Former Patriots assistant questions Mac Jones’ likeability in locker room

Is there a disconnect between Mac Jones and his teammates? One former Patriots assistant believes so.

Former New England Patriots assistant Michael Lombardi believes Mac Jones isn’t well-liked in the locker room, which has only added to the problems he’s having right now on the football field.

He pointed to examples such as Jones’ teammates having “no sense of energy,” when talking about him. Lombardi also believes that the quarterback “blames everybody through his body language, through his mechanics.”

“Nobody wants to hang out with Mac Jones,” Lombardi said on his “GM Shuffle” podcast, as transcribed by “Nobody wants to hang out with him. You can see it on these teams. So when you see a bad quarterback like (Tommy) DeVito — they’ll hang out with him. They’ll go over to his house and have chicken parm. Like, they like him. He’s no good — they like him, though. And I think that’s where we lose sight of it a little bit when we’re evaluating these quarterbacks. Because what is the likability of the player?”

Jones has had a difficult season overall. He has thrown for 2,120 yards, 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. There’s a chance he won’t even start in this week’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Yet, despite all of the noise surrounding Jones, his teammates continue to back him in front of the media.

New England could have a chance to revamp the quarterback position in the 2024 NFL draft. Currently, they hold the third overall selection for next April’s event.

At this point, a change of scenery for both Jones and the Patriots organization may do some good.

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Was Bill Belichick all-in on Mac Jones from the start?

Was Mac Jones truly Bill Belichick’s first choice on the draft board, or was he pushed into making that decision?

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has obviously struggled this season, and questions are beginning to arise as to whether he was the proper selection for New England in the 2021 NFL draft.

Jones was the 15th overall pick in a draft that was heavy with quarterback talent. Quarterbacks taken that year included Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Trey Lance with the first three selections. Jones was selected 15th overall and was thought to be a franchise cornerstone.

He has struggled throughout the course of his NFL career, but things have nosedived considerably in 2023. He has tallied 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this year, and he is coming off a two-interception performance against the New York Giants on Sunday.

Belichick was asked if he was pushed by owner Robert Kraft to draft Jones on “The Greg Hill Show,” and he claimed the organization thought it was the right thing to do. When asked to clarify later with the Boston Herald’s Andrew Callahan, he doubled down on it being a collective decision.

“Collectively, yeah. We were all for that,” said Belichick. 

Jones has undoubtedly regressed from what was a solid rookie campaign in 2021. Now, the Patriots may have tough decisions to make, as they currently sit with a 2-9 record and the third overall selection in the 2024 NFL draft.

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This Rob Gronkowski Patriots comment was hilariously brutal

Rob Gronkowski admitted Sunday’s game was the first half of a Patriots game he’s seen all season, and it left him stunned.

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not mince words when talking about Patriots quarterback Mac Jones.

Jones struggled in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. He threw for 89 yards and two interceptions before being benched for Bailey Zappe in the second half. His 27.8 quarterback rating was his lowest of the season, and his season rating of 77.0 is the lowest in his three-year career.

Gronkowski appeared on the Fox NFL halftime show, alongside Michael Strahan, and summed up the first half of the game in the most “Gronk” way possible.

“It’s very frustrating as an ex-Patriot to watch the game,” said Gronkowski. “It’s actually one of the first times this year I’ve watched a complete half of a Patriots game, and let me tell you, it’s as bad as what the fans have been saying. Mac Jones should have thrown about four picks already.”

The Patriots ended up losing to the Giants by a 10-7 margin.

It’s safe to say that everybody is beginning to recognize the struggles Jones is having. One has to wonder if Jones will be able to salvage his season in the final six games.

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Rex Ryan takes another shot at Patriots QB Mac Jones following loss

ESPN analyst Rex Ryan did not mince words when talking about Mac Jones.

ESPN analyst Rex Ryan has not been shy in criticizing New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. Ryan took more shots at Jones after the quarterback’s performance against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Jones went 15-of-20 on the afternoon, throwing for 170 yards and an interception. He took five sacks in the game as well. His 25.9 quarterback rating was his third-lowest rating this season. The quarterback did average 8.5 yards per pass, but it was not enough in what was an inconsistent day.

Ryan used Sunday’s poor performance to take another shot at Jones, as the Patriots continue to freefall in the standings. He did not hold back, to say the least, as transcribed by’s Adam London.

