Is Mac Jones still ‘the man’?  Here’s what Rob Ninkovich thinks

Is Mac Jones still ‘the man’? Here’s what Rob Ninkovich thinks

Is Mac Jones still ‘the man’? Here’s what Rob Ninkovich thinks appeared first on NBC Sports Boston

Is it too early to worry about the development of New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones?

After a promising rookie campaign, Jones hasn’t shown any improvement in his second year. The Patriots offense had a total of 24 points.

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Sure, it’s only Week 3, but Jones is under a microscope in an increasingly competitive AFC East. MVP candidate Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills are a Super Bowl favorite, and the Miami Dolphins surrounded Tua Tagovailoa – who had 469 passing yards and six TDs on Sunday – with weapons. Jones must take the next step if the Patriots are going to make the playoffs and make a run in a loaded conference.

Jones is right to be worried, but former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich isn’t about to panic. He joined our Phil Perry on a new episode of the Next Pats Podcast to explain why he still believes Jones could be the future of the franchise.

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“I believe he’s still the guy,” Ninkovich said. “I’m kind of taking everything I’m looking at with a grain of salt considering that I don’t know if they need to be put in a great position this offseason. You have to understand, when you go from Josh McDaniels to new team or new style, there’s Matty P (Matt Patricia), Joe Judge, Bill Belichick, those three guys are probably making the rounds trying to implement a different offensive system New scheme, new terminology, defenses new Everything that you as a quarterback have to be on every single thing that’s going on, you have to know what’s coming, you have to know what’s coming.

“I don’t think they’re there yet. I don’t think they’re there in the sense of being on the same page. Because really what to quarterback, they have to be on the same page and wavelength. of the OC ( offensive coordinator) You saw it with Tom (Brady) and Josh. You see it around the league with coordinators and their quarters, but that takes time. You can’t just do that like ‘boom, we have chemistry.’ They’re building that right now, getting comfortable with each other. I really think you have to give them some time.”

Ninkovich believes that instead of comparing Jones to the elite QBs around the league, we should focus on the exciting attributes the 2021 first-rounder brings to the table.

“He is still a very young player and experiencing new things,” said Ninkovich. “The hand accuracy is there. The smarts are there. So he has those intangibles. I think what people don’t see is, you turn to the Eagles, you turn to the Bills, you turn to the Ravens, you turn on. some of these quarterbacks who are so electric and dynamic with running and moving in the pocket and throwing a 75-yard laser beam, you become infatuated with that and that’s what you want. But you don’t have to it’s what you need at the moment.

“You’ve got Mac Jones, a capable, smart quarterback who can put your team in a position to win football games. Would I like to see a little more zip on the throws? Sure, why not. But at the time same, I still am. like what I see and the way he carries himself.”

Also in the new episode: Thumbs up or thumbs down on RPOs? How can the Patriots defense stop Lamar Jackson? And what are the essential building blocks to make Mac Jones a more confident player?

Watch the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network, or watch it on YouTube below:

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