7-Things For Houston: Part I.
By Tom Mahoney
1. Mac Jones- Mac was truly great last week against Tampa. What you
want to see from rookie QBs is improvement, not wins. Judging them like a
Veteran QB, by wins, is like judging a member of the Republican Fascist
Party by morals. They just don’t have any yet. You judge a rookie QB by the
steps they take, and the improvement they make each week. You want those
improves and steps up to grow every day. Last week Mac took his most significate
steps up by far.
“Just losing sucks. You
just have to take it for what it's worth, more so in the beginning of the
season, as a learning experience. Nobody on our team likes to lose. You can
play well or play not well, but you just need to score one more point than
the other team. When we do that, I think we'll feel good about it and feel
good about the progress,” Mac said.
“Obviously we've made progress. But you also can't outcome think and focus
so much on winning or losing and you're not focusing on what your job is, so
there's two parts to this story, and you've just got to focus on the next
team we're playing, and we're excited and we've just got to attack each day
with that mindset.”
I know a lot of you don’t obsessive
watch College Football to study the NFL Draft each week. However, it is important
to point out that last season Mac Jones was the most successful thrower to
the 2nd and 3rd levels, in the passing game at Alabama, in the history of
college football. This is not an opinion. This is a statistical fact. And,
he wasn’t throwing to the best group of WRs ever: Jerry Jeudy. Jaylen
Waddle, and Henry Ruggs. No! He only had DeVonta Smith left from the Alabama
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
“I think the routine has
been more consistent. Still adjusting some things. But just sticking to it
and watching what I watch every day,” Mac said. “Then
talking with the other quarterbacks or with Josh. And just taking his
advice and what I'm supposed to do each day. So it's just as simple as that.
But like I said, there's adjustments that you have to make in anything that
you do. So that's part of it as well.”
what Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith did last season at Alabama was unprecedented.
It was the Greatest Season by two Horsemen ever. Because they not only ate
up the best pork-belly season ever? They won the whole enchilada. They didn’t
just break SEC Passing Records? They devoured them. I know statistics
rarely tell the whole story, but in this case they did. They put up the
best statistical season ever by a QB and a WR. And… went undefeated.
And… won the National Championship.
“There's always a big
benefit to experience in general. But more importantly, experience in a
system and experience working with those players that you mentioned.
Whether it's the receivers and tight ends, or whether it's the quarterback
and the timing of routes and so forth,” Belichick said. “But there's different distributions and meshes and
releases. Things like that. That the receivers themselves are involved in,
and there's the timing of the quarterbacks. Then there's the overall
offensive system. I think that's continued to get better every week.
“We had a couple of weeks
in the preseason where we didn't have everybody available, and we were
working Cam and Mac both at quarterback. But as things have stabilized here
in the last few weeks, I think that's definitely trending in the right
direction. And the production has generally followed that, and we still have
a long way to go, but I think that's moving in the right direction. Offensively,
it takes all 11 guys. It's not just about a quarterback and a receiver. So
just overall offensively, our production and execution can move to a higher
level. So that includes everybody.”
They won every game last
season, and had unprecedented production. DeVonta almost had a 2,000-yard
receiving last season. Think about for a second: 117 catches, for 1856-yards!
And 23 TDs, and averaged 142.8-yards per game. And all that production was
from Mac Throwing him the ball. I never saw a QB and a WR more in-sync throwing
to the 2nd, and especially the 3rd level. Ever. So we know that Mac can
throw with precision and accuracy to the 2nd and 3rd levels, with unprecedented
production: 402 throws, 422 competitions for 77.4%! for 4500-Yard, 11.2
Yards Per Attempt, 41 TDs! And 4 INTs! And a 203.1 QB Rating. Those were
pretty much the top stats for all FBS QBs in a long while.
2. Stop The Stupid: Part I.- This is
your last warning alleged Pats Fans. Mac Jones is having a great season… um…
you know? For a rookie. He keeps improving every week. Which is what we
want to see. What you don’t want to see is him winning every week. Yes! It
hurts! It’s a punch in the nuts every Sunday. But what you want to see is
the steady improvements each week from the rookie QB, without the wins. It
is so near sightedly stupid to want wins.
