During a Thursday press convention, Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph summed up his movie examine of the Patriots offense with one sentence.
“It’s like a defensive guy is calling offense,” Joseph stated with amusing, referring to first-year play-caller Matt Patricia, a former defensive coordinator. “It’s how a defensive guy would call offensive plays, right? Let’s not turn the ball over, let’s get four yards a play and try to burn clock. That’s what they’re doing. That’s what he’s going to do on Monday night.”
Joseph continued: “He’s going to be patient, maybe take a shot here from time to time, but for the most part it’s run game, it’s quick game, and it’s screens. So I mean, it’s a defensive guy. That’s what he’s doing. He’s calling the way a defensive guy would call plays.”
Since Mac Jones returned to the beginning lineup in Week 7, he’s ranked useless final in common depth of goal amongst quarterbacks who’ve taken at the very least 200 dropbacks, per Pro Football Focus; a mirrored image of the Pats’ brief passing sport. During final week’s loss to Buffalo, tv cameras caught Jones having an outburst over the workforce’s second-half play-calling. “Throw the (expletive) ball! (Expletive) short game sucks!” On the bottom, the Patriots are averaging 4.0 yards per carry, the seventh-worst mark within the league.
Overall, Patricia is at the moment overseeing the Patriots’ worst offense since 1995 by Football Outsiders’ opponent-and-situation-adjusted metric, DVOA. The Pats rank 18th in scoring at 20.8 factors per sport.
The Patriots and Cardinals will kick off Monday night time inside State Farm Stadium at 8:15 p.m.