The past few weeks have been a common scene for New England Patriots games.
Mack Jones turns to the sideline, or to his teammates, and makes a rude gesture to show his frustration. That’s pretty much what Aaron Rodgers has been doing all season, but Rodgers has four MVPs and a Super Bowl ring.
Jones hasn’t done much and his act seems to be getting old.
Make your jokes about “how would you do if Matt Patricia was your offensive coordinator?” But people notice that Jones’s histrionics. Former Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, one of the greatest players and leaders in franchise history, is turned off by this behavior.
“I’m tired of it, to be honest,” Wilfork told NBC Sports Boston. “I’m tired of that. You’re the leader of this team, you’re the quarterback. You can’t be disappointed every week, every game. I don’t care if you play or not… call it late or whatever, at the end of the day you’ve got to show some composure. You drive Ship. You’re the captain of the ship and when you’re out there, your teammates are watching you every week, every play and every other play is this, that or the other. Hey, control what you can control.
“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.”
This is becoming New England history. Jones was asked about it when he met with the media this week.
“I’m going to be emotional and passionate about the game because I love the game,” Jones said. via Mike Reiss of ESPN. I know my teammates respect that about me.
Jones said it was about a “sense of urgency” and “trying to do everything right”. He admitted that he can play better. Patricia said earlier this month that she and Jones are passionate sisters “You like to see these things” So maybe this is all being exaggerated by the body language police. Football is a game of emotions. Quarterbacks should be leaders, not wallflowers. The side arguments are often much less than they are made out to be.
Anyway, Jones Discontent due to various crimes can be pointless. Especially when he has more interceptions (eight) than touchdowns (seven) this season.
Maybe the Patriots will go on a winning streak and see Jones’ outbursts as a reason to turn the offense around. Until then, others may not care about it.