“Well, there's a lot of areas that we can improve, and we
can improve everywhere,” BB said. “And so we'll keep working on all of
them: fundamentals, execution, timing, physicality, coaching. We need to do
a better job in a lot areas in all three phases of the game."
Would you rather have 6 or 7 wins, without the slightest
chance of winning the Division, or a Top Five Pick in the NFL Draft… every
Round? We are not winning anything this season. Not even the slightest shot
at the Division. The Buffalo Bills are so superior to all three of the
other AFC East Team that it is ridiculous. They will go Six and oooohhh in
the Division. Taking out all three of the other pathetic AFC East teams. There
is zero chance of winning anything this season in the AFC East. That is why
when you have a rookie QB? You want him to improve, as you get your
franchise in position for a Top Five or Ten Pick, but not improve in the win
column. The Pats are so clearly doing that right now.
“Well, I think we've made progress in the passing game. But
there's still obviously, a lot more to do. And you know, we'll just
continue to work on it and work harder on it and try to continue to improve
it," BB said. “We got production really out of everybody in the
passing game. Tight ends, receivers, backs. Mac spread the ball around. And
we had good production from a lot of different people. But we still need to
continue to work on: our timing, our execution, pass protection, blitz
pick-up, situational football, Red Area, 3rd down. Like all those things
are always important. And that's the key to the passing game; (It) is
throwing the ball in those situations. We'll continue to work hard on those
areas and try to improve.”
3. It’s Time to Dance
With The Devil In The Pale Moonlight, Part I- So winning a few more games this season could not just
be entertaining? But also would be detrimental to the growth of the
Franchise. When you have a rookie QB as a starter in the NFL, you need to
see that development. But you also want to have that top Five or top Ten Pick
in the NFL Draft. You want your rookie QB to win a game or two or three,
but you don’t want him to take you out of the Draft Lottery just yet. You
want to get that instant impact Defender, or the virtuoso WR or Left Tackle
who can destroy the defense in a single bound.
"It's all mental for
him," Stingley Sr. said. "It's just a matter of understanding
'you're gonna have some setbacks' but you have to come back from it. You
can't dwell on it, can't feel like you let the team down because someone
caught a five-yard pass on you. He was so used to having that success and
he never really had that adversity. Know your strengths, know your
weaknesses and get by."
You want your rookie QB to
develop in every area. But you also want that top guy in the Draft. I’m not
sure there is a top 10 pick at WR. Burks and Jahan Dotson are the two best
WRs, but they’re still inconsistent. And Dotson, while more consistent, is
a small guy. Then you have Metchie and the two Ohio State guys creeping up fast.
Plus, will BB take a WR in the 1st. He doesn’t have a great track record in
that area. An OT or a Defender is more in his bailiwick. That’s why I’m on
Evan Neal. Who is a top five lock, and likely first offensive player
“He spent a lot of time
getting his body right, because he used to be even bigger than he is now. But
now he can sustain better. When you coach in the NFL, you see guys like
that on occasion. And we had a few through the years. But Evan is very
unique in terms of he has great size, and he’s got great athleticism.” Saban said about Neal getting down to 345. “But I think even most importantly, he’s a hard worker.
He has a lot of goals and aspirations for how good he wants to be. What his
expectation is. He’s a bit of a perfectionist in terms of how he goes about
things. But he’s also got good intangibles. He plays with really good
toughness. He’s got good mental toughness. He’s very assignment conscious.
He doesn’t make a lot of mental errors. This guy does just about everything
that you would like for the best players on your team to do, to set a good
example for other players.”
If the Pats have more than five
wins or so, with the QBs in this Draft? It could cost them Kayvon
Thibodeaux, or God help Mac, Evan Neal!! Just think how much Jones’ old
buddy at Alabama could change the Pats bad O-line for a decade. Or what
about Kyle Hamilton!?! Or a Gilmore replacement, and an ex-Patriots’ Grandson
(damn I’m old;) Derek Stingley Jr! CB, LSU!! This looks like a very top-heavy
Defensive Draft. I’d rather see an Elite WR to help Mac, but I don’t think
they’ll be a Top Ten WR in this Draft, or that BB would take a WR in the Top
Ten. But there will be a plethora of Defenders (include a Patriots’ family friend
who could replace Gilmore;) to choose from, or one giant Plug and Play Blindside
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