Every NFL team is a little rusty entering camp, but it’s never a good sign when your starting quarterback admits to reporters that things aren’t going well. But that’s exactly what happened with Mac Jones at the New England Patriots training camp.
Mac Jones: “I’m going to figure it out. I always have. I always will. At the end of the day, you’re going to have your ups and downs with anything new. … When there’s 10 people that look into my eyes, I know they’re going to trust me to do the right thing on game day.” pic.twitter.com/OdIfE6vYQ5
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 9, 2022
“I’m going to figure it out. I always have. I always will,” Jones said in a video shared by Patriots reporter Mike Reiss. “At the end of the day, you’re going to have your ups and downs with anything new. But I’ve learned a lot of different systems and the guys around me have too. We know what football looks like. We know what a good play looks like and the schematics behind it. It’s not just the result, it’s the process of how it looks.”
“Run the play, hat on a hat, pass protection, hat on a hat, and the guys getting open which they’ve done. There just needs to be more consistency. We all trust each other at the end of the day. When I walk on the field, there’s ten people that look into my eyes I know that they’re going to trust me to do the right thing on game day.”
The Patriots restructured their offense after coordinator Josh McDaniels left to become the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders following the 2021-22 season. The Patriots brought in former NFL head coaches Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions and Joe Judge of the New York Giants, but neither of them has ever coordinated an NFL offense before.
New England still has a month before the season officially starts, but things aren’t looking good.