to build on a good rookie year- Patricia is terrible, and BB is responsible for putting him there- most teams would have fired him by now given the last 3 years of suckiness, and regression rather than improvement

  13. Mac had every right to be upset and yell as he did. It is ridiculous that the Patriots will not give him a chance to prove himself.

  14. Give this kid his gold jacket already!! He leads the league in running for his life and making poor decisions. I love this guy. Hope he plays in NE for another 12 years.

  15. There are people here who constantly bash Mac have no data to base their insults upon. New England is not allowing him a chance to show what he can do.

  16. Oh oh shades of Drew Bledsoe. Seems that Mac won’t be long for the Patriots world…

  17. Commercial Break : Mac Sounds Hangry, Needs some comfort food. How about a Bowl of Ramen Noodles ?

  18. Not a Jets or Patriots fan, but if I were, then I’d take Jones’ response to a poor offensive performance over Zac Wilson’s any day of the week.

  19. Not a Jets or Patriots fan, but if I were, then I’d take Jones’ response to a poor offensive performance over Zac Wilson’s any day of the week.

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    I should add to my comment that, if your QB shows passion and is accountable, then at least you have something with which to work.

  20. Pats offense is just painful to watch. Uninspired coaching combined with lack of talent…

  21. Wow. Yesteryear’s team is quite the embarrassment. Last place is just what their lovely fan base deserves. Get used to it…..TB12 is long gone and Belichick is right behind him.

  22. Remember when you all thought Belichick was a genius and that you didn’t need Brady?

    That was funny.

    10,197 since Belichick’s last playoff win without Brady.

  23. The problem is the guy who is calling the play, who happen to be the same guy who is coaching the offensive line. In both cases he had zero experience and it shows. Two disasters for the price of one. That’s on Bill.

  24. I loved that! I didn’t know he had that kind of passion in him. It’s very interesting, when you get insight into how dysfunctional some of these teams are. Everyone thinks of Belichick being this great savant, but he has Matt Patricia, who’s mostly been a defensive coach or o-line assistant coach coaching offense like a linebacker, because he stubbornly hasn’t replaced Josh McDaniels as the offensive coordinator! Richard Sherman provided that full insight in the post game.

  25. I have never seen the Patriots offense look as inept and helpless as right now. It’s downright embarrassing. And very frustrating for us longtime Pats fans.

  26. The Pats OL is beyond horrible. On the rare times they actually managed to hold back the pass rush for greater than 2 seconds the WRs couldn’t get open. Rush defense exposed (again). No legit cover corner. LBs STILL too slow. The sole bright spot from the game last night and every game this year hands down has been Brenden Schooler. That’s an incredible indictment to how bad this team is.

    Patricia certainly was committed to throwing in the flat the entire first half. That’s all they did for the first 3-4 series. Last night was just like the week before. And the week before. And the week before.

  27. He stinks. The Patriots stink and beat up on losers… that defense was wrecked up by a team that was “having trouble on offense”, but at least they made the Bills punt. Hang a banner Patriot fan!

  28. Surprising to see Buffalo needing to punt at all in this gm. Appears Mac Jones showing a little of that Pats fire his fans are looking for from someone with an average arm. He is, after all, the 4th best QB in the AFC..East.

  29. Sounds like the Patriots players including Jones and the Lions players agree about the guy with the pencil in his ear…

  30. hartleechung says:
    December 2, 2022 at 8:32 am
    Oh oh shades of Drew Bledsoe. Seems that Mac won’t be long for the Patriots world…

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    Drew Bledsoe had a rocket for an arm. Mac doesn’t. Not even close by comparison.

  31. Nothing has gone right and the Pat’s are 6-6 in the second year of a total rebuild after 20 years of excellence things are way ahead of schedule and o love my team and staff.

  32. Calling your coach “Matty P” isn’t the best look for a 2nd year underachieving QB. The Patriots are a hot mess, and I love every minute of it.

  33. Everyone needs to stop pretending that the Pats are still a great team because they have Belichick. They are average at best and Jones is not the answer.

  34. cakesw says:
    December 2, 2022 at 6:37 am
    Oh so wait… Kyler Murray is a problem..

    And this no talent hack gets a pass ???

    How many of Mac’s teammates are blowing him up like they seem to be doing with Murray? Just in case you aren’t sure…the answer is ZERO! Can you say the same about Murray? Try understanding the different situations before making a comment like that.

  35. chingdog says:
    December 2, 2022 at 6:35 am
    Don’t know what to think of this guy. He seems to be playing better last couple of weeks…but still doesn’t look look like a franchise QB
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    Noodle arm for sure.

  36. Don’t know what to think of this guy. He seems to be playing better last couple of weeks…but still doesn’t look look like a franchise QB.

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

    He would be much better with a coach who knows how to build an offense. He would be much much better with the squad Jimmy Garoppolo has now.

