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Mac Jones, Patriots assistant Joe Judge frequently cursed each other out, report says: ‘Mac didn’t like him’

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NFL fans often seemed confused this season on who to blame for the Patriots’ offensive playcalling. Was it the most pointed-at culprit, Matt Patricia? Was it Bill Belichick himself?

It seems like Mac Jones found his target to blame during the season: offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach Joe Judge, who returned to the Patriots after two years as the Giants’ head coach.

According to The Boston Herald, Jones and Judge frequently butted heads, and would curse each other out during practice. “Mac didn’t like him. At all,” the Herald reported a source saying after the season.

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Jones had no problems voicing his feeling this season. Indeed, during a 24-10 loss to the Bills with national cameras trained on him for “Monday Night Football,” Jones was captured yelling on the sideline to “throw the f— ball!”

One of the first mistakes the Patriots tried to rectify this offseason was their failed two offensive coordinator/no offensive coordinator experiment, opting to target Bill O’Brien to call plays next season.

The Patriots were 21st in the league in passing last year, throwing for 3,815 yards on the year. Jones was responsible for 2,997 of those yards. He also threw 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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The picture the Herald paints goes far beyond a QB and an assistant not liking each other. It illustrates an offense that was steeped in total dysfunction, which produced multiple frustrated personnel, not just Jones.

The Patriots missed the playoffs for the second time in three years this season, despite knocking on the door. They’re undoubtedly hoping O’Brien is able to bring some flow back to an offense that clearly desperately needs it.

Jones was put in a tough spot last year, which likely only heaped onto his frustration. Perhaps a long-time offensive coach can reel things in and help the Patriots throw the f— ball.


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