Patriots’ Mac Jones — ‘Let emotions get to me’ in loss to Bills

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones’ frustration boiled over on the touchline during Thursday night’s 24-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, but he said it wasn’t aimed at anyone specifically.

The Prime Video show featured Jones at one point as he appeared to be saying, “Throw the damn ball! The fast game sucks!”

The Patriots played from behind for the last three quarters, and Jones explained afterwards that he called for deeper throws on the field.

“Obviously, I’m just letting my feelings get to me,” he said. “What I said was throw it deeper into the short game. I need to do this part better. But it’s the short game we’ve progressed to that works. But I felt like we needed chunk plays. I was screaming out to get everyone working somehow. That’s emotional. This is football. I have a passion for this game.

“Obviously you don’t want to let your emotions get the better of you. I think that’s pretty much it. It wasn’t addressed to anyone. Only emotions came out. We kind of needed a spark.”

Jones said he believes he is on the same page as the coaching staff, particularly with Matt Patricia calling the games to him.

“It was only [saying], “Let’s go for it, let’s be aggressive, let’s get these shots. Just go down fighting,’” Jones said. “Matty P was on the same page. We kind of ended up doing it there and shifting it a bit more.”

Jones finished 22 of 36 for 195 yards on a touchdown pass and no interceptions. He didn’t look like the same quarterback for most of his sophomore season after a rookie year in which he was called to the Pro Bowl as a backup.

There were significant changes around Jones. Coordinator Josh McDaniels left to become the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after the 2021 season, and head coach Bill Belichick used former NFL head coaches Patricia and Joe Judge as top backups, although they are primarily from the NFL and moved into the Defense or special teams come .

Belichick also oversaw an offensive streamlining, with players saying a goal is to simplify them and allow them to play faster.

But the Patriots (6-6) have slipped near the bottom of the league rankings in several key areas, including Red Zone (31st), third down conversion (25th) and first downs per game (27th). Those areas proved problematic again Thursday night against the Bills, who held a 38:08 to 21:52 time advantage.

Jones pointed his finger at himself.

“When you’re playing from behind against a pretty good team and a good offense you have to go out there and make better plays,” he said. “It starts with me. It definitely wasn’t good enough for me. I didn’t do it well enough, going early and making it work. … It’s hard to see the defense play a great game and unable to give anything back to them.”

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Emma Bowman

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