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ESPN’s pregame show spotlights Matt Patricia and Mac Jones

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“It’s complete hubris to say it doesn’t matter.”

ESPN hasn’t been easy with Bill Belichick’s handling of the offense.

Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia and Mac Jones were examined under the microscope by ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” before the game against the Cardinals. The analysis has not always been kind.

Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young came alive when talking about Bill Belichick’s decision to put career defensive coach Matt Patricia in charge of offensive play this season. The Patriots entered Monday’s game 19th in scoring (20.8 ppg), 26th on third down and 32nd in the red zone.

“It’s complete hubris to say it doesn’t matter, expertise doesn’t matter,” Young said. “If I’m Matt Patricia, I want to stay in my lane. I am an excellent defensive coach. The idea that it doesn’t matter, you can just come wherever you want and just coach, just isn’t true. And that belies what’s happening in the league today, especially at quarterback.

ESPN reporter Lisa Salters shared a preview just before kickoff of a conversation she had with quarterback Mac Jones about his relationship with Patricia. Jones was shown late in last week’s loss to Buffalo yelling and cursing about the call for play and wanting to throw more on the field, a rant that appeared to be directed at Patricia.

Jones said he was fine with Patricia, but acknowledged the two had had a lot of talks over the past week.

“Jones said it was about being on the same page, and he and his caller had a lot of conversations about it this week – conversations he said they needed to have. “Salters said. “And while he said there have certainly been some growing pains this season, Jones said now is a good time to turn the corner.”

Another Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning, gave a quick review of Jones’ play, and it wasn’t the brightest. Manning pointed out how slow Jones can be to complete his first reading and doesn’t do well when he has to track his progress.

“The pressure is on New England to try to call games where that first reading can be opened up,” Manning said. “That’s when Mac is at its best – when it’s on time, ideally throwing it to that primary receiver, or first play.”



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