‘Lot of Room for Improvement’ – Bill Belichick Comments on Mac Jones After Saints Loss

Published 09/27/2021, 1:15 PM EDT
Sep 26, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) scrambles with the ball against New Orleans Saints during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports


Mac Jones arrived in New England as the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. This year’s draft boasted a long list of promising quarterbacks including the likes of Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance. The fact that the Patriots managed to get their man was an achievement in itself.

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Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Mac Jones (Alabama) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the New England Patriots as the number 15 overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jones led the Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team to the CFP National Championship title in his final college football season. He also managed to convince coach Bill Belichick that he is the right man for the New England Patriots starting quarterback role in Boston ahead of veteran, Cam Newton.

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But three games into the season, Jones is still finding his feet in the big boy league along with his fellow class of 2021 rookies.

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Speaking to the media after the Patriots’ recent 28-13 loss to New Orleans Saints. HC Bill Belichick gave his two cents on rookie QB Mac Jones and his performances in the NFL thus far.

“I think Mac’s handled everything well see seeing a lot he’s seen pressure he’s seen max pressure, and max coverage. You know, we’ve been in all different types of formations, empty play actions, dropbacks, third downs. Unfortunately, we were in too many third and long’s yesterday.”

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“And he’s seen a lot. And I think he dealt with all that pretty well. But, you know, like any young player, there’s a lot of room for improvement. And, you know, we need to improve just overall as a total football team, but certainly offensively,” Belichick told the press earlier this week.

Sep 26, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) scrambles from New Orleans Saints linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon (90) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

In 3 games, Jones has thrown for 737 yards with 2 passing TDs against 3 interceptions. The former Alabama man has shown signs of promise but he is still an unfinished product.

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Is he the right man to usher in a new era for the Patriots? Has New England finally found their Tom Brady replacement? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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