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Bill Belichick was reason Mac Jones failed with Patriots: Damien Harris

Mac Jones failed to succeed in New England, and former Patriots running back Damien Harris placed the blame squarely on Bill Belichick’s shoulders.

Harris, who played for the Patriots from 2019-2022, Appeared on “The Athletic Football Show” On Wednesday, Jones said the failure was not his fault.

“What happened with Mac Jones in New England was not Mac Jones’ fault,” Harris said. Sports News reported.

In 2021, head coach Bill Belichick and Mac Jones walk off the field after the Patriots’ loss to the Saints. Getty Images

“What happened with Mac Jones in New England is due to the fact that they fired the offensive coordinator who developed him into a Pro Bowler and almost led us to a division championship with a rookie quarterback…

“Then you have Matt Patricia, who’s been coaching defense his whole life, Joe Judge, who’s been coaching special teams … you just throw them in there and say, ‘Hey, coach this kid. He’s a first-round draft pick, but as long as you coach him the way I tell you, everything will be fine.'”

Harris blamed Belichick’s stubbornness for ending Jones’ tenure with the Patriots with the trade to the Jaguars.

“Now Mac Jones is in Jacksonville… the breath of Mac Jones in New England is gone. [gone] “I explained how it happened,” he continued.

“The only reason it was successful was because Bill Belichick stuck to his guns and had a firm belief that, ‘As long as I’m here, as long as I’m here with me and as long as I’m here with Robert Kraft at the head of this organization, no matter who’s coaching, no matter where they’re coaching, no matter what, we’re going to be successful.'”

Former Patriots running back Damien Harris blamed Bill Belichick for Mac Jones’ failure in New England. AP

“I think it started with the Cam Newton thing…people were like, ‘What the hell? [expletive] “What is this? Why Cam Newton? Bill thought it would work. But it didn’t.”

The following year, when Jones was a rookie, the Patriots made the playoffs, but offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels left to take the head coaching job with the Raiders and Belichick didn’t choose a replacement with offensive prowess.

“We drafted Mack, we had a great year … and we won seven games in a row, and we thought at the time we might be in the Super Bowl,” Harris said.

Coach Bill Belichick talks with his son, Brian, who was a scouting assistant for the team at the time, before a game against the Browns in 2016. Diamond Images/Getty Images

“Then the next year, you replace Josh McDaniels with Matt Patricia and Joe Judge and then you look back on that year … Mac Jones was suddenly gone. I think everyone can understand what I just said. And at the end of the day, you just look at it for what it was and say maybe Bill Belichick didn’t do the right thing with Mac Jones.”

Harris has been a member of the Bills since last season.

Belichick and the Patriots parted ways this offseason after 24 seasons that included six Super Bowl wins.

He will appear this season on Omaha Productions’ “ManningCast.”