Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made headlines last week for his effusive praise of Mac Jones, saying the young quarterback has shown “dramatic improvement” since the end of his rookie season.
“Well, I think that’s really true for almost all players in their second year, and he certainly falls in that category,” Belichick said during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Players that go from Year 1 to Year 2, they have a much better understanding of what they need to do. They’ve made their physical improvements from the year before. They understand what we do a lot better, they understand what the opponents do a lot better, and they understand the National Football League. So all that is great for anybody.”
Told that Jones appears to be in better physical shape this season, Belichick replied: “Yeah, he’s improved.”
“So, I wouldn’t characterize it as any meteoric rise,” he continued. “It’s a natural progression that most all players make, and I would say he’s made it.”
Belichick went on to explain how Jones has progressed since his rookie year, which ended in a playoff berth and a bid to the Pro Bowl (as an AFC alternate).