The Patriots’ 2023 offseason will likely go down as one of the craziest in the team’s history purely based on the amount of drama that has been revealed and created surrounding the team in the media.
Although most of the headlines have involved quarterback Mac Jones and Bill Belichick, neither has spoken publicly about the continued speculation until now.
While attending an event at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro South this past week, Jones spoke to WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton to share his thoughts on his new offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien, and the excited feeling within the Patriots locker room.
"“I think we’re all excited for this next year, and it just starts with putting your head down and going to work. We’ve got a great group of guys, and it’s all about how you come together as a team — players, coaches, everybody.So I’m excited to work with (O’Brien), and I know we all are, and it’s gonna be a great year. We’ve just gotta put the work in.”"
It’s unsurprising that Jones and his teammates look forward to working with the former Alabama play-caller after attempting to work with Matt Patricia and Joe Judge’s inexperience last season.
Because of that, Jones’ performance suffered after he accomplished a noteworthy rookie season. But it appears that Belichick realized his mistakes last year of putting his young quarterback in no position to win and has dramatically altered the offense ahead of the 2023 season.
The quarterback also discussed what he has been up to since the offseason began, detailing how much work he’s been putting in after reports indicated he had been spending nearly every day at the Patriots’ facility in recent weeks.
"“(The offseason has) been good. I think it’s important to just evaluate everything. Obviously, a day like today, it takes your mind off football and you get to enjoy the kids. But I’ve definitely been giving it a lot, just like every year, and just super excited to get back with the guys here soon and get to work.”"
It will be interesting to see how well Jones and O’Brien can work together and where the offense can go under near leadership and coaching.
With offseason activities starting next week and the draft just two weeks away, the Patriots’ team will begin to form and will -hopefully- look much better this time than they did at this point last year.