New England Patriots

New England Patriots

On Zolak & Bertrand, Scott Zolak made it clear the Patriots need to go back to the Tom Brady offense next season.

  • Mac Jones looked his best a year ago

    Scott Zolak: It’s like the same thing on defense. You want to run a 4-3 or 3-4? Four. Are you going to be a sub team? Are you going to be a tampa-two team? What’s your scheme? What’s your personnel? The personnel showed you you’re not a fast moving, fast playing west-coast type offensive single-back team. Your forte, as you found out in 2018 when you needed identity, was to run the ball with a fullback and an offensive line that came off the ball and two backs that could run and he sort of caught fire with that at the end of December and then he went on a Super Bowl run. That’s what good teams do. You figure out what you are and what you do. They can never figure out what they were this year. Then the last two games you started to push it down field a little bit. Holy crap, that stuff actually works. DeVante Parker, can go up and get the ball. Wow. I mean, I think Mac (Jones) can handle the old system, and I think it’s more complicated. I think it is. The other stuff’s too simple. It, like, dumbs it down. It really does to me. When you minimize things, less options, less thinking. Yeah, but do you have the players that just react to go out play? Doesn’t seem like you do.

  • FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 01: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots talks with head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarteragainst the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on January 01, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 01: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots talks with head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarteragainst the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on January 01, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

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  • FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 24: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots looks on during pregame against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 24: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots looks on during pregame against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

  • Mac Jones built a special connection with Josh McDaniels over this offense

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