Much of Jones’ reaction seemed to be directed at Matt Patricia, who has struggled to generate offensive consistency as a first-time starter. Others were towards teammates. Patricia and quarterbacks coach Joe Judge said last week they love the passion Jones shows on the field.
“I think the biggest thing is just cleaning up the details and the dirt, right?” Jones said. “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. It can be used in football, it can be used in life, just clean up all the little details so when you get to game day, it’s all figured out.
“We have planned all this. We do it sometimes and we just want to improve it as an offense. For me as a quarterback, how can I be ready for any situation that comes up? I’m going to show emotion and play this game with passion because I love this game and I know my teammates respect me. The biggest thing is playing the next play and playing for each other.”
Patriots special teams ace Matthew Slater said last week that he and fellow captain Devin McCourty have encouraged Jones to be more vocal in his leadership this season and that the veterans are pleased with how he has accepted their challenge.
But does Jones ever worry that he might show up to the Patriots coaching staff the way he did on the field? that screams about the need for lower passes, flew to Patricia Or signaled to rush the play call might not produce the desired result?
“It’s not really about that,” Jones replied. “I think there’s more, like I said, a sense of urgency just to do everything 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. At the end of the day, it’s all about doing the right thing and getting to that point and holding everyone to that standard.
“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. That’s what I’m always going to do and I’m just going to try to fight every day. And I just won.”
Wins have been difficult for Jones and the Patriots lately. With an ineffective offense that is dragging down a top-notch defense, they have been knocked out of the AFC playoff picture in three of their last four games and need to win at least two of their last three to qualify for the postseason.