Patriots: Mac Jones’ comment on taking big hits is borderline sadistic
By Jerry Trotta
The New England Patriots are 2-4 through six games, and there isn’t one thing you can point to as the main culprit for their slow start.
Their running backs have coughed up the football at inopportune times. Aside from a few standouts, like Matt Judon, Adrian Phillips, and Deatrich Wise, the defense has largely been a disappointment.
Though Hunter Henry has come to life in recent weeks, the Patriots’ overhaul at wide receiver and tight end hasn’t made the difference fans were hoping for.
With all that being said, though, is it fair to say the offensive line has been the most disappointing positional group?
That’s how we feel, anyway.
After all, Mac Jones is so used to getting walloped in the backfield that he apparently enjoys taking big hits!
Patriots QB Mac Jones apparently enjoys taking big hits.
"“I think getting hit is always fun because it makes it more fun,” Jones told WEEI on Monday. “That’s part of the game. The best part is getting back up and knowing that you’re fine and you can just go out there and keep playing. Sometimes you don’t get hit all the time in practice, obviously.“So, it’s OK to get hit a little bit and pop back up and it just adds a little bit of competitive juices to the whole situation. At the end of the day, it’s part of the game. The best quarterbacks in the world, they all pop up quick and play the next play.”"
See! The Patriots’ inept offensive line has turned the beloved rookie quarterback into a sadistic lunatic.
In all seriousness, this is an admirable attitude from Jones, and it’ll no doubt help him win over the few fans that haven’t bought into him yet. However, he definitely shouldn’t normalize getting man-handled every week.
In Week 4 vs the Buccaneers, Isaiah Wynn getting steamrolled by Vita Vea gave Joe Tyron-Shoyinka a free hit on the No. 15 overall pick.
The same thing happened Sunday against Dallas, though Yodny Cajuste was at fault this time. Randy Gregory blew past the backup tackle as if he was a practice dummy and laid one of the biggest hits we’ve seen a QB take in recent memory.
There’s a very two-sided feel to this. While Patriots fans should feel encouraged that Jones continues to pop right back up after getting bull-rushed, they should also feel terrified these kind of hits keep happening.
Jones is clearly as tough as they come, but sooner or later he’s going to stay down after taking one of these. Then what?
Again, we love that getting hit fuels his competitive drive, but the bottom line is that Jones shouldn’t be in a position to field questions like this.
Let’s hope the offensive line gets their act together, because the unit should be ashamed the rookie has been on the ground as much as he has this year.