After an impressive rookie season, Mac Jones and the Patriots’ offense have taken a step back. The most polarizing decision of the offseason was to make Matt Patricia and Joe Judge (both predominantly defensive coaches for their careers) the offensive coordinator and QB coach, respectively.
This is obviously highly unusual for an NFL franchise to do, much less the Patriots. This has worked in the past for New England though, as Josh McDaniels was originally a defensive assistant for the Patriots before moving to the offensive side. Patricia & Judge’s “transition” has not been similar.
The Patriots roster as a whole has a very perplexing roster build, with little WR talent, though Henry and Jonnu have been good, though somewhat disappointing from a production standpoint. I believe the Mac Jones we saw his rookie year is still in there, literally screaming for an offensive coordinator that can help him develop.
Mac’s best asset since he took over at Alabama is his ability to read the defense and go through his progressions at a high level (also his footwork), I think the Patriots offense is not built to take advantage of these strengths in the passing game. After 2 seasons I have Mac Jones as the 3rd best QB in this NFL Draft class.