Bill Belichick reacts to Patriots QB Mac Jones’ 3 interceptions in loss to Saints
After promising performances in his first two career starts in the NFL, New England Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones failed to build on early momentum in the 28-13 home loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Jones orchestrated several promising drives over the course of the game, but his performance was marred by the three interceptions thrown.
For one, Saints veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins returned an interception the other way for a pivotal 34-yard pick-six that opened up an 18-point lead for New Orleans in the third quarter. However, Jones was not at complete fault for this turnover, as the crucial drop by tight end Jonnu Smith gifted Jenkins the effortless interception.
In his post-game press conference, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick offered one straight-to-the-point response to what he saw from Jones’ three-interception outing.
“Probably saw the same thing you saw,” Belichick said.
Question: What did you see on Mac Jones’ interceptions?
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— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 26, 2021
Belichick did, however, give his take on just where the Patriots can improve over on the offensive end.
“We’ve just got to play more consistently,” Belichick said. “We’ve got to play with more good plays out there and not as many that aren’t good. That’s what we have to do. We had some chances, but in the end, we just couldn’t get it done. It’s disappointing. There’s no magic sauce here. Just have to go back to work and do better.”
The 1-2 Patriots will now shift gears to the home clash against the reigning Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4. This has been tabbed as the most anticipated regular-season game in years, with quarterback Tom Brady set to face off against New England for the first time in his career.