Reporters at a Patriots Packers joint practice this week noted that New England coach Bill Belichick eliminated quarterback Mack Jones at one point. Jones played it down but admitted he did something worthwhile.
Jones said that Belichick was not happy with the Patriots offense getting the ball in the end zone with two minutes of work and ordered Jones to do it again.
“So, we scored on a two-minute drive with a field goal, and then we wanted to try the situation again,” Jones said. “We re-fixed it, I guess. That was fun, I guess, but It was my fault. I think it was just a misunderstanding between all of us. But it was good. It was a good learning experience. It’s very hard to explain football terminology to the media and stuff, but it was kind of a nuance, because we repeated a situation we just did, you know what I’m saying? So, that’s what we need, for both teams to understand the situation and try to work it out and then do it again to make it right.”
Belichick often seemed dissatisfied with Jones and did not officially name him as a quarterback, even though Jones is listed by Bailey Zappe as a QB1 on the team’s unofficial depth chart.