“It’s never a personal thing, I just give my opinion. I don’t know this young man from anybody, but he’s not an NFL quarterback,” Ryan said, when appearing on ESPN’s “Get Up.” “He lacks the arm talent. Here’s the other thing: Any time the guy extends plays, which is what you have to do in today’s game, he’s awful. He’s absolutely atrocious. The worst part about this game, to me, is four sacks on third down. What are you doing?

“Can I prove that he’s got no arm? He averages 4.3 yards past the line of scrimmage on his pass attempts. That would be 32nd in the league. He completed 15 passes. Good for you. You take four sacks on third down. All you’re doing is hitting the check-downs because that’s all he can throw. Anything where he has to push the ball down the field, he struggles. It’s never personal. The guy can’t play. I said it four years ago and I still believe it.”

New England is in a bit of a bind at the quarterback position. They do not have any reliable starting options right now, and they still have the meat of their schedule to go.

There have been quarterbacks floated around as options for New England, including Kyler Murray.

Whatever the case may be, there is no quick fix for this year, and it seems like the writing is on the wall for Jones. Perhaps now, an earnest rebuild can begin in New England, as the Patriots look to get back in the playoff hunt in future seasons.

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Twitter reacts to Mac Jones getting benched for third time this season

The Twitter reactions to Mac Jones being benched for Bailey Zappe were rough.

The New England Patriots lost to the Indianapolis Colts in brutal fashion by a 10-6 score on Sunday. It was a rough day especially for Patriots’ quarterback Mac Jones, who was benched late in the fourth quarter.

This is not the first time that Jones has been benched this season. The former first-round pick has struggled throughout the year and has been benched three times this year alone.

He threw for 170 yards and an interception in the loss. It was the fourth game this season that he did not throw for a touchdown pass. All in all, his shaky performance raised further questions about his future in New England.

Twitter had a lot to say about Jones being benched for Bailey Zappe. Here are some of the opinions popping up on social media:

Colin Cowherd shares concerning report on Mac Jones’ attitude

This Colin Cowherd report isn’t a good look for Mac Jones.

A recent report by Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer suggested that Mac Jones “infuriated” people within the New England Patriots’ organization. Now, FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd is speaking out about hearing similar rumblings about the third-year quarterback.

“Let me give you some inside sourcing,” Cowherd said on FS1’s “The Herd” on Thursday, via NESN’s Adam London. “There has been frustration for over a year that he doesn’t take to coaching and especially doesn’t take to hard coaching. [Tom] Brady took to hard coaching. Cam Newton, when he came in the building, was willing to be hard-coached. I have been told [for] over a year now [Jones] has lost some players in the room, the coaching staff. He’s bratty, he does not take too hard coaching.

“Well, that’s what [Bill] Belichick does. That’s generally what stars do. They like to be hard-coached. And that’s a real problem. So, when Albert Breer says that about coaching, that’s what I have heard. I’ve heard it over and over. Now, [Breer] is saying that. There’s real frustration in the building. They can’t get after him.”

This has been another frustrating year for Jones, who currently has 1,861 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season.

The struggles date back to last season, when reports emerged that he sought outside help to fix the Patriots offense. Things don’t seem to be getting better for Jones, as New England currently sits at the bottom of the AFC with a 2-7 record.

These reports obviously don’t paint Jones in a positive light. However, the entire organization is unstable at the moment. There is a report that Bill Belichick might get fired if the Patriots lose to the Colts on Sunday. Couple that report with J.C. Jackson being sent home, and it’s clear that it’s been a busy week in the headlines for the organization.

There is still a fair amount of the season left to be played, but will Jones even make it that far as the starter? More importantly, one has to wonder if he will even be back at all in New England in 2024.

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Mac Jones comments on seeking help outside of Patriots organization

Patriots QB Mac Jones was very forthcoming on the subject of him seeking outside help.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones isn’t shying away from the fact that he talks to outsiders in hopes of improving his overall football knowledge.

But he also isn’t just seeking advice from quarterbacks, either.

