The Patriots are 2-4 on the year, but have suffered a few tough losses where if a play or two go a different way their record could be completely different.
Week 1 was the late Damien Harris fumble. Against Tampa Bay was the Nick Folk field goal that hit the left goal post. And against Dallas there was the third-and-25 late in the fourth quarter where the Cowboys got 24 yards to set up a game-tying field goal.
Appearing on Merloni & Fauria Monday, Mac Jones stressed the team is "close" and can't focus on the results.
“When you watch the film and just look at it, it comes down to doing the hard things right," he said. "And it comes down to two or three plays that we just need to — whether it’s me or whoever -- I think we just need to kind of flip the switch and realize that we’re close, but close is never good enough. At the same time, we can’t be distracted by results. We just have to focus on the process and what’s worked for us and I think we’re starting to make strides.
“It’s tough because you lose, but at the same time you just have to focus on what we can do better.”
The rookie also stressed continuing with the process week-to-week.
“I think it’s more about the process and figuring out what works for me and what works for our team," Jones said. "We don’t want to look back, but I think the games we’ve lost, they are super close. One play here or there our record would say something completely different. It’s the National Football League and the margin for error is so slim that you just have to be on your ‘A’ game. I’m young and I am starting to realize that. The sense of urgency just needs to improve by me in whatever way I can help the team through in that area.”
As always, Jones was critical of himself as he said he needs to work on his feet and communicating with his offensive line.
“Improving my feet and improving my communication with the offensive line just making sure we’re on the same page," he said when asked what he needs to improve on from Sunday's game. "I think my feet were a little out of whack and I can definitely improve that and I will with drills and all that stuff. Every week there’s things I do to improve on that.
"And communication, talking with the offensive line and making sure we’re on the same page. I think we did a good job of that, but that is something that needs to improve every week. I think we’ll do that in practice. They’ve done a good job all year protecting me. We’re getting better and better, so once we really have that full game the results will come. We just have to keep working.”
The Patriots will host the Jets next Sunday.