It’s been a disappointing season in New England. The Patriots are on the brink of missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, and quarterback Mack Jones has expressed frustration.
The former Patriot says the second-year quarterback needs to show “more approval” from the team leader.
Vince Wilfork, who won two Super Bowls with New England and played in two others, criticized Jones for not being able to control his emotions.
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“I am tired [it]. You’re the leader of this team, you’re the quarterback,” Wilfork told NBC Sports Boston. “You can’t be disappointed every week, every game. I don’t care if you get a play call late or whatever…
“I’m tired of seeing it at this point. I think a lot of other people are tired of seeing it, and I’m here to say it: We’re tired of seeing it.”
Wilfork wasn’t the only former Pat to criticize Jones. Former receiver Julian Edelman also had some harsh words.
“You know what, he also doesn’t practice gimmicks after games and he doesn’t take the coaches and these little silly faces and stuff. Like he doesn’t practice and do that,” Edelman said on “Inside The NFL,” according to the New York Post.
Jones saw it as passion, but apparently Wilfork and Edelman disagree.
The Pats, when Tom Brady was around, made the playoffs in all but one season he played — including 2008, when he tore his ACL in Week 1. So, of course, this is foreign territory for New Englanders.
Wilfork and Edelman’s comments came after the Patriots suffered an embarrassing loss after a stunning performance.
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With the game tied at 24 with three seconds left on the clock and the Pats at their own 45-yard line in Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders, the Pats could run out the clock to send the game into overtime. Instead, Jones passed the ball to Ramondre Stevenson, who found the hole.
However, Stevenson turned to Jacoby Meyers to attempt a miracle. Myers then threw a running back that was intercepted by Raiders edge rusher (and former Patriot) Chandler Jones, who took it 48 yards into the end zone for a 30-24 victory.
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The Pats are 7-7 and on the outside looking in to the playoffs as the eighth seed. The Miami Dolphins are in seventh and last place at 8-6.