Julian Edelman says New England Patriots quarterback Mack Jones took a step back in his second year. However, he doesn’t blame it on the young quarterback.
“I don’t think it’s his fault he’s regressed, but yeah, he’s regressed,” Edelman said Saturday on 98.5 The Sports Hub, broadcast live from Las Vegas.
Edelman, who parted ways with the Patriots by the time Jones became New England’s starter, said the on-field struggles are also a result of the coaching staff figuring out after the departure of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels last season.
“Last year we were talking about potential Rookie of the Year year after year,” Edelman said. “Him and McDaniels had a good little formula, and it’s hard for a young quarterback to transition into offensive coordinator, that kind of relationship, especially with a guy like Josh who knows football. He knows the X’s and O’s on the offensive side of the ball.
Edelman played under McDaniels during his time in New England — and also spent time with Matt Patricia and Joe Judge. However, that was when Patricia coached defense and Jury coached special teams.
With the two coaches now running the offense, Edelman said there was a big learning curve for both the coaches and quarterbacks.
“You brought in Matt P and Joe Judge. You know, they study. They’re learning the same way he is, and it’s hard,” Edelman said.