Sunday’s disastrous ending to the New England Patriots game spelled out some unpleasant things for the team. One of them is Mc Jones’ arm strength.
Coach Bill Belichick raised eyebrows Sunday when he said he didn’t call the Hail Mary on the final play of the loss to Las Vegas because Jones “couldn’t throw it that far.” The Patriots had the ball at their own 45, leading some to wonder if it was an indictment of Jones’ arm strength.
On Monday, Jones appeared on WEEI’s “Merloni, Fauria & Mego” and said he disagreed with Belichick’s assessment.
Mack Jones disagrees with coach Belichick that a hailstorm on the last play would have been too far. pic.twitter.com/afMkB3i4zO
— Merlon, Fauria and Mego (@MFMonWEEI) December 19, 2022
“No,” Jones said when asked if he thought it was too far. “I think we clearly have a plan in this situation. You have to think about everything in this situation and that’s what he did and that’s his job and he’s been doing it for a long time. Whatever the play is, I’m going to go for it and do it to the best of my ability. If it was a Hail Mary, it was a Hail Mary.”
Jones’ response calls into question whether he’s being overly bullish on arm strength or whether Belichick is being too negative. Belichick’s strategy may typically be the latter, but his response only raised more questions about the final play.
However, these questions are secondary to the discussion of how the actual game developed. It wasn’t Jones’ fault anyway.