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Mac Jones talks newest benching and his future as Patriots starter on WEEI


“We simply didn’t have the solutions to the check yesterday.”

Mac Jones and the Patriots are spiraling simply 5 weeks into the season. AP Photograph/Michael Dwyer

Patriots QB Mac Jones appeared on WEEI’s “Jones & Mego” present on Monday, relating quite a lot of subjects together with his newest benching towards the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and his future because the staff’s beginning quarterback. 

Listed here are a couple of highlights from Jones’ prolonged radio interview:

One other blowout loss

The 2023 Patriots hit a brand new low on Sunday.

Coming off of a 38-3 drubbing by the hands of the Cowboys in Week 4, the Patriots fully bottomed out towards the Saints by means of a 34-0 blowout.

After developing simply quick towards two daunting groups within the Eagles and Dolphins in Weeks 1 and a couple of, New England has been non-competitive over its final two defeats.

The Patriots haven’t scored a landing in 10 straight quarters, with their final offensive landing coming off of Pharaoh Brown’s 58-yard rating towards the Jets in Week 3. New England has relinquished 69 unanswered factors, and has solely made one trek to the pink zone within the final three video games.

What was as soon as anticipated to be a “get proper” sport towards a pedestrian Saints staff has solely additional validated that the 2023 season may already be misplaced for New England.

“The largest factor is attempting to determine the foundation trigger to every of the problems,” Jones stated of New England’s defeat towards the Saints. “That’s taking part in higher as a staff, that’s taking part in higher for me because the quarterback. We simply didn’t have the solutions to the check yesterday. You simply gotta transfer ahead on this league. That’s what it’s. You possibly can’t look again, you’ve acquired to maneuver ahead. I’m not proud of something. No one is, and it begins with me because the quarterback.”

Following their newest loss, the Patriots rank useless final within the NFL in factors per sport (11.0) and factors per possession (0.87). Even throughout final yr’s debacle with Matt Patricia and Joe Choose, New England nonetheless ranked seventeenth within the NFL in factors per sport (21.4).

“You simply need to discover the foundation reason behind why it’s not taking place, after which from there you need to downside remedy. Work out,

‘Hey, what can we do higher, what can I do higher?’. Clearly it’s been a development for a couple of years round right here and it simply must be an enchancment. That may actually assist us get off to a greater begin within the video games.”

A future in New England? 

Based mostly on Invoice Belichick’s postgame feedback on Sunday, it seems as if Jones will as soon as once more get the nod subsequent Sunday when New England heads to Las Vegas to tackle the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium.

However with Bailey Zappe reportedly incomes extra apply reps this previous week, Jones’ once-established spot on the high of the depth chart is likely to be on shaky floor at this stage of the season. 

“We have been off right this moment,” Jones stated when requested if he’s nonetheless the staff’s starter shifting ahead. “So, clearly I’m going to concentrate on watching all of the tape I can and actually simply trying ahead to attempting to give you a sport plan of what I can do higher.

“That’s what I do each week and I’ve achieved that each week since I’ve been within the NFL. I do know we haven’t achieved nice on offense and there’s quite a lot of uncertainty surrounding every thing, however on the finish of the day I’ve to go on the market and concentrate on what I can management.”

Jones brushes apart Fox Sports activities report

Within the wake of yet one more benching for Jones on Sunday, one supply near the Patriots QB dropped a whopper of a quote to Fox Sports activities’ Henry McKenna.

“Regardless of how good of prepare dinner you’re, you can not make rubbish style good,” the supply near Jones informed FOX Sports activities on Sunday. “Even when it was not Mac at QB, what QB would need to play right here beneath these situations?”

Requested about these feedback on Monday, Jones stated he didn’t see the report and pushed again towards the assertion. 

“I didn’t see that. I don’t do social media,” Jones stated. “I attempt to keep off and eradicate the noise. However I disagree with that. I believe now we have a very gifted group of fellows that I’ve been lucky to work with this complete offseason and into the season. Some guys, for 3 or 4 years. I’ve been part of an incredible group. So, I undoubtedly disagree with that.”