LISTEN: Michael Lombardi takes down Mac Jones
By now, you know that Michael Lombardi is a former NFL executive and coach, not to mention a longtime associate of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Now a media analyst, Lombardi has a podcast called The GM shuffle with host Femi Abebefe. In the latest episode, we get what can only be called a Michael Lombardi takedown of Mac Jones.
In the interest of accuracy, Jones is hardly the only focus of Lombardi’s commentary here – and we should make it crystal clear that many agree with Lombardi’s overall point about the importance of leadership skills in any successful quarterback. Over the last two seasons with the Patriots, as Jones deterioration has reached a crisis, his greatest flaw arguably has been his inability to lead, which is no small thing. Offensively, at least, the Patriots have looked fractured and inept under Jones’ leadership, and the the frustrations of his teammates and coaches have often been visible.
Lombardi, for his part, has taken a great deal of criticism in these parts for being a Bill Belichick sycophant, but let’s make something else clear: that is not the purpose. Whether you love Lombardi or hate him, he at least shares many philosophies and beliefs with Belichick, which makes his commentary valuable. (This is especially true give Belichick’s unwillingness to share most anything.) As such, we can get often a glimpse into the way Belichick thinks by listening to the thoughts of those who know and understand him – and, in this case, those who learned and developed both under and with him.
In this 6-minute excerpt of his most recent podcast, Lombardi was asked about the resurgence of Denver Broncos, who are now 6-5 after 1-5 start that featured an unforgettable 70-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins. (Yes, 70-20.) And while Lombardi’s answer addresses the roles of Broncos coach Sean Payton and quarterback Russell Wilson, it turns into a discussion about quarterback leadership in general and Mac Jones in particular. You can listen by clicking on the photo of Lombardi below:
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