The Patriots’ decision to forgo an offensive coordinator last season didn’t work out for the team or quarterback Mac Jones.
In 2022, New England’s offensive play calling was handled by Matt Patricia and Joe Judge, more defensive coaches. As a result, Mac Jones ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in most passing categories.
The Patriots missed the playoffs and their 8-9 record was their second losing record since 2000.
Former Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has been brought in to fill the offensive play calling gap. Mac Jones says the fact they were both at Alabama makes it easy to get on the same page.
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“I can’t get into specifics, but I think for me, it’s terminology and things like that, that are definitely things I’ve seen before in the past,” Jones said.
“OB’s been around and he’s taken a lot of good things from each stop. I feel like, for me, it’s just being a sponge. Whatever quarterback he’s coached, I can learn from, whether that’s Bryce [Young] or Deshaun [Watson], or at Penn State. He has such great experience in this league, and in football and in the football world.
“It’s like a walking dictionary; just pick his brain and see the game how he sees it, how I see it, and then come together and mesh to create a really good offense.”
“It’s been normal. I think everything he’s done so far has been really good,” Jones added.
“I think the communication is the most important part, and trust, I think it all starts with that when you’re with a new coach. He’s done a great job in controlling the room. I feel like everyone’s on the same page. We’ve just got to continue to do it; it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
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