December 8, 2023

Patriots

Mac Jones stays the starter. AP Picture/Michael Dwyer

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Regardless of being pulled from the Patriots’ final two blowout losses, Mac Jones is anticipated to be New England’s beginning quarterback this week in response to Patriots offensive coordinator Invoice O’Brien.

The Patriots have been outscored 72-3 of their final two video games. Jones has 4 interceptions and a fumble that was returned for a landing throughout that stretch. He hasn’t thrown a landing move because the Patriots lone win in opposition to the Jets.

However, New England is sticking with him for now. Whereas Jones’s play has been a problem, the Patriots have much more issues than simply the quarterback.

“It’s not about one man,” O’Brien mentioned. “He’d be the primary to let you know that there are issues he has to do higher, whether or not it’s caring for the ball or possibly studying the route higher or getting us into a greater play.

“It’s a collective effort, that’s why it’s not a 1-on-1 sport,” O’Brien continued. “It’s an 11-man sport. We’re making an attempt to get 11 guys on the identical web page and doing the appropriate factor on each play and proper now we’re not close to doing that. So it’s not about one man however because the quarterback, you’re going to shoulder quite a lot of that and he understands that.”

Jones has began the entire Patriots’ video games this season, despite the fact that he was unable to complete the final two. O’Brien mentioned the Patriots can’t afford to offer Jones a break.

“There’s no time for psychological breaks,” O’Brien mentioned. “These are in your days off, I suppose. It’s the grind of the season. To be able to be on this league as a coach, as a participant, as anyone on this league you must be mentally robust.

“There’s a grind that goes to the league,” O’Brien continued. “It’s a 17-week grind, and all of us must be mentally robust. The solar got here up at the moment, and we’re going to observe at the moment, and get after it and be essentially sound at the moment and see what occurs tomorrow. Someday at a time.”

The Patriots are scoring an NFL-worst 11 factors per recreation. Sunday’s loss marked the worst residence lack of the Invoice Belichick period. Belichick vowed that the staff would “begin throughout” because it makes an attempt to reverse course on a disastrous begin to the season.

It seems Mac Jones may have one other likelihood to show issues round.

“It’s what it’s. We’ve acquired to get it higher,” O’Brien mentioned. “Everyone understands what their function is in it. As a quarterback, you’re the point of interest. Everyone understands that, so that you shoulder quite a lot of blame. However, on the finish of the day, it’s a staff sport and all of us must do our half.”