Man, we didn’t know non-fans of the New England Patriots were so in tune to … the New England Patriots? Looks like Bill Belichick still has that rent-free stake in so many brains out there, even without Tom Brady.
Why? Because all of a sudden everyone is concerned about rookie quarterback Mac Jones’ usage in the Patriots’ offense.
Ohhh … we know why. It’s because the haters can’t stand hearing about Jones being the most successful first-year signal caller from this year’s draft class through the first two weeks.
And in order to invalidate those claims, you simply need to have the contrarians grasping for straws to “prove” why Jones actually isn’t that good.
Don’t you DARE take any statistics through Week 2 at face value because Jones is the “checkdown king,” according to the haters.
Guess we’re forced to believe the haters — oh, wait, nope.
Stop whining about Mac Jones if you’re not a Patriots fan, OK?
Let’s hear it. That adjusted completion percentage isn’t legit because most of Jones’ passes have been of the shorter variety. We’re truly sorry the Patriots coaching staff game-planned in a manner to put Jones in the best position possible … only to watch him succeed.
Belichick and the Patriots, over the last two-plus decades, have the least amount of experience grooming young quarterbacks … yet they’re taking an incredibly nuanced approach in the post-Tom Brady era to ensure the next decade of football in New England is a success.
Perhaps other franchises should learn from this? How many times have we seen rookie QBs crash and burn from being thrown into the fire too early and being tasked to shoulder an impossible load?
If you watched the Patriots-Jets game on Sunday, you’d understand. The Jets couldn’t protect Zach Wilson, and there was hardly a plan to get the ball out of the former BYU star’s hands. Four interceptions later, and New York loses 25-6. But we guess it was “cooler” that Wilson was allowed to be “unleashed” by slinging the ball into triple coverage down the field?
Thanks, but no thanks. We’ll take Jones easing into the offense, going through his reads, and getting a feel for the NFL, which is an entirely different beast than the NCAA … even the SEC.
We’re sure Jones is happy with chicken fingers, too, Mr. Wright. Who isn’t? The filet mignon can wait, there’s no rush.
If Damien Harris didn’t spill Jones’ ketchup late in the fourth quarter of Week 1, then the Patriots are 2-0. Don’t forget that. When the rookie needs to unleash deep throws (which we’ve seen plenty of in his first two career games), he’ll be ready for the task. Don’t fault the Patriots for being smart and understanding the best approach against their early opponents.