New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones last season engaged in several conflicts with Matt Patricia, the team’s former offensive play-caller.
With Patricia’s removal from the role, some may have assumed these issues would subside. But that may not be the case, as previously unreported clashes between Jones and coach Bill Belichick have come to light.
According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Jones and Belichick have had an acrimonious relationship stemming from last season. As the report details, Belichick’s use of Patricia on offense was the root case.
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When Patricia’s role was made official, Florio reported, Jones contacted members of his alma mater at Alabama for guidance on how to run New England’s offense.
This not only agitated Belichick, but resulted in further strain between the coach and Jones. In Florio’s words, “it also pissed Mac off to be the guinea pig for Belichick’s unrestrained hubris.”
Pro Football Talk concluded by asking a number of questions worth monitoring, while noting that the structure in New England remains fluid.
“It bears watching throughout the offseason program and beyond. Will Belichick, who was placed firmly on the hot seat last week by team owner Robert Kraft, go with Jones or Zappe? Will Belichick explore adding another quarterback and perhaps trading Jones to the Raiders? The current situation doesn’t feel sustainable. It makes sense to watch how long it’s sustained.”
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Publish Date:2023-04-05 00:09:34