December 4, 2023


“When you lose your confidence on this league, it is powerful.”

Mac Jones has been benched thrice in 10 video games this season. Jim Davis/Globe Employees

Julian Edelman was considered one of many former Patriots stars who couldn’t masks their frustration on-line after Mac Jones doled out yet one more pricey interception final Sunday.

“That was unhealthy,” Edelman posted on X after Jones’ tenth interception of the 2023 season worn out a possible go-ahead landing for the Patriots within the fourth quarter of their 10-6 loss to the Colts in Germany.

The two-8 Patriots have been hampered all season lengthy by a sputtering offensive unit, with Jones’ lapses in execution and poor decision-making routinely dismantling New England’s drives at crucial junctures of video games.

Jones, whose standing as New England’s QB1 stays up within the air through the bye week, has not been aided in his third NFL marketing campaign because of a porous offensive line and a dearth of confirmed playmakers to throw to. 

However Edelman famous throughout his newest look on Fox Sports activities’ “The Herd” Thursday that Jones’ extreme regression in 2023 falls on an absence of perception in himself to make the required throws and ship when known as upon.

“It’s simply been powerful for Mac to execute in high-pressure conditions and it comes all the way down to his confidence,” Edelman stated. “He’s misplaced his confidence, and when you lose your confidence on this league, it’s powerful. I bear in mind there have been a few occasions the place, you drop a ball or one thing right here or there, and also you begin enthusiastic about it the subsequent play.

“‘Straightforward play, oh that is going to be straightforward.’ And once you’re enthusiastic about issues, it’s not permitting you to play quick. It’s not permitting your unconscious to kick in, and instincts to play the sport for you, and that’s what it’s been proper now. He’s simply misplaced his confidence. It sucks for him, however, you recognize, that’s what’s occurred.”

It’s been powerful sledding all season lengthy for Jones, who has struggled to regain his kind after incomes Professional Bowl honors as a rookie in 2021.

However since Josh McDaniels left Foxborough in January 2022 for a failed stint as the pinnacle coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, Jones has accomplished little to point out the promise he flashed in his first foray in opposition to NFL competitors.

And even with the aforementioned points plaguing New England’s offensive personnel past the QB play, Edelman doesn’t imagine that Jones ought to be let off the hook.

“If you happen to’re a man, you’re a man,” Edelman stated. “I’m not gonna come out right here and simply bash on Мас. Yeah, it’s been horrible for the entire unit — one play it’s the offensive line, one play the receiver slips, one play the receiver drops the ball, there’s a foul throw and collectively they’re not doing nicely.

“However that is the Nationwide Soccer League. If you happen to don’t win, the quarterback and the pinnacle coach get the blame. … This can be a manufacturing enterprise, okay? And everybody retains on eager to say, ‘Oh, he’s had three offensive coordinators.’ … He’s actually solely had two offensive coordinators. I had Billy O’Brien and Josh McDaniels. That’s the identical scheme. There’s a few wrinkles right here and there, however you’re basically doing the identical issues.”