Mac Jones’s decision-making can be some extent of emphasis this week, says Invoice O’Brien


Invoice O’Brien stated a number of the choices Mac Jones made Sunday have been “uncharacteristic.”

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Offensive coordinator Invoice OBrien (left) is aware of there may be work to be carried out with third-year quarterback Mac Jones.

After a dismal efficiency in Dallas that resulted within the worst lack of Invoice Belichick’s profession, Patriots offensive coordinator Invoice O’Brien is feeling strain to repair the offense.

Nobody is feeling good in regards to the staff’s 1-3 file, O’Brien stated.

“We now have to resolve issues proper now,” O’Brien stated. “The clock is ticking. We understand that. However, we expect there are some issues we will do to enhance.”

Serving to quarterback Mac Jones make higher choices can be some extent of emphasis for O’Brien this week. By means of 4 video games, Jones has 5 landing passes in opposition to 4 interceptions.

On Sunday, two of Jones’s three turnovers resulted in Cowboys touchdowns.

With the Patriots pinned inside their 10-yard line, Jones tried to scramble away from the strain. He didn’t make it previous the road of scrimmage earlier than Dallas’s Dante Fowler chased him down and punched the ball out. It bounced ahead to the 11, the place Leighton Vander Esch scooped it up and raced in for a rating.

Just a little later, Daron Bland pounced on a Jones throw supposed for Kendrick Bourne and returned the interception 54 yards for a landing.

“I feel we will do lots of issues to assist Mac’s decision-making,” O’Brien stated. “He can do issues himself to be higher. I’m positive he could be the primary to inform you that.

“So we’re going to work exhausting on that this week, , like listed below are some issues we’re going that can assist you with, whether or not it’s mechanics or the place your eyes are or what it’s.

“He’s already talked about, ‘Hey, listed below are some issues I’m going to do.’ We’re going to be on the identical web page. We’re very a lot on this collectively. No person is pointing fingers. We all know we have now rather a lot to enhance on; we have now to get it carried out, although.”

O’Brien stated a number of the choices Jones made Sunday have been “uncharacteristic.” Jones is a competitor who needs to win, and he was simply making an attempt to make performs, O’Brien stated. Nonetheless, it’s necessary for the quarterback to maintain his limitations in thoughts.

“I feel you all the time must play mentally inside your self,” O’Brien stated. “It doesn’t imply that you could’t take calculated dangers. It doesn’t imply that when one thing opens up and also you’re not a runner that you could’t take off and run. It doesn’t imply that.

“It simply implies that it’s a must to do a extremely good job of understanding what we’re making an attempt to do on each play after which executing the play to one of the best of your capability at a excessive stage and take what the protection offers you.”

Filling the Judon void

With Matthew Judon out indefinitely with a decrease biceps tendon tear, linebackers coach Jerod Mayo stated the Patriots are approaching issues with a “subsequent man up” mentality. That doubtless means extra enjoying time for rookie Keion White, who made his first NFL begin in opposition to the Jets in Week 3.

“Will probably be a number of guys, clearly,” Mayo stated. “Keion goes to play extra, merely stated. We actually want him to point out up.

“There can be totally different guys on the roster to assist fill that void, , with [Deatrich] Smart and people guys like that. We don’t simply play 4 down, we don’t simply play three down, we’re fairly versatile with our scheme, so we’re making an attempt to determine it out.”

Together with White and Smart, Mayo talked about Anfernee Jennings amongst gamers who will assist fill in for Judon.

“He’s all the time within the combine,” Mayo stated. “He’s truly been doing an excellent job over the previous couple of weeks when he will get his alternatives. He’s gone on the market and performed effectively, so completely.”

Nook holes

Rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez is also out indefinitely after dislocating his shoulder Sunday.

“We now have guys that may play in these roles,” Mayo stated. “Clearly it hurts to lose a man like Gonzo, however on the similar time, we’re going via the game-planning course of proper now and we really feel fairly assured that we have now guys who can fill that function.”

The Patriots have already got three cornerbacks — Marcus Jones, Jack Jones, and Isaiah Bolden — on injured reserve. And veteran Jonathan Jones, who’s coping with an ankle harm, hasn’t performed for the reason that opener in opposition to Philadelphia.

Myles Bryant and Shaun Wade noticed elevated enjoying time in opposition to Dallas after Gonzalez’s harm.

Mayo stated Jalen Mills, whose enjoying time has dipped this season, additionally can be within the combine.

“He’s dealt with issues outstandingly,” Mayo stated. “It’s all the time robust while you don’t play as a lot as you wish to play. All these guys are rivals, however he’s dealt with it as a real skilled.

“We all the time discuss versatility. He’s one other a type of guys while you discuss in regards to the accidents that we’ve had, he’s a type of guys that may play on the perimeter, play security; when you want him within the field, he can try this as effectively. We actually want him to return via for us.”