Julian Edelman shares why he wasn’t a fan of Patriots’ Mac Jones
The Patriots 2022 has continued to have people talking well after their season ended in week 18. Besides the offensive play-calling dominating headlines throughout the year, Mac Jones showing frustration on the field was one of the most criticized aspects of New England’s season.
Usually, most of those who share unfavorable reactions to what the team is doing is media members. But this season was different, as several former Patriots players shared their thoughts on what they saw every week.
Although much of the quarterback’s outbursts were warranted, given the state of the offense as a whole, because he was amidst a sophomore regression, many felt Jones wasn’t in a position to “show up” his coaches.
One of the more vocal players to share his distaste for Jones’ behavior was and remains to be Julian Edelman.
During a recent appearance on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast, the former Patriots receiver double-downed on his take regarding Jones, detailing his feelings and explaining why he hopes not to see the outbursts anymore.
"“He’s a good kid, but you see people and who they really are when (expletive) is hitting the fan and you can’t do that as a quarterback. He’s a young guy and his situation that he was in — I’m not saying it was an easy situation, especially having Matty P calling plays. But everyone is watching you when you’re the quarterback. There’s something to be said about that, and there’s a standard. There’s rules.Don’t come at me saying, ‘Oh, well Brady,’ Brady had like three Super Bowls when (expletive) showed up a coach for one — for the first time. Not showed up a coach, but he got into an argument with someone and showed emotion. You can’t do that, especially when you’re still trying to learn who you are.”"
With many changes expected before the start of the 2023 season, the belief is the offense will be vastly improved. Bill Belichick has already re-hired Bill O’Brien to take over as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, held by Matt Patricia and Joe Judge last season. And the head coach is expected to add more to the staff as interviews continue for a new offensive line coach.
Last season was difficult for all involved, and Jones most certainly learned a lot in his second season. With changes almost demanded by Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the offense should be in much better shape next year, and Jones’ fits are most likely a thing of the past.