Patriots legend Julian Edelman slams McJones for ‘pissed faces’ effort on final play against Raiders

It doesn’t take much deductive skills or reading between the lines to conclude that New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is extremely frustrated. As a disappointing second season continues in New England, Jones has become the poster child for the Patriots’ incompetent and seemingly planless offense, his anger at the situation becoming more apparent with each passing week.

Instead of leading the Patriots to a possible playoff spot despite their offensive woes, Jones is now left with a permanent spot unquestionably the most humiliating game in team history: After wide receiver Jakobi Meyers made an inexplicable decision to try to flip the ball to Jones with the game tied and time running out, Jones was stressed into oblivion trying to make a game-saving tackle on Las Vegas Raiders defensive end , Chandler Jones. who then ran the ball back for a game-winning touchdown as Jones was let off the turf.

The emotional nature of the loss angered many longtime Patriots, including Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman. Days later shares his visceral initial reactionEdelman was blunt and vocal in his criticism of McJones on “Inside the NFL,” initially taking issue with Jones’ attempt to confront Chandler Jones before expanding on his grievances.

“The season is coming up, you’ve got to trip him up,” Edelman said, echoing a point Ray Lewis was trying to make about the play.

Panelist Brandon Marshall responded by arguing that Jones doesn’t practice tackling, to which Edelman gave a crude interpretation of a pattern of behavior the Patriots quarterback has displayed.

“You know what, he also doesn’t do all the antics after games and fend off the coaches and all those pissed off faces and stuff,” Edelman said. “He doesn’t do that, and he does. Why can’t he make the tackle? It’s bad.”

After longtime Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels left the team to become the Raiders’ head coach, New England opted not to replace him with a true offensive coordinator, instead relying on a collaborative approach that included Matt Patricia and Joe Judge — who had served in the past. as defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator, respectively — overseeing the offense as well as Jones’ development.

In the two games before Week 15, Jones’ frustration was boiling over. During a 24-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Jones was seen yelling, “Throw the f–king ball! The f–king’s fast game sucks!” And even in a 27-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Jones could be seen dropping plenty of F-bombs after Patriots offensive misfires.

Jones has had to bear the brunt of the Patriots’ offensive ineptitude, which has contributed to them being 7-7 on the season with three games to play. New England’s passing game has been particularly poor, ranking 23rd in the NFL in passing yards per game and 30th in passing touchdowns.

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