Perhaps Sunday’s benching was a wake-up name for Patriots quarterback Mac Jones.
Head coach Bill Belichick took Jones out of the sport after the third-year professional tossed two interceptions and misplaced a fumble on a strip sack. One of his interceptions plus his fumble have been returned for touchdowns by the Cowboys’ protection within the Patriots’ 38-3 loss. Ball safety has been a difficulty for the Patriots all season.
“What you emphasize is what you get,” Jones stated on WEEI’s “Jones and Mego with Arcand” program. “I do know (Alabama offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Dan Enos) instructed me that a very long time in the past. Whatever you place an emphasis on is type of what you’re going to see enchancment on. We’ve undoubtedly emphasised it. As gamers and me particularly you simply need to do a greater job with it.
“The ball is job security. So, I understand that. Really it’s time to make action on that quickly.”
He wouldn’t get into the specifics of the dialog with Belichick when he was benched. He would solely say, “Just the way the game went is what it is.” Backup Bailey Zappe, who was minimize out of coaching camp earlier than rejoining the 53-man roster, changed him below middle.
Jones has thrown 4 interceptions in 4 video games this season because the Patriots have gotten out to a 1-3 begin. He has the one fumble.
“You take away those turnovers, and it’s a different story,” Jones stated. “I have to learn to do that better. I have to do that quick. Now is the time. And I’m going to put a lot of time into that and focus on what I can do better. The guys around me are doing a good job. We’re definitely working hard. Just excited to try to come out of this hole that I dug.”
Jones was requested by WEEI in regards to the assist he has from teammates after his early-season struggles.
The former Alabama QB defined what he has to do to earn belief from the remainder of the staff.
“Yeah, I think for me, I’ve just got to go out there and win some games, and that’s what it all comes down to is going out there, doing my part,” Jones stated. “I’m working hard. I know I can do it. I have to believe in myself, and I didn’t really give them a lot to believe in the other night, but I will show that I can do it. That comes from hard work and trusting myself and trusting them.”
Jones, in addition to different gamers, have stated previously that they consider the staff is near placing all of it collectively. It definitely didn’t look that manner on Sunday within the worst loss by factors margin of Belichick’s 23-year tenure as head coach.
It is perhaps some time earlier than the Patriots can convincingly state that they’re “close.”
“Definitely hard to say that because you can’t play like that and feel good about it, but I do feel like we have a really good team,” Jones stated. “I have a great respect for the guys in the locker room. I just have to do a better job playing good football. For me, that just starts with staying positive and learning what I can do better. I know I’m going to fight. I know they’re going to fight. That’s all you can ask for.”
Belichick stated Sunday that Jones will proceed to be the Patriots’ starter. It would seemingly take lots for Belichick to show to Zappe or third-stringer Will Grier. But sitting Jones on Sunday confirmed that it’s at the very least nearer to changing into a actuality.