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Invoice Belichick absolves Mac Jones regardless of benching him for second straight sport: ‘Definitely wasn’t all on him’


It looks as if everybody however Invoice Belichick thinks the New England Patriots have a quarterback downside.

For a second consecutive sport, Mac Jones was benched amid a blowout – on Sunday, the Pats fell embarrassingly to the New Orleans Saints, 34-0.

Jones additionally took a seat when the Patriots have been getting blown out by the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4, a sport they misplaced, 38-3.


Head coach Invoice Belichick of the New England Patriots watches his gamers, together with quarterback Mac Jones, heat up earlier than the Raiders sport at Allegiant Stadium on Dec. 18, 2022, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Photographs)

Whereas the Pats have scored simply three factors of their final two video games, they’ve allowed 72, so regardless of Jones’ struggles, Belichick was fast to say there have been different points.

“Yeah,” Belichick stated when requested if Jones could be the Pats’ quarterback shifting ahead. “There have been a whole lot of issues. It actually wasn’t all on him.”

After having the ability to sleep on the loss, Belichick instructed WEEI on Monday that he and his workers have been going to “check out every thing.”

“Clearly we didn’t do something effectively sufficient yesterday,” he stated. “Pissed off, however we’ll simply need to work our approach out of it. That’s all there’s to it.”

Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe walk out on the field

Mac Jones, left, and Bailey Zappe of the New England Patriots take the sphere for the Cardinals sport at State Farm Stadium on Dec. 12, 2022, in Glendale, Arizona.  (Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs)

“All good performs include good fundamentals, so we have to be a greater elementary staff in each space,” Belichick stated. “Once more, between schemes, coaches, gamers’ consciousness, situational consciousness, we have to do a greater job than what we’re doing. I imply I don’t assume there’s anyone factor that’s going to alter it, or one participant. We simply all need to do a greater job.”

Regardless of Jones getting out of labor early on back-to-back Sundays, Belichick nonetheless thinks the 2 have a very good relationship.

“I’ve received a very good relationship with Mac since he’s been right here,” he stated. “Meet with him regularly and we’ve got a very good line of communication. He works exhausting and I’ve a whole lot of respect for what he does.”

In his first two video games, Jones accomplished 68.8% of his passes (66-for-96) for 4 touchdowns and 547 yards, albeit each in shedding efforts. However since then, he is 39-for-72 (54.2%) for one landing, 4 interceptions, and 461 yards.

Mac Jones reacts to play

Mac Jones of the New England Patriots reacts after a play in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 10, 2023, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Photographs)


The Pats will fly west subsequent week for a date with one among Belichick’s prodigies in Josh McDaniels, whose Las Vegas Raiders beat New England final yr on a miracle play during which Chandler Jones intercepted a wild backward cross, stiff-armed Jones to the turf, and bumped into the top zone as time expired.

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