Starting quarterback Mac Jones and the new-look New England Patriots offense have not looked good at all to begin an important next month at the team’s training camp.
After being selected 15th overall by the Patriots in the 2021 NFL Draft, Jones was surprisingly thrust into the difficult position of being a rookie starting quarterback for one of the most prestigious franchises in the NFL. It was an unexpected decision for head coach Bill Belichick but a necessary one for an organization looking to quickly develop their next franchise QB and get back to their winning ways.
Fortunately for Belichick and his staff, Jones delivered, leading the team to a 10-7 record and a return to the playoffs. However, Jones was able to succeed early on under the tutelage of longtime Patriots offensive guru Josh McDaniels, a passing game genius who departed this offseason to become the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
In the wake of McDaniels’ departure, New England has chosen to go with a confusing coach-by-committee approach to lead the offense in 2022. Instead of making returning assistants, and former head coaches, Joe Judge and Matt Patricia, the offensive coordinator, Patricia has officially been dubbed the senior football advisor/offensive line coach, while Judge will serve as an offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach.
The oddball assignments to start the team’s 2022 training camp have not been a stroke of genius thus far and have actually led to an early regression of the offense and their young QB.