Guregian: Mac Jones sheds light on the Patriots’ offensive coaching dynamics – Boston Herald | Hot Mobile Press

FOXBORO — Mac Jones did a pretty good job Wednesday of breaking down how the Patriots’ unusual offensive coaching structure actually works.

It was like giving the media a movie session explaining the X’s and O’s of the approach Bill Belichick took to best prepare him and the offense.

While the three-headed monster of Belichick, Matt Patricia and Joe Judge may scratch many heads, it makes perfect sense for the Patriots’ up-and-coming sophomore quarterback.

So yes, he drinks the Kool-Aid.

And up to the point where you’re playing in a game, that’s what matters at the moment.

If Jones is comfortable being on board, that’s a good start.

What is the best way to describe the three-way coaching cluster?

A bit of Joe Judge, the quarterbacks coach. Lots of offense coach Matt Patricia, who looks more and more like setting up the game plan and being the play-caller. And even more so from head coach Bill Belichick, who offers quarterbacks his usual wisdom on how best to attack opposing defenses.

It means seeing and generating attacks through the defensive lens of Belichick, an expert this side of the ball, and Patricia, who learned from the master.

It sounds like Belichick is expanding on the Tuesday private session he usually holds with his quarterbacks. In these sessions, Tom Brady learned what the defense was trying to do against him, what to look for and how to attack. It certainly served No. 12 well.

Now it’s up to Jones to get that and more from Belichick, Patricia and Judge.

“Obviously Coach Belichick did a great job explaining exactly what we’re going to do as an offense and Matty P has seen so many different defenses along with Coach Belichick it’s like they combined their knowledge of how man attacking a defense. That’s something that really struck me,” Jones continued during his media session after Day 1 of training camp.

“They are all trying to get us to work together. And the most important thing is that we are all on the same page, regardless of who is speaking, who is making the decisions about a play or what not. It’s always an open conversation that I love.”

So yes, Jones has been empowered to speak up and provide input when he sees something he likes that he thinks won’t work, or when he feels something might work better with a little tweaking can. It sounds like Belichick, Patricia and Judge are all running and involved in the offensive meetings.

“They all bring a different perspective, but I feel like they’re listening to the players, ‘Hey, we kinda like this concept, let’s try it,'” Jones said, “or if they want to bring something else in, they.” explain the ‘why’ and that’s the important part for me, to understand why we’re doing something and from there it’s my job as a player to make the moves.”

On the first day of training camp, Patricia held a walkie-talkie and called the plays in 11-11 and 7-on-7 drills. After Jones’ replays were complete, Belichick would catch up to him and offer his two cents while Judge apparently took mental notes and recorded everything.

But there is more.

Not only are Belichick, Patricia and Judge trying to give Jones and the rest of the offense a different perspective, but the coaching trio are working to get the unit up and running faster.

It was a talking point with Jones, as well as several other members of the offensive line, who were made available after 80 minutes of practice.

“We do a lot of things schematically to get up and grab the ball much faster. We’ve got really good players that are going to line up and make those plays and of course a great offensive line,” Jones said. “So it comes down to distributing the ball, whether it’s passing it to the running back, throwing it, swinging to the right or throwing the deep ball.

“It doesn’t really matter what I do, if we do it quickly and put pressure on the defence, it makes everything more difficult.”

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, beaming during and after practice, agreed.

“We made a lot of adjustments to get off the ball faster,” Bourne said, “and I think it works, just to get a head start off the ball is huge, it doesn’t take that long.

“It just feels faster. More speed. More urgency. I would say so. It feels better to keep a defense on their toes, not ready them and just get off the ball.

Belichick and Patricia would certainly know what ruins a defense.

In any case, players seem to have adjusted and seem to be buying into whatever the troika throws up for now.

Patricia, the offensive line coach, didn’t spend as much time with this session on Wednesday as he was more concerned with navigating the offensive line. Billy Yates, who also works with the offensive line, managed the group while Patricia took care of other matters.

Will that be a problem for the O line? When asked if it complicated things, Trent Brown replied, “Not at all.”

“It’s AIO,” Brown said. “Adapt, improvise and overcome. Whoever is down there, we have to listen and pay attention.”

Brown also seemed open to the idea that a defensive-minded coach works not just with the line but with the offense as a whole.

“I think it’s cool that we can see it from a different perspective that he’s been working on the defensive side of the ball for so long,” the mammoth tackle said of Patricia. “We get to know the ‘who, what, where, when, why’ and not just X and O. I think that’s the coolest thing about it.”

It’s cool until it’s not anymore. The school still disagrees as to whether this arrangement will work and help take Jones to the next level, let alone the offense.

Jones was asked how different it was to use the vision of three coaches instead of a philosophy of former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

“I think at the end of the day, the Patriot offense is the Patriot offense. We try to keep the ball so that we don’t turn it over, that’s the most important thing,” he said. “But we want to be able to move the ball down how we want – short, medium or long passes – play within ourselves and use our strengths.”

He continued: “Every offense has elements and I think there’s a very clear layout this year.”

A very clear layout.

Also with three cooks in the kitchen.

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