Despite entering the game on a massive win streak, Mac Jones and the New England Patriots were defeated by their longtime rival, the Indianapolis Colts. Thanks to a stellar performance from Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, the Patriots could not keep ahold of the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
Several factors contributed to the Patriots’ loss. For starters, the Colts are one of the hottest teams in the NFL at the moment and roster an elite offensive line. Even Bill Belichick was no match for the Colts’ ground-and-pound style of offense.
However, after the loss, Mac Jones offered some insight into why he feels New England came out flat for the big-time AFC showdown.
Mac Jones blames the Patriots’ loss on bad practice habits
Mac Jones: “We can play with those guys, and they played great. We kind of just shot ourselves in the foot.”
— Alex Barth (@RealAlexBarth) December 19, 2021
When asked about the Patriots’ loss in Indy, Jones actually had a pretty insightful answer, which isn’t the norm for New England players. He blamed the defeat on bad practices the week prior.
“I just don’t think it was our best effort,” Jones said. “It starts with me just throughout the week. We didn’t have a great practice every day, so it is what it is. You just have to move on and keep your head high and keep working because no one’s going to feel sorry for ourselves. If you feel that way, then — you just can’t do that, and you just have to move on and work harder. That’s all you can do is just work harder.”
Bad practices would make sense if this were the Jacksonville Jaguars or Detroit Lions. However, this is Bill Belichick and the New England machine we’re talking about. They’re famous around the NFL for their intense, no-nonsense approach to preparation. Hearing that they failed to practice accordingly for a massive AFC game with profound seeding implications is surprising.
Mac Jones also said Patriots players were feeling sorry for themselves
Mac Jones: “Flush this game down the toilet and roll.”
— Ryan Spagnoli (@Ryan_Spags) December 19, 2021
To add even further confusion to the situation, Jones also went on record saying the Patriots were feeling sorry for themselves during the week leading up to their game with the Colts.
“..maybe like feeling a little sorry for ourselves because we’re coming off the bye and stuff,” said Jones.”Not to get into details, but we just didn’t practice well, and that just reflects how we played. And I didn’t practice good, and I …….