Patriots’ Jones: Bill O’Brien doing ‘great job’ as new OC

Patriots' Jones: Bill O'Brien doing 'great job' as new OC
Patriots' Jones: Bill O'Brien doing 'great job' as new OC

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has been pleased with the transition to Bill O’Brien as his new offensive coordinator.

“It’s been good. It’s been normal,” Jones said at a Wednesday press conference. “I think everything he’s done so far has been really good. I think the communication is the most important part – and trust. I think it all starts with that when you’re with a new coach, and he’s done a great job in controlling the room.”

O’Brien is Jones’ third offensive play-caller in as many seasons. Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels ran the offense during Jones’ rookie year in 2021 but departed after that campaign.

Jones flourished under McDaniels, throwing for 3,801 yards with 22 touchdowns while leading New England to a playoff spot with a 10-7 regular-season record in 17 starts.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave play-calling duties to Matt Patricia following McDaniels’ departure; Patricia had no prior experience calling offensive plays in the NFL.

New England’s offense struggled under Patricia, finishing 26th in yards per game in 2022. Jones also regressed in his sophomore season, posting a 6-8 record in 14 starts while throwing for 2,997 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

O’Brien served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator over the last two years before joining the Patriots. Jones, who played for the Crimson Tide during his collegiate career, said he and O’Brien share common “lingo” from their time with the program.

“There’s a lot of familiarity, but it’s a new relationship still, and we’re just working on that trust,” Jones said. That’s what I care about. I’m very much so a trustworthy person, and that’s what we’re trying to build.”

Jones, 24, has thrown for 6,798 yards with 36 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 31 NFL starts.

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