The Patriots teaching employees returned to work Sunday decided to repair what’s been ailing their 2-8 group.
Chief amongst their listing of issues is poor quarterback play. Starter Mac Jones was benched for a 3rd time this season within the Pats’ newest loss, a 10-6 defeat to the Colts in Germany.
Jones ranks within the backside 10 by nearly each metric amongst beginning quarterbacks and is monitoring for profession worsts throughout most statistical classes. He’s accomplished 65.4% of his passes for two,031 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Asked about Jones’ play in Germany, the place he threw a crippling red-zone interception within the fourth quarter, offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien mentioned all of his struggles are “fixable.”
“I think at times Mac’s played really well. I think that’s what we have to remember: at times this year, Mac has played really well,” O’Brien mentioned. And I additionally suppose that it’s actually vital to level out that there’s 10 different guys on the sphere, and all people’s gotta play higher. And there’s coaches on the sideline, all of us have to educate higher. That’s the reality.
He continued: “I don’t believe in yips or anything like that. Mac has played well, Mac will play well again. Like Bill (Belichick) always says, and I totally agree with this, we believe in the guys that we have on this team at every position. And like I said, guys have to practice well, and we have to coach better.”
O’Brien mentioned Monday choosing a starter for this weekend’s sport in opposition to the Giants will fall to go coach Bill Belichick. He additionally indicated Belichick has but to make that call.
O’Brien declined to share what his advice could be. He did, nevertheless, say there needs to be sufficient reps in observe to stage a two-quarterback competitors for the beginning job. Bailey Zappe, who took over for Jones on the finish of the Colts loss, third-string veteran Will Grier and undrafted rookie Malik Cunnigham are the Pats’ different choices to start out Sunday.
This season, Zappe has accomplished 10 of 25 passes for 104 yards and an interception in mop-up time. Grier hasn’t taken a regular-season snap since 2019. Cunningham was lively for the Pats’ Week 6 loss at Las Vegas, the place he served as Jones’ lone backup and took six offensive snaps.
The Patriots will observe Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this week across the Thanksgiving vacation.