In the Patriots’ first padded practice of training camp, Matt Patricia spoke highly of Mac Jones and detailed who is making the play-calling decisions.
Before the start of the first padded practice of the season, Patriots’ coach Matt Patricia was made available for the media to speak to.
Of course, most of the questions regarded his new position within the offense and what that would entail. And although he gave a bit more insight, his response was still elusive in the true Patriot way;
"“There is a share of responsibilities that goes on in those situations, which is great. I think the good thing is as an offensive staff, we really try to split the meetings and everyone tries to input in different areas, so that it’s not always the same person up there all the time giving all the information.”"
One of the most interesting parts of what Patricia said was that between him, Bill Belichick and Joe Judge, etc., they are handling the offense in a “divide and conquer” type of way.
Because of the lack of offensive experience that has been a concern since Josh McDaniels’ departure, the collaborative effort between coaches should put some worry at ease. There may be no true titles given this season, but it’s clear Belichick is not throwing any of his staff to the wolves;
"“The good thing is that, as an offensive staff, we try to split a lot of the meetings. We look at it as a shared responsibility right now. We have an established culture here that we all understand that input comes across the board. When a hard decision needs to be made, we are lucky enough that our head coach here is involved in all aspects of the game.”"
In regards to Mac Jones, Patricia had nothing but praise for the quarterback. He reiterated how he can show Jones a different viewpoint of the offense, coming from a heavy defensive background, making his meetings and conversations with Jones much more interesting.
When asked directly what he’s seen from Jones so far from working with him, Patricia explained how impressed he was with how well he adjusted from college football to the NFL and the comfort he has shown so early in his career;