October 1, 2023


“I feel everyone knows how Mac feels. All of us really feel the identical method.”

Mac Jones. AP Photograph/Greg M. Cooper
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Mac Jones shouldered the blame for New England’s season-opening loss to the Eagles.

The Patriots let him throw the ball 54 occasions on Sunday, and for essentially the most half, it went nicely. He threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns towards one interception.

Nonetheless, the interception proved pricey and may very well be thought of because the deciding issue within the sport. Darius Slay caught a excessive go that bounced off of Kendrick Bourne’s fingertips and returned it 70 yards for Philadelphia’s first landing of the season.

The Patriots put themselves in an early gap that they didn’t have the power to climb out of. New England got here shut, with a pair of alternatives to drag forward late within the fourth quarter.

However ultimately, Jones and the Patriots got here up brief.

“They gave me the ball twice to win the sport, and I couldn’t do it,” Jones stated. “I’ve simply bought to return and watch and see what I can do higher, however as a quarterback, that hurts, proper? You get an opportunity to win the sport twice and may’t do it. You’ve simply bought to be taught from it. You solely get so many alternatives within the NFL to try this, and I felt like I positively let the workforce down.”

Some folks, together with Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon, would argue that Jones’s evaluation of his efficiency was a bit harsh. Judon informed reporters after the sport that Jones “performed his butt off.”

Patriots coach Invoice Belichick was requested for his opinion on Jones’s postgame feedback on Monday morning throughout a convention name with reporters.

“Nicely, look, I feel everyone did a whole lot of good issues within the sport,” Belichick stated. “And I’m positive everyone feels the identical method that Mac does, that if we had all carried out one or two issues somewhat bit higher, it may’ve made a distinction.”

“So, I’m positive everyone feels the identical method that Mac does,” Belichick continued. “Each participant and coach that participated within the sport. That stated, there have been a whole lot of – there have been positives within the sport that we’ve to construct on, however ultimately, any of us may have helped somewhat bit extra, and it may need made a distinction. I feel everyone knows how Mac feels. All of us really feel the identical method.”

Jones appeared to finish a go to Kayshon Boutte on a key fourth down on the ultimate drive, however Boutte was dominated out of bounds which gave Philadelphia one final possession to expire the clock.

On the drive earlier than, a fourth-down go from Jones supposed for Hunter Henry fell incomplete.

However, there have been positives too. Jones hit Demario Douglas on a nook route for a giant achieve. Kendrick Bourne snagged a pair of touchdowns. Henry had a key fourth down catch earlier within the sport to maintain a drive alive.

Jones performed nicely in New England’s opener. Statistically talking, he outplayed Jalen Hurts though Philadelphia bought the win. Jones had extra touchdowns, extra passing yards, extra yards per completion, and had a better quarterback ranking than Hurts.

However, as Jones stated, it wasn’t sufficient to get the win.