Patriots' Mac Jones Addresses Training-Camp Struggles: 'I'm Going to Figure It Out'

Erin WalshAugust 9, 2022

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The New England Patriots offense is struggling in training camp this summer, and Monday's practice was a low point for Jones and the offense.

However, Jones told reporters Tuesday that he's dedicated to turning things around and that he will figure out why the unit is failing to live up to expectations:

"I’m going to figure it out. I always have. I always will," Jones said. "At the end of the day, you’re going to have your ups and downs with anything new. … When there’s 10 people that look into my eyes, I know they’re going to trust me to do the right thing on game day."

Monday's practice was considered a low point for the New England offense, with Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston writing on Twitter that the offense was "distressingly bad."

"Run stuffs. Aborted plays. Would-be sacks. Distress lobs into traffic just to get ball out. Beginning to feel it’s less the new offense and more the post-(Dante Scarnecchia) cycle of OL coaches. They are perpetually overwhelmed," Curran wrote.

NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry added that the offense looked "broken."

"Can’t protect. Losing 1-on-1s. Blitzes getting through. No run game. Miscommunication on routes," Perry wrote in a Twitter post.

Josh McDaniels served as offensive coordinator of the Patriots from 2012-2021 before taking a job as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders in January. He also ran the New England offense from 2006-08.

Now, a combination of Joe Judge and Matt Patricia are serving as offensive assistants after head coach Bill Belichick failed to name an offensive coordinator entering training camp, and things appear more disorganized than ever.

Neither Judge nor Patricia has an extensive amount of experience running an offense. Patricia, in particular, has more experience on defense and even served as New England's defensive coordinator from 2012-17.

Jones, in particular, is expected to take another step forward in his development during the 2022 campaign after an impressive rookie season that saw him throw for 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns in 17 games.

All things considered, it's not necessarily surprising that the Patriots' offense is struggling this summer. However, if the Patriots can't figure things out quickly, the offense could be in for a brutal season.


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