Nick Saban pinpoints turning point of Mac Jones’ football career

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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has been a key part of helping the team work their way up the AFC. With 2,540 yards, 14 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, Jones has taken command of the Patriots offense.

As he continues to develop in the NFL ranks, one of his former coaches can pinpoint where it all began. In a recent episode of “ “Hey Coach & The Nick Saban Show” Saban was able to recall one specific moment that he viewed as a turning point in Jones career. The coach was able to help Jones, known as a fiery competitor, learn how to manage his emotions.

As transcribed by NESN.com’s Zach Cox, Saban knew how to correct his quarterback’s poor body language.

“We had one day where we had to go in the indoor (practice facility),” Saban explained. “Sometimes, I sit up in the … weight coaches’ second-floor office and look out the window. I was looking out the window, and I can only see half the field. Mac was on the other side of the field. I could see Mac, but I couldn’t see the defense, and I couldn’t see the receivers. I could only see Mac.

“So every time he would throw the ball, I would just look at Mac, and I could tell whether it was complete or incomplete based on his body language. And I told the film guy, ‘Film this.’ (I) showed it to (Jones) and said, ‘This is how you’re affecting everybody else. I can’t even see whether you threw the ball complete or incomplete, and I can tell whether it was complete or incomplete by how you’re acting.’

Jones has shown poise already in his football career. Winning the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship and being named an NFL starter in the same year lends credence to this. With the New England Patriots playoff hopes relying on the development of Jones, controlling emotions may be key for him moving forward.

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