Matt Hasselbeck rips Patriots coaching staff: ‘You did this to yourself’

The New England Patriots’ unique coaching situation is in the national spotlight after a tough Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Matt Patricia and Joe Judge haven’t exactly inspired confidence since taking over from former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. After struggling through camp and preseason, the Patriots offense scored just one touchdown in last week’s 20-7 loss. The porous offensive line allowed quarterback Mac Jones three hits, including a costly strip-sack returned for a Dolphins TD.

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Head coach Bill Belichick received widespread criticism for replacing McDaniels with Patricia and Judge and installing a new offense. On Sunday, former NFL QB Matt Hasselbeck ripped the Patriots coaching staff for putting Jones in a tough spot in the second year of his career.

“I know you’re defensive gurus — fine. But you don’t understand what that looks like and what it feels like to quarterback,” Hasselbeck said on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown.” “The hardest thing for a quarterback on the road, in particular, is third and 6 or more, so what did they do? They complicated it.”

Jones was impressive in his first season in the NFL, completing 67.6% of his passes for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Hasselbeck thinks the Patriots should never have tried to fix something that wasn’t broken to begin with.

“You did this to yourself, Patriots coaching staff,” Hasselbeck added. “You did this to yourself. So stop trying to prove how smart you are. Simplify. This guy played – he was the best rookie quarterback in the NFL last year, because he had wheels. training most of the time, and he played really well. There’s nothing wrong with that. You don’t have to prove what you know.

It’s only week 2, so the Belichick staff still have time to figure things out. That said, it’s safe to say that Pats fans are already losing patience after a disheartening start to the campaign.

The Patriots take on the Steelers on Sunday afternoon before heading home for a Week 3 showdown against the Baltimore Ravens.