Quarterback MAC JONES
August 2, 2022
Q: Where are you after two days of padded training?
MJ: Yes, I think we have a lot of room to grow here. The goal for me is not to run the ball and throw it like that, I think our offensive line is doing a good job and we just have to get on the same side.
Q: Are you comfortable with what they’re asking you to do schematically and some of the tweaks they’re making?
MJ: Yeah I think we’re all just trying to learn and figure it out and just move on here and at the end of the day it’s the player’s job to make the plays that the coaches want. They did a good job explaining each piece and our job is to go there and run it.
Q: What benefits do you see from working in tight split formations, either before the snap or as it develops?
MJ: Yeah, I think that’s a football specific question, but…
Q: Don’t you like them?
MJ: I like soccer. But yeah, I think different teams in the league use tight groups and often it’s to their advantage. We’re trying to do that a little bit more. There are several plays that you can run out of, so anything different can help confuse the defense.
Q: On Saturday it looked like you were frustrated with how practice ended, if you are frustrated with how things are progressing, how do you deal with the frustration and how do you deal with it after practice?
MJ: I think that’s why we train and I’m very interested in football and we all do. It’s very competitive and if we lose the day it’s like a shot in the heart for me, you know, it’s like we lost the game. So there’s a lot more to it than that because it’s practice you want to learn, but at the end of the day we’re competitive out here and the goal is to have more good plays than the other team, and in this case it is that’s the defense right now. I feel like we can compete even more and even better, but a lot of it is just execution and x and o and figuring out how to communicate with each other. So, better days are ahead, but you know, we’re at the beginning of this thing and we need to make it work, but we just need to take it day by day.
Q: Is that something you need to remember that it’s a process, the offense changes a bit and if you’re not having a good day, that’s just part of the process?
MJ: Yeah I mean I was lucky enough to play in a lot of games last year and not every game is going to be perfect and I’ve learned that and not every practice is going to be perfect. But I just stick to my routine and I know what to do, I know what to look for and sometimes I try different things in practice that I wouldn’t try in the game and that’s the whole point of practice. So it’s always good to just get your feet wet on the new offense and try different things and get on the same page as the coaches just to see it on film and then teach from it.
Q: How is sophomore training different for you from what you’re trying to do out here on offense compared to what you went through last year? What is the most important thing for you when you leave the field and try to achieve something on the field?
MJ: I guess I just keep going during the day. I mean there’s a lot more to this day than training, especially training and filming and all that, so I’m sticking to my routine, just like last year, and of course they come when the games come, but for now it is just focusing each day and figuring out what we can do better and talking about it and coming up with a plan.
Q: How confident are you with your background and knowledge?
MJ: Yes I think I have a good understanding of attacking football and I understand how games work and how games don’t work and our job is to run the games and if something doesn’t work and I know it doesn’t is going to work, I need to fix it and make it a better game. So that’s what we’re trying to do on the field. Because of that, you have really good quarterbacks that can help change and correct plays and make them better, and that’s part of the practice of finding the right play and then executing it and getting a close or a big play . So there’s a lot going on there. As a newbie you kind of just lead the pieces and I had a lot of energy last year to change the pieces which luckily I had and this year we’re working through that.
Q: Are you in an adjustment period right now, or are you just thinking, “Hey, let’s gather the intel, play the game, and see if it works or not”?
MJ: Yeah, I’m trying to get us in the best game with the tools I’ve been given. Right now we’re just trying to play our base tracks I think and just see it on film. That’s the biggest part, like I said, every offense has a system that they can use to change the game and so do we. So when we get there, we’ll get there, but for now it’s more about the basics.
Q: What do you like about Tyquan Thorton?
MJ: I think Ty is a hard worker. He’s starting to really understand some of the things we’re doing and opening up. He clearly has the speed to open up and we’ve got a great group of guys and we need to spread the ball between them. The whole point of this offense is getting the ball to different people and not targeting one person, spreading the wealth and letting these guys run after the catch.
Q: You said it feels like you’ve been shot in the heart when you’re having a not-so-great day out here, but if you go back and watch the movie you see progress that you’d like to see, or are you just having a bad experience?
MJ: I look at everything. I still have a lot to learn, but I understand what makes a good game good and what makes a bad game bad. I’ve played football long enough to realize that and a lot of that is just talking it through and finding attacking opportunities to be better, but we have great coaches who will get us there. I think right now it’s more about communication to get there and we just need to grow a little bit more here and pick up the pace a little bit and see if we can prepare for that next week right here, that’s all, what you can ask for.
Q: DeVante Parker has done a lot of plays. It seems like he picked things up quickly. How was working with him and with Bauchemie?
MJ: Yes, he’s a great receiver and he’s been in this league for a long time and he knows how to attack football. So we have a lot of people doing a lot of different things and my job is to get my hands on them and they’re going to make the game, so we’re going to try to do that.
Q: We see that you are wearing the sleeve on your arm today, is there a specific reason for that?
MJ: [Brian] Hoyer usually wears the sleeve, so I have to continue the tradition. No I’m just kidding. Honestly, just try to keep a little compression and keep it warm throughout the day. We had a lot of younger guys getting reps today so just let’s keep warm while I wait to go in.
Q: Invoice [Belichick] Mentioned a change in focus if you guys have the pads on where you might have been focusing on the passing game last week, now this week you might be working more on that kind of thing in the running game, how does the focus or mentality change for you with that Pads on now?
MJ: Yes, I mean soccer is soccer. It’s played in whole pads, so I’m looking forward to this type of practice. It gets you ready and confident for the game, so that confidence has to be built and we have to keep growing to be able to put the pads on on game day and say, ‘okay, let’s do this and we feel confident.’ So we have to there. That’s the biggest thing, it’s just an insult to get together. They can do a decent job in a walk-through or in helmets, but it really comes when you’re wearing full pads.
Q: You’ve mentioned communication here a few times and brought yourself to the same page and had a problem-solving mindset in the past. When you’re working through a new offense in training camp, do you think the communication part of it is the biggest problem you’re trying to solve here?
MJ: I think it’s just like you said, every problem has a solution and some of the plays we do, we go out there and see how it looks first and then try to figure it out. So that’s the biggest thing, just getting the pieces on the screen and looking at them, ‘okay, here’s the problem, this guy is unlocked, how can we block him?’ It’s really not rocket science, but our job is to execute what they tell us and go through my reads and my run looks, and we’ll continue to grow in that space. It’s just that every game is a different game, whether it’s a run or a pass, and the communication on every game is different. So it takes replay, it takes watching movies and doing all that.