Is Bill Belichick ready to move on from Mac Jones?
An NFL insider thinks Bill Belichick could be ready to move on from Mac Jones after only two seasons. Jones and the New England Patriots failed to make the playoffs in Jones’ second season. Jones appeared to make the most progress out of the 2021 rookie quarterback class in year one, but his stock went down during the 2022 season.
According to NFL Insider Albert Breer, Belichick isn’t happy with how Jones comported himself last season. On Twitter, Dov Kleiman put up quotes of Breer talking about the Patriots’ quarterback situation. Breer suggested the Patriots could move on to Bailey Zappe.
“I think they would,” Breer said. “Internally, I don’t know if they see this massive gap between Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe. I’m not saying they think Bailey’s as good as Mac, but there was some element of Bailey doing what he was coached to do last year that I think gave Bailey the edge to some degree for a little while there.”
Zappe will be heading into his second year with the Patriots in 2023. Zappe took over the starting quarterback role early in the 2022 season when Jones was injured. However, his fanfare in New England was short-lived after the Chicago Bears, who would go on to have the worst record in the league, blew out Zappe and the Patriots on Monday Night Football. (The Bears wouldn’t win another game for the rest of their 2022 season after the October 24th contest.)
Jones had a right to be upset in 2022
It would be a shock to see the Patriots not work with Jones for season number three. Jones wasn’t put in an easy situation last season. With former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels taking the head coaching job in Las Vegas last offseason, the Patriots opted to go without a true offensive coordinator.
The result was a disaster, as the Patriots had their worst offensive season since 1995. They’ve hired Bill O’Brien as their offensive coordinator for 2023. One would think he’d have taken the job to work with Jones.
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