FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Invoice Belichick stated he’s noticed “dramatic enchancment” from quarterback Mac Jones as he enters his second NFL season.
“He is made great strides,” Belichick stated Tuesday morning, the day earlier than the Patriots’ first official follow of coaching camp.
“He did an awesome job final yr, however he’s ranging from a a lot, a lot greater level this yr from the place he began final yr. His offseason work has been vital, and I believe everybody acknowledges how nicely he prepares and the way a lot additional alongside he was than a yr in the past.”
Belichick cited Jones’ work ethic and famous that he’s noticed dramatic enchancment in his “bodily work and conditioning, mechanics, footwork, understanding of our offense [and] opponent defenses.”
Jones reported to camp on Thursday, together with fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer, so he’s had a head begin on the vast majority of his teammates, who report Tuesday to take their conditioning check.
Final yr at the moment, Jones was competing with Cam Newton for the beginning job. Jones finally seized the function, began all 17 video games and helped the Patriots to a 10-7 report and a wild-card playoff berth (a 47-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills).
He completed his rookie season with 3,801 yards on 352-of-521 passing, with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
“We’re only a lot additional forward within the dialog [offensively],” Belichick stated. “The performs that we speak about, or ideas we speak about, Mac has already carried out it earlier than. It is simple for him to say, ‘Are we going to do that on that? Are we going to do that on one thing else? What do you concentrate on splitting them a little bit bit wider? Splitting them a little bit bit tighter.’ Recommendations like that.
“And now we have a a lot better really feel for what he can do, what his strengths are, and tips on how to attempt to play into these. He is self-aware, too. He is aware of what he does nicely. We need to attempt to function these.”
The coaches enjoying a major function in doing that stay a notable storyline after Jones’ offensive coordinator final yr, Josh McDaniels, departed to turn into the top coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Former Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia (senior soccer adviser/offensive line) and former New York Giants head coach Joe Decide (offensive assistant/quarterbacks) performed main roles within the Patriots’ spring practices, with Belichick additionally notably concerned.
“I believe I’ve stated many instances, Matt and Joe are two excellent coaches, in each sense of the phrase,” Belichick stated. “No matter these duties entail, they’re excellent, distinctive on the complete gamut. I am glad now we have each of them.”
Belichick isn’t naming an official offensive coordinator, saying Thursday, “We’re probably not massive on titles and all that. It is vital that all of us work collectively and create a superb last product. That is what we’ll attempt to do. That is what we have at all times carried out.”
In the end, it’s going to turn into clear which coach calls offensive performs, however Belichick deflected when requested when will probably be vital to make that official.
“Look, I am a head coach,” he stated. “In the end I am answerable for every part. So simply depart it at that.”