Kurt Warner was one of Tom Brady’s earliest victims. The NFL Hall of Famer was on the Rams’ sideline when Brady drove down the field with 1:21 remaining in Super Bowl 36, setting up Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goal. That means Warner brings some valuable first hand knowledge to the conversation comparing Mac Jones to a young Brady.
Warner thinks Jones is giving the Patriots more.
“I mean, if you’re gonna go back to that season, I would say you’re getting more from Mac Jones than you got from Tom Brady,” Warner said on Rich Eisen’s radio show.
Frankly, that should be the case, considering Jones was the No. 15 overall pick. Brady was just a “skinny little twerp out of Michigan,” as Drew Bledsoe described him in “Man in the Arena.”
It’s also a much different game today than 20 years ago. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the NFL is now a pass-friendly league. Young quarterbacks are routinely sent into shotgun, and told to let it fly.
Through 10 games, Jones has completed 69% of his passes for 2,333 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Interestingly enough, that’s very comparable to Brady. Baby GOAT completed 65% of his passes for 1,869 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions through his first 10 starts.
Warner expects Jones to take on even more responsibility as the season progresses. “More importantly, he’s a guy that shows you he can make the right play most of the time,” Warner said. “You get a quarterback that can make the right play most of the time and you’re gonna be in the mix for the playoffs. He just is going to get better and better and he’s doing more and more for this team.”
Jones played his best game of the season Sunday, lighting up the Browns for three touchdown passes. If that’s a harbinger of what’s to come, Jones could produce one of the most successful rookie seasons for a quarterback in recent memory.
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