New England Patriots quarterback Mack Jones was recently caught by television cameras voicing his frustration and annoyance at the abuse, including a profanity-laced expletive.
Jones makes no apologies for wanting to win.
“I think football is an emotional sport. I like to show my passion on the field,” Jones said Tuesday on WEEI’s Merloni, Fauria and Mego. “We’re out to win and we’re going to do everything we can to win. Sometimes we just have to play better. A lot of it is just leadership that comes from guys playing and doing a good job. Working together. And just trying to create longer drives and more points Let’s put it together. At the end of the day, it’s an emotional game. You want to be able to show emotion and not let it affect your game.”
Jones famously criticized Matthew Patricia on the sidelines two weeks ago. In Monday’s 27-13 win at Arizona, he threw a timeout call in frustration.
The second-year quarterback said he always strives for perfection, and frustration over mistakes sometimes just boils over.
“It’s football, right? It’s part of the game,” Jones said. “We’re all out there trying to win and get things done. So you have to work through all the problems and solutions. That’s how the game works. There’s good plays, bad plays, there’s a way to fix it and move on to the next drive. That’s how every game goes.” level.”
Jones certainly isn’t the first — and won’t be the last — quarterback to be fueled by frustration on the sidelines, especially in prime-time games. Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, they did it all.
Patricia noted Tuesday that she “loves” Jones’ abduction and isn’t worried about the momentary disappointment. Patricia referred to the likes of Teddy Brusky, Junior Seau, Mike Vrabel, Willie McGinest, all fiery defensive players he coached, as being hungry.
“It’s a super passionate game, right? We love this game. We put a lot into it. We work hard. We care. We try to win, so I love it all,” Patricia said. “It’s all about — you just care. You care a lot. Mac and I — I know he wants to win and he’s doing everything he can, just like all of us. So it’s great.”