  37. I have never seen the Patriots offense look as inept and helpless as right now.

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    That is how it looked before Brady. Do you know how many points did the offense score in 2000 season?

    Told you all that Belichick is a garbage on offense, but he needs A LOT LOT LOT from offense to even have a chance against good teams.

    On the other hand, he is a master at feeding on lousy offense and inexperienced QB, so his defense would get couple of games of single digits and low teens, which made his defense much better than it really is.

  38. Krafts are going to demand some wholesale changes after this season. We’ll have to wait and see if that is just losing Patricia or if BB is included in that. Something has to give and Kraft has already voiced his displeasure at the lack of forward momentum with this team since Brady left.

    The personnel on this team are better than what they have produced so far if they had adequate coaching. This is a combination of not having outstanding players and having horrific coaching. Bill owns this

  39. I still feel they are babying Jones too much. They need to let him throw downfield more. Course you need better receivers too so there is that.

  40. pacman says:
    December 2, 2022 at 10:22 am
    I still feel they are babying Jones too much. They need to let him throw downfield more. Course you need better receivers too so there is that

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    It seems that when they do he tosses interceptions

  41. Maybe the team wouldn’t be so bad if the guys in charge would allow Mac Jones to take off his training pants. Dink, dunk, handoff will not get it done.

  42. They need to let him throw downfield more. Course you need better receivers too so there is that.

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

    That needs WR who are great at getting BEHIND defenders, kind of players you should not expect from BeliCHEAP.

  43. It’s about time we saw some emotion and fire from MJ. I shut the game off, in disgust, after the first half. During that half I saw enough of Patricia’s “genius”. Several times it was third and 8. Patricia dials up a 7-yard throw. He kept the receivers in front of the DBs. The Bills only had to cover 20-yards of the field.

  44. cakesw says:
    December 2, 2022 at 6:37 am
    Oh so wait… Kyler Murray is a problem..

    And this no talent hack gets a pass ???
    ========================
    DHopkins, AGreen, RMoore, RAnderson, MBrown, GDortch, JConnor, ZErtz

    DParker, NAlgohor, JMeyers, TThorton, KBourne, RStevenson, JSmith, HHenry

    You were saying?

  45. Past 2 drafts have been pretty good, but BB’s bad drafts in the years before that have come back to bite this team as well as the horrible free agent pickups of 2021. How is it possible that for all his football “genius” BB didn’t know that Jonnu Smith is terrible.

    Agholor is an overpaid fumble machine. Bourne is a good pickup, Judon is money. But that’s where it ends.

    And Matt Patricia? I’m positive there are guys on this board who could call a better offensive game than Patricia. I never thought he was a good D coordinator but even if he is, BB’s son is there now so that’s a non-starter. Basically BB has shoved Patricia into a role he’s not suited for, which may have been ok if Brady was still back there, but it’s a terrible choice for a 2nd year limited QB.

    Kraft is mostly hands off but it’s time for him to step in this offseason and mandate some changes.

  46. William Lee says:
    December 2, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Don’t know what to think of this guy. He seems to be playing better last couple of weeks…but still doesn’t look look like a franchise QB.

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

    He would be much better with a coach who knows how to build an offense. He would be much much better with the squad Jimmy Garoppolo has now.

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    For once you posted something I agree with. The 49ers are a much better team, very similar to what Tua has now in Miami.

  47. William Lee says:
    December 2, 2022 at 10:10 am

    I have never seen the Patriots offense look as inept and helpless as right now.

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    That is how it looked before Brady. Do you know how many points did the offense score in 2000 season?

    Told you all that Belichick is a garbage on offense, but he needs A LOT LOT LOT from offense to even have a chance against good teams.

    On the other hand, he is a master at feeding on lousy offense and inexperienced QB, so his defense would get couple of games of single digits and low teens, which made his defense much better than it really is.

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    The offense was garbage in 2019, Brady’s final year with the Patriots. He kept smashing tables on the sidelines with frustration. They are rightfully rebuilding.

  48. I don’t think Mac Jones is that good. At the same time, the kid is set up to fail with no weapons and Matt Patricia calling the plays with the assistance of Joe Judge. Both can be true.

  49. nhpats2011 says:

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    Drew Bledsoe had a rocket for an arm. Mac doesn’t. Not even close by comparison.
    ===========================
    So basically Bledsoe would result in throwing deep passes more than 15% of the time and completing 44% of them? Forget the fact that JBurrow throws less than 10% of his passes deep and completes 47% of them. Or PMahommes throwing less than 10% of his passes deep and completing 50% of them. Nope. Drew. Bledsoe ….

  50. Maybe let this bright kid call his own plays? The needle that Bill Belichick is trying to thread with his odd coaching staff and assignments is not working.

