NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner recently dissected game film from the Patriots’ loss to the Vikings and arrived at two unflattering conclusions about New England’s offense: the concepts are too simple, and the execution is weak.
Warner’s hourlong breakdown is intensive, as the Super Bowl champion and two-time MVP goes through most of the Patriots’ passing plays from last Thursday night. While Warner says there’s nothing wrong with the concepts New England is running, Mac Jones isn’t sharp enough to pull them off.
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“But it's about details. Details, details, details. You want to be simple with your offense? You better be really, really good at what you do in the details,” said Warner, via NBC Sports Boston. “Details as a quarterback. Technique throwing the football. Getting the football out on time. Knowing where your eyes should be and what you're seeing. … This is my problem with where the Patriots are overall. Yes, I'd like to see more concepts and more creativity overall. But if this is what you're going to do and you're going to be a simplistic offense that runs the same concepts over and over and over again, get good at them.”
The Patriots have streamlined their offense this season, much to the consternation of fans and analysts. As Warner points out, Jones completed 28-of-39 passes for 382 yards Thursday. But once again, the Patriots struggled in the red zone, and were shut out in the fourth quarter.
Two weeks ago against the Jets, Jones went 23-of-27, but the Patriots’ offense only put three points on the board.
“In that game, they completed a bunch of passes. They had a lot of yards. But you see all the stuff that could've been,” said Warner. “Two weeks ago, I think Mac went 23-for-27 and the Patriots scored three points. Right? Why? Lack of efficiency. Efficiency. Yes, we get completions, [but] we need to score points.”
The task doesn’t get any easier for the Patriots going forward: the Bills have allowed the fifth-fewest points in the league.