FOXBORO — Bills coach Sean McDermott just isn’t anticipating one other three-pass effort from Mac Jones this outing.
McDermott believes he’ll be seeing the rookie quarterback play a much bigger function within the Patriots offense in Round 2.
And with Bill Belichick joking — we expect — about what he hid from McDermott the primary sport, it’s attainable McDermott is on to one thing.
“We can use our whole passing game. All the pass plays that we have, they haven’t seen,” Belichick teased the day after beating the Bills, 14-10, in gusty situations. “We can use all of them next time we play them. That game plan’s already been made.”
Has it? Really?
Sounds just like the thoughts video games have already begun.
That’s the fantastic thing about working the ball 46 instances, with simply three move makes an attempt the primary sport. Even although the Patriots are positive to throw it greater than 3 times, it nonetheless leaves a little bit of thriller for what the Patriots can and can do to assault the Bills in Sunday’s pivotal AFC East matchup.
Plus, seeing an opponent twice, particularly in video games only some weeks aside, naturally lends itself to a couple surprises.
Former Patriots security Rodney Harrison, an analyst for NBC Sports, believes offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will most definitely embody Jones extra, as McDermott expects, however the Bills will nonetheless be guessing what’s coming at them.
“Of course Mac Jones is going to be a bigger part of the game plan. That’s the cool part about it,” stated Harrison, when reached Wednesday. “Buffalo still really doesn’t know what the Patriots are going to do offensively. Are they going to come out in three tight end sets, or come out in the empty set? Josh has done a good job being multiple with all of those formations.”
Harrison even urged placing Jones within the no-huddle given how properly he’s finished within the two-minute drill. It’s an attention-grabbing thought.
“When Josh allows him to take control of the offense in the hurry-up, getting people in place, lining them up, that’s when he shows true ownership of the offense,” Harrison stated of Jones. “Doing that forces Buffalo to have to match wits with you … there’s just so many levels of creativity Josh can continue to do to help Mac and the offense.”
Going no-huddle additionally makes it tougher for defenses to disguise, to not point out blitz. Using an up-tempo assault out of the gate would have the Bills scrambling immediately.
But slicing by means of the subterfuge for a minute, Belichick and McDaniels aren’t going to desert their bread and butter, simply to be totally different.
They’re nonetheless going to run whether or not within the hurry-up or not, and proceed to take action till the Bills present they will make the Patriots cease. Make no mistake, the run sport remains to be going to be a major a part of the plan.
If McDermott’s protection couldn’t cease the bottom and pound Week 14, what makes anybody assume they’ll give you the chance to take action in Week 16?
It’s not like they will put any extra folks within the field than what that they had in the course of the 14-10 loss.
They already went to that properly and the Patriots nonetheless made them pay.
Now, it’s truthful to imagine Jones will probably be greater than Mr. Handoff within the upcoming sport, however he’s not going to get right into a shootout with Josh Allen if the Patriots will help it.
While the Patriots alter the sport plan from week to week for the opponent they’re taking part in, Belichick and McDaniels know what offers them one of the best likelihood to win towards the Bills or anybody else.
And it’s not having Jones heave the ball 40 or 50 instances.
It’s having him be environment friendly, and creating snug conditions for him to throw, particularly if groups have some success shutting down the run.
Like with the Colts final week, the Bills additionally know their greatest shot at leaving Foxboro with a win is stopping the run, getting a lead, and forcing Jones to beat them.
That’s why it might be a hoot to see McDaniels have Jones come out firing immediately from the no-huddle, proper from the primary sequence.
Once once more, that little bit of thriller, not understanding what McDaniels has up his sleeve with respect to throwing the soccer, or attacking usually, goes to maintain McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier up all week.
McDaniels stated Tuesday he was going to begin recent with a clear sheet earlier than devising the precise plan for Sunday. What occurred in Week 14 will consider, however there’s at all times room for enchancment, to not point out shock.
He known as it taking part in “a chess game with yourself” describing find out how to sort out a protection the second time round, particularly one which additionally doesn’t present the identical factor in a subsequent assembly.
“I think the biggest mistake people can make is relaxing and not going through the preparation as if this is the first time we played them,” stated McDaniels. “So I try to get myself into a mindset of, I don’t care what happened three weeks ago. I’m going back through and I’m studying the players, I’m studying the scheme, I’m studying the game plan and I’m going to try to make each decision based on what we feel this week, not three or four weeks ago … we’ll go in with a plan we feel good about.”
One that’s certain to bollix the Bills.