“I always talk to the Alabama guys, right? There are a lot of Alabama guys in the NFL. I’m not talking about quarterbacks, just in general,” Jones said, when appearing on “Jones & Mego.” “Players, even the team we just played against. There’s a few guys that I played with. I think that’s a good resource when you’re talking to people, and it’s a fraternity. It’s Alabama fraternity, right? It’s everybody together. I think that’s a good resource.”

The 2023 season has not been a smooth one for Jones. He has recorded 1,861 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He is coming off a game on Sunday against Washington that saw him go 24-of-44 on the afternoon, throwing for 220 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Jones has also sought out advice from others, including ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky. It’s clear the quarterback wants to try to get better, as he looks to improve on his inconsistent play.

He is reaching a crucial point in his career, as the Patriots organization continues to freefall. Jones has had a difficult time succeeding in New England, partly due to his regression and lack of talent around him. It’s made for a difficult three seasons in New England, with seemingly no light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

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Ex-NFL QB says Mac Jones reached out to him for help

Ex-NFL QB admitted Mac Jones was one of multiple quarterbacks that have reached out to him for help.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones reached out to former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky for advice recently. Orlovsky spoke about the interaction when appearing on WEEI’s “Jones and Mego”.

“I’ve had guys reach out to me and ask for it,” Orlovsky said. “…Mac had reached out awhile back and had kind of said, ‘Hey, if you see anything good or bad, let me know, please.'”

Orlovsky played eight seasons in the NFL and had his best year in 2008, when he threw for 1,616 yards and eight touchdowns.

Jones has been struggling this season.  He has thrown for 1,641 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. It has been a bumpy road for the Alabama product throughout the course of his NFL career.

It’s certainly worth noting that Jones reportedly sought outside help from Alabama last season, and it didn’t go over well with the Patriots. One has to wonder if there would be any sort of ramifications from this situation.

It’s also important to keep in mind that Orlovsky didn’t provide a timeframe. So Jones could have asked for help at any point. Orlovsky also mentioned helping multiple quarterbacks behind the scenes, which means Jones isn’t the only one that’s sought his help.

It’s no secret that Jones wants to work hard to improve his game. However, the results have just not been there as of late. Jones will need to bounce back if he wants to change the trajectory of his career and help the Patriots have a productive season.

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Patriots QB Mac Jones comments on Josh McDaniels being fired by Raiders

Mac Jones responded to a question regarding the Josh McDaniels firing in Las Vegas.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones had positive things to say about Josh McDaniels, as questions surrounding a possible Patriots-McDaniels reunion are beginning to swirl.

Jones overlapped with McDaniels during his rookie season in 2021. He had his best year as an NFL quarterback, throwing for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Together, the two helped New England go 10-7 on the season and reach the playoffs. The first-round playoff matchup against the Buffalo Bills was the team’s last playoff game to this point.

Now, both are struggling.

McDaniels was fired by the Las Vegas Raiders on Tuesday night. Jones is in the middle of a season that has seen him play inconsistently. He has nine touchdowns and eight interceptions on the year. When commenting on McDaniels’ firing, Jones expressed his appreciation for his former offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.

“I have a lot of respect for Josh and his family,” said Jones. “…I have a great relationship with him.”

It’s unclear whether McDaniels will reunite with the Patriots organization. At the very least, it might be wise for the team to give him a call considering the last bit of offensive success they had came under his watch.

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Former Defensive Player of the Year believes Patriots failed Mac Jones

Stephon Gilmore believes the Patriots organization is more to blame for the offensive struggles than Mac Jones.

Former New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore believes the Patriots organization has failed quarterback Mac Jones.

Gilmore was a major piece for the team during the final years of the Tom Brady era. The 2019 Defensive Player of the Year overlapped with Jones a bit, as he was traded to the Carolina Panthers at the 2021 trade deadline.

Gilmore is now with the Dallas Cowboys. However, he still talks to Jones, and the corner believes the organization has not done enough for the quarterback to succeed. He elaborated on this during an appearance on “The Greg Hill Show” on WEEI, per’s Zack Cox.

“I definitely do. I think he’s a starting quarterback,” Gilmore said. “He’s smart. He works hard. He can throw the ball anywhere. He can get the ball out quick when he can.

“I think he’s a starting quarterback. I think it’s a team thing. I think the team just hasn’t been able to set him up the right way.”

There are a myriad of problems for the Patriots’ roster. However, there is no denying that the team has stunted Jones’ development.

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