Felger & Mazz

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Paul Perillo of Patriots.com joins Felger and Mazz every Wednesday during the football season. This week, Perillo was asked who is to blame for the Patriots slow start on offense.

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    Paul Perillo: So who are we firing?

    Felger: Well, so, you tell us. The topic of the day is that, now we enter the second half, robert Kraft was expecting and called for a big year two jump from Mac Jones, not only did he not get the year two jump from Mac Jones, Mac Jones is going backwards. Who does he blame for that?

    Paul Perillo: Wow, that’s a loaded question.

    Felger: Belichick? The assistants? Or Mac Jones himself?

    Paul Perillo: Don’t you go all of the above? I mean, I am on record, I never understood the plan, you know, to put Patricia and Judge in charge. And that falls on Bill. And Bill told us repeatedly throughout the summer that this is on him…”These are my decisions. These are my calls. Ultimately, if you don’t like the direction of the offense and the way things are going, that that falls on my shoulders”. So he’s not without blame. But I also don’t eliminate the player. And I think they have been a little bit too willing to use all the excuses. And the excuses are valid. I mean, I just talked about what I felt about the plan, and I don’t think it’s the most, you know, it’s the deepest core of weapons. But they have enough weapons to be better than this offensively. The offensive line hasn’t played well, but part of it has to fall on Mac Jones. He hasn’t made that year two progression and I think that is where it starts. I think there’s a lot of quarterbacks that have been in this league that have struggled to to be protected properly and have found ways to make some plays. You know, Joe Burrow in Cincinnati would be at the top of that list for me, who has had wretched offensive line play throughout his career. And he’s been able to find ways to make plays. And now he’s done it without Ja’marr Chase for a couple of weeks, so it’s not just, you know, Ja’marr Chase comes in and put him to another level. I think that some of this has to fall on Mac Jones.

    Mazz: Okay, so play the game. Where do you think Kraft would start?

    Paul Perillo: I think he would start with the structure of the offensive staff. And this is what I put in our email this morning. I mean, I can’t imagine that this is Robert Kraft going to Bill Belichick saying, “listen, I gave you three years post Brady, you’re out”. I find that impossible. And I know that Robert is very cognizant of the way that Bill Parcells left here and unfairly felt like, you know, he was the one that was blamed for that. So, I don’t think that he will ever do anything to grease the skids for Bill Belichick leaving. So to me, it’s much more fair to suggest, “Bill, is this really the best way to go about setting things up?”. And now if there’s pushback and whatnot, then we have a whole different argument, whole different problem. But I would expect to see some kind of changes in terms of the the coaching staff and, you know, sort of a rearranging. I don’t think anybody is going to, you know, to answer your question, Mike, who’s getting fired? I don’t think anybody. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see a change to the way this is set up next year and with a more traditional offensive coordinator in place.