  51. The offense was garbage in 2019, Brady’s final year with the Patriots.

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    LOL, the 2nd half the season with the tough schedule, in 7 out of 8 games, Pats either won or lost by less than one score, with a 31 year old injured slot receiver in Julian Edelman.

    Remember the dropped pass by Edelman on 2nd down in playoff? (I don’t blame Edelman, he was injured AND DOUBLE COVERED.)because it was a crime by Belichick the garbage to give his QB such squad.

    Still try to defend Belichick the garbage?

  52. bocasbob says:
    December 2, 2022 at 11:30 am
    Karma, OL problems–Letting Karras go and trading Shaq Mason—-ridiculous !
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    Joe Thuney was the biggest. I get you can’t pay them all which makes drafting replacements all the more critical. Karas was confusing as it was relatively cheap money.
    I almost understand Mason as the Pats thought Onwenu was ready and for the most part they guessed right on that as he has been the most consistent player on the OL this year. Not having a plan at LT or RT heading into this year is a completely different matter. There were rumors about Wynn last off season so clearly they knew he wasn’t the long term answer. Not realizing that TBrown would be the same player as he was a few years ago is inexcusable. When MLight was done they had Solder in place. Wynn was supposed to be the replacement for Solder. In year 4 Wynn is struggling for playing time at RT. That’s just not ok.

  53. The trolls burning the Pats OC are the same ones mocking the Steelers OC sveral weeks ago….LOL How does the karma feel fanboys? The train is dead on the the tracks and the Chess playing coach is just a hack without. Tammy to bail him out….enjoy?

  54. The offense was garbage in 2019, Brady’s final year with the Patriots.

    Yes it was. Brady isn’t in anyone’s but the fan club’s top 10 reasons why they won 12 games that year.

  55. The Patriots under Dick McPherson looked better than what I saw last night.

  56. He’s finally acting a bit like the fans wanted, like Brady. Only problem is he’s short a few rings and dozens of records. Waiting for the Patriot hype to bring back McDaniels and Stidham. This is so fun to watch. Normalcy is making this fan base crazy. Their just now realizing the dynasty is done. Everyone else could see that it’s been done for awhile now.

  57. Don’t let this distract you from the fact that Mike Purcell also yelled at Russell Wilson on the sideline because he said he was trying to give the team “a spark”.

  58. LOL, the 2nd half the season with the tough schedule, in 7 out of 8 games, Pats either won or lost by less than one score, with a 31 year old injured slot receiver in Julian Edelman.

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    In 2019, Brady had Jakobi Meyers who is currently the best receiver on the roster. Brady should have targeted Meyers more than an injured old Edelman.

  59. “That is how it looked before Brady. Do you know how many points did the offense score in 2000 season?”

    That’s one of the worst takes I’ve ever seen. Are you implying Brady came in and was the reason they had an offense? That’s pretty incredible given the fact that he was a game manager for at least half of his career. He had a great defense and an elite line that gave him all the time he needed to throw to his rb, te, and slot receivers running quick slants and other short routes. He had to just not turn the ball over. He wasn’t some gunslinger carry his team on his back to super bowls. It’s like everybody forgets his career pre Moss.

  60. pacman says:
    December 2, 2022 at 10:22 am
    I still feel they are babying Jones too much. They need to let him throw downfield more. Course you need better receivers too so there is that

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    It seems that when they do he tosses interceptions

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    That might be true, but I still feel they need to figure out if he can do that long term … otherwise try to find the next QB

  61. dean7979 says:
    December 2, 2022 at 2:10 pm
    “That is how it looked before Brady. Do you know how many points did the offense score in 2000 season?”

    That’s one of the worst takes I’ve ever seen. Are you implying Brady came in and was the reason they had an offense? That’s pretty incredible given the fact that he was a game manager for at least half of his career. He had a great defense and an elite line that gave him all the time he needed to throw to his rb, te, and slot receivers running quick slants and other short routes. He had to just not turn the ball over. He wasn’t some gunslinger carry his team on his back to super bowls. It’s like everybody forgets his career pre Moss.
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    Perhaps it’s you that should forget about Moss and their first magical year together and look back at the facts.

    Was TB a game manager in first SB as a rookie, sure, clutch, but a manager. But the very next SB, his first year as full time starter he threw for 350+ yds and 3 TDs vs Panthers? I mean really, the facts are right there.

    The ‘game manager’ crowd always loses me, what does that even mean? Should QBs throw 40yds down field every play to wow the crowd in what will most likely be low percentage throws and surmounting losses or be smarter with the football and ‘March’ down the field, chewing up clock, getting everyone involved, utilizing play action, etc…. TB has always had one of the quickest release times in the NFL his whole career too, so the mantra of his elite line giving him all the time in the world is false too, the ball is out of his hands.

    Brady excelled between the ears more than any other QB, had above average physical tools, was paired with an all time great Def coach and won a lot, it’s that simple.

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