With the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins playoff runs being over and the Boston Red Sox staying around the .500 mark, a lot of attention is turning to the New England Patriots. Honestly, can you blame Boston sports fans?
The Patriots have a lot of storylines heading into the 2023 season, a big one being their quest to get back to the NFL playoffs.
But probably the biggest storyline heading into this season is how well Mac Jones can play.
We know that Mac had a very encouraging rookie year and a discouraging second year in the NFL. But now it’s year three and we can’t sugarcoat it.
Mac Jones needs to deliver this season for the New England Patriots to have any success.
New England Patriots giving Mac Jones help with Bill O’Brien
Make no mistake about it, bringing Bill O’Brien back to New England as offensive coordinator is more significant than fans may think.
Last year was such a nightmare with trying to implement a different offense and essentially having two de facto offensive coordinators run the show.
But this year, that won’t be the case as it’s clear that “Billy O” has control of this offense.
Look at the first day of OTAs. It already seems like the timing in the offense is better, players know where they’re supposed to be, and Mac actually looked confident and in control.
We’ve seen O’Brien succeed here before, (yes I know he had Brady and Gronk!), and he can do it again.
New England Patriots giving Mac Jones help with upgrades on offense
When you look at this Patriots offense on paper, the unit looks a lot better and has a ton of potential.
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Juju Smith-Schuster brings a lot of explosiveness and a unique ability to get into open space for yards after the catch.
Mike Gesicki can play like a wide receiver, in a tight end’s body. He will create mismatches for the New England Patriots to exploit on a weekly basis. Hopefully, Gesicki will be a huge upgrade from Jonnu Smith.
Then there’s James Robinson, who flys under the radar. Robinson can be a catching threat in the backfield and a great compliment to Rhamondre Stevenson.
With these pieces now in the offense, Mac has a lot more options for where to go to in particular situations.
Mac Jones has no excuses
This is the year that Mac needs to do something with the offense. There’s no excuses now.
The offensive coordinator was a problem in 2022. You’ve fixed that.
The offensive personnel was a problem in 2022. You’ve seemingly fixed that and could another piece like Deandre Hopkins to help that much more!
So now it’s in the hands of the quarterback. We’ve see how good Mac can be in a functional offense and with good pieces around him. Now it’s about executing.
If Mac has a stinker of a year in 2023, the conversation to move on from him becomes very much in play and fair.
This is your year, Mac. Go out and do something with what you’ve been given!