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Plenty of former and current Patriots have done their part over the last several days to give their opinion about the team's quarterback situation post-Mac Jones' benching in Germany.
The latest? Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman, who joined Fox Sports’ The Herd on Thursday to talk about the state of the signal caller position in New England.
"If you're a guy, you're a guy," Edelman said about Jones. "And I'm not gonna come out here and just bash on Мас. Yeah, it's been terrible for the whole unit. One play it's the offensive line, one play the receiver slips, one play the receiver drops the ball, there's a bad throw and, and collectively they're not doing well. But this is the National Football League. If you don't win, the quarterback and the head coach get the blame. When you do win, the quarterback and the head coach get the blame."
Edelman then essentially said that Jones’ having three offensive coordinators in three seasons is a weak excuse for his deterioration:
"This is a production business, ok? And everyone keeps on wanting to say, ‘oh, he's had three offensive coordinators.’ He’s really only had two offensive coordinators. I had Billy O’Brien and Josh McDaniels. That's the same scheme. There's a couple of wrinkles here and there, but you're fundamentally doing the same things."
The main problem with Mac, at least in Edelman’s opinion? Confidence.
"It's just been tough for Mac to execute in the high-pressure situations and it comes down to his confidence," Edelman explained. "He’s lost his confidence, and once you lose your confidence in this league, it's tough. I remember there was a couple times where, you drop a ball or something here or there, and you start thinking about it the next play. Easy play, oh this is going to be easy, and when you’re thinking about things, it’s not allowing you to play fast. It’s not allowing your subconscious to kick in, and instincts play the game for you, and that’s what it’s been right now."
"He’s just lost his confidence. It sucks for him, but, you know, that's what's happened."