Mac Jones Patriots Dec 18, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) reacts in the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Patriots 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots have struggled on the offensive side of the ball this year and has not gotten strong play from the quarterback position. But offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien doesn’t seem to think that Mac Jones is the primary reason for the team’s offensive struggles.

During his press conference, Bill O’Brien defended Mac Jones against the criticism he has received this season, saying that blame should be placed on him instead.

“Things haven’t gone great for him this year,” O’Brien said according to Michael Hurley of WBZ. “I don’t think that he’s the No. 1 guy to blame. If you want to blame anyone, blame me. I’m the one who designs it, and it’s not going very well.”

Regardless of who deserves blame for the team’s offensive struggles, it’s quite clear that the team just hasn’t been good enough. The Patriots currently rank next to last in the league in scoring offense, averaging just 13.5 points per game. New England is ahead of only the New York Giants in that category – a team the Patriots lost to this week.

If this continues for the rest of the season, it’s clear that the Patriots are going to have to make some changes during the offseason, whether it’s at quarterback, coordinator, or even head coach.

[Michael Hurley]