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The ex-Jets head coach continues to criticize Patriots quarterback Mac Jones

The ex-Jets head coach continues to criticize Patriots quarterback Mac Jones

Let it go.

Rex Ryan isnt prepared to do that when it comes to the New England Patriots.

Mac Jones, the Patriots' rookie quarterback, was trashed by the former New York Jets head coach on Monday. He is now an ESPN analyst.

The Patriots wont make the playoffs because they have a peashooter at quarterback. This team wouldve been beaten by the Houston Texans.... When the ball travels more than 15 yards down the field [in the air], its bad news for this guy. Danny Wuerffel is like Danny.

Ryan continued his tirade on The Greg Hill Show Tuesday when asked if the 2-3 Patriots are a playoff team, according to WEEI.

No, but hey, youve got a peashooter at quarterback. Just a moment to take pause. This team shouldve been beaten by the Houston Texans. Team from the Playoffs? Playoffs! Theyve got no chance at this thing.

Jones rallied the Patriots for a 25-22 win over the Texans on Sunday.

Jones is the quarterback's No. 15 pick in the NFL Draft for the 2021 season. He quickly eclipsed Cam Newton on the depth chart and established himself as the Tom Brady successor Bill Belichick has been searching for for the last two years.

Jones has completed at least 73% of his passes in four of five starts this year, and has a QB rating of 95 or higher three times. Mike Giardi of NFL Networks Mike Gilli reports Jones is the only rookie QB in the Super Bowl era to have a 70+ comp pct on 30+ attempts in 4 of his first 5 career starts. Only two other QBs to have had multiple such games in their first five starts were Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz (2 each) in 2016.

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Jones' 135 completions this season, according to ESPN, tie him with Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow for the most completion completion rates by a rookie quarterback in his first five starts in NFL history.

Jones leads all newbie signal-callers this year with 1,243 passing yards, an 86.4 QB rating, and a completion percentage of 71.1%, while being the top passer rating.

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Mike Rosenstein can be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.

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