Mac Jones had a no good, very bad second year as the quarterback of the New England Patriots.
Jones made the Pro Bowl thanks to impressively steady play as a rookie. But year two was far, far different.
Former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels left to become the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. While Matt Patricia, who had not coached on the offensive side of the ball since a stint as an assistant line coach in 2005, took over play calling duties.
Jones, understandably, struggled. Between Patricia and injury issues, he threw for just 2,997 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 14 games.
But Jones’ attitude also seemed to slip and former Patriots players began to take notice. One of those players was three-time Super Bowl champion wide receiver Julian Edelman, who has since explained his comments further.
Julian Edelman Opens Up About Comments On Mac Jones’ Attitude
Edelman previously laid into Jones for making “pissy faces’ and “waving off coaches.”
More recently, he sat down for an episode of Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take and elaborated his beliefs.
““He’s a young guy and his situation that he was in — I’m not saying it was an easy situation, especially having Matty P calling plays,” Edelman said. “But everyone is watching you when you’re the quarterback. There’s something to be said about that, and there’s a standard. There’s rules.
“Don’t come at me saying, ‘Oh, well (Tom) Brady,’ Brady had like three Super Bowls when (expletive) showed up a coach for one — for the first time. Not showed up a coach, but he got into an argument with someone and showed emotion. You can’t do that, especially when you’re still trying to learn who you are.”
Edelman, of course, is referring to Brady’s infamous sideline blow up with former offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.
Coincidentally, O’Brien recently agreed to return to New England and will be Jones’ offensive coordinator in 2023. What could possibly go wrong?