3. Jones is 0-12 in comeback games
As a Patriots fan, this one is the most alarming.
During the Tom Brady era, you knew the team was pretty much always going to win. The only question was how. And if the team was behind in the fourth quarter, more often than not Brady would find ways to bring them back and win the game.
With Jones, it’s the opposite. When the Pats are behind in the fourth quarter, I expect them to lose. They’re good enough to make it close at the end, but not good enough to actually win. And that’s because of Jones.
If New England is trailing by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, you can turn the TV off and start doing something else, because the Patriots aren’t coming back to win that game. They never have under Jones. Not once.
Granted, losing by a touchdown in the fourth isn’t an easy situation to be in, but it’s not insurmountable. Unless you’re Jones, apparently.
Again, we’ve seen this exact scenario play out twice already this year. In Week 1, New England was down 25-20 to the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter and turned the ball over on downs during its final drive. The same thing happened in Week 2’s 24-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins when Jones inexplicably threw short of the sticks on fourth down.
While Jones was let down by his receivers stepping out of bounds in Week 1, the Week 2 loss was on him. When you need a first down to keep the game alive, you have to put your teammates in a position to get it. Throwing them the ball at the line of scrimmage and asking them to pick up the yards themselves is not a winning strategy.
So is Jones “The Guy?” It sure doesn’t seem like it. And if he doesn’t start improving on these trends soon, the Patriots will have their answer.
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