FOXBOROUGH – Mack Jones has made a bit of a habit of showing his emotions, especially his frustration over the New England Patriots’ last three games.
The first notable (and loudest) instance was in the Patriots’ Week 13 loss to the Buffalo Bills, when Jones visibly yelled about the failure of the “short” passing game. A week later, he gave up another touchdown and appeared to elude Matt Patricia during the Patriots’ win over the Arizona Cardinals. Jones showed his frustration again as the Patriots failed to score when they had four plays inside the 2-yard line, giving up two touchdowns either due to timeouts or penalties against the Raiders.
Jones was asked Wednesday if he did should be careful How does he show his emotions and explain why he shows frustration at certain times.
“I think that’s a big part of the game, playing with passion and emotion. I think the best players on every team do that,” Jones said. “You can’t let it affect your next game, that’s the biggest thing. which does not have It’s all about fixing things found in the game, right? So sometimes when they happen again, we just want to fix them and move on to the next game. It’s something that really – that’s who I am and that’s how I’ve always been.
“I want to be a great teammate, but I can also be a leader. You also want to show positivity. When we do things well, that’s what I try to do. We want to do more things well and try to fix what we’re working on. That’s all you can do. It’s a game. It’s It shows that you care. I think we have guys on our team that care. I definitely care. So that’s important to me.”
Mack Jones: “A big part of the game is playing with passion and emotion. I think the best players on every team do that.”
— NBC Sports Boston’s Patriots coverage (@NBCSPatriots) December 21, 2022
Jones’ disappointment comes during an incredibly difficult season for him. He has thrown more interceptions (eight) than touchdowns (seven) this season. Jones didn’t play particularly well Sunday after a better game from him, completing just 13-of-31 passes for 112 yards.
The Patriots offense took a step back as a whole as well. After finishing in the top 10 in many offensive stats last season, they are in the bottom 10 in key stats this season. The biggest red zone efficiency is where the Patriots are dead last.
Jones explained that his frustration is only a desire to improve the situation.
“I think the biggest thing is just cleaning up the details and the dirt, right? That’s what I always call them, meaningless goals to just try to get things to where we’re all working on the same page,” Jones said. “It can come out in football, it can be used in life, just cleaning up all the little things, so when you get to game day, we have it all figured out. We have everything planned out. We do it sometimes and we just want to improve it as an offense. For me, as As a quarterback, how can I be ready for any situation that comes up?
“I’m going to express my emotions and be passionate about the game because I love the game and I know my teammates respect that for me. The biggest thing is playing the next play and playing for each other.”
Part of Jones’ frustration in recent weeks has been the Patriots’ inability to get on time, causing them to either delay plays or call timeouts. It happened on one of the goal line plays in Sunday’s loss to the Raiders when the Patriots took a timeout. It also happened when the Patriots called a timeout on the third play of the second half against the Cardinals.
Mack Jones didn’t want to take a timeout there. 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 pic.twitter.com/Ei5gnh5zFr
— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) December 13, 2022
Some may see Jones’ actions in these situations as a showcase for a new offensive coaching staff. Jones, however, said he just wants to be quick and clear things up.
“It’s not really talked about. I think it’s more, like I said, a sense of urgency just to get everything done on time and under control, and that’s what we preach here, from the coaches, the players, the whole staff, just trying to do everything right. Jones said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about doing the right thing and getting to that point and meeting all those standards.
“As a quarterback, there’s a lot I can do better. It always comes back to the quarterback, right? At the end of the day. I understand the position I’m in and I want to help the team win and that’s what I’m going to do and I’m always going to do that and I’m just trying to fight every day and I will only try and win.
Jones and the Patriots hope to finally be able to turn that passion and emotion into positive results when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. At 7-7, this game could ultimately decide the Patriots’ playoff hopes.