December 5, 2023


“Actually, that is the most effective throw I’ve ever seen him make.”

Mac Jones and the Patriots stormed again to beat the Payments, 29-25, on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. AP Photograph/Michael Dwyer

Rex Ryan has by no means been one to shirk away from making his opinions recognized.

Over the previous few years, the previous Jets and Payments head coach has directed loads of verbal barbs towards Mac Jones and the New England Patriots.

Throughout New England’s woeful 1-5 begin to the 2023 season, Ryan commonly took Jones to job over his arm energy and incapability to orchestrate environment friendly drives into the pink zone.

“Are you referring to peashooter Jones?” Ryan mentioned on ESPN after New England’s loss to Dallas earlier this month, referencing a nickname he gave Jones in 2021. “Right here’s the factor: The man doesn’t have an entire lot of arm expertise. I’ve mentioned it from [the] leap, perhaps the weakest arm for all beginning quarterbacks within the league.”

However after Jones orchestrated a powerful game-winning drive within the fourth quarter and led the Patriots to an upset win over the Payments on Sunday afternoon, even a critic like Ryan needed to tip his cap.

“Actually, that is the most effective throw I’ve ever seen him make,” Ryan mentioned on ESPN’s “Get Up” on Monday in reference to Jones’ throw to Hunter Henry throughout that game-winning, fourth-quarter drive.

Simply 5 performs after Jones transformed on a Third-and-8 scenario off that throw to Henry, the Patriots QB hit Mike Gesicki for a one-yard landing to place New England forward for good, 29-25. Jones completed Sunday’s win over Buffalo with an 83.3 completion proportion (25-of-30) to go together with two touchdowns and nil interceptions. 

Ryan was not the one media persona to commend Jones for his efficiency after New England’s bounce-back efficiency in opposition to its AFC East foe. 

“I believe it was refreshing to listen to Mac Jones not feeling crushed down by the Belichick protection in New England in the previous few weeks,” longtime NFL author Peter King wrote in his weekly “Soccer Morning in America” column for NBC Sports activities. “After taking part in his greatest sport within the league in almost two years within the 29-25 upset over Buffalo in Foxboro, what was clear to me was how Jones, as anticipated, is sweet at compartmentalizing what actually issues in soccer: leaving the skin stuff on the locker-room door. Enterprise is enterprise. Don’t let outdoors stuff intervene with it.”