Bill Belichick Is Still ‘Really Pissed Off’ At Mac Jones For Seeking Outside Help Last Season

Bill Belichick Mac Jones

Boston Globe/Getty Images

Tensions are running high with the New England Patriots, as reports emerge that Coach Bill Belichick is still bothered by then 2nd-year quarterback Mac Jones seeking outside help last season.

According to NBC Sports’ Chris Simms, Jones landed in the Bill Belichick “doghouse” for his decision to reach out to non-Patriots people for advice on how to run the offense. Now, even in April 2023, it appears that Belichick still hasn’t gotten over the incident from the 2022 season, and is reportedly still “really pissed off” about it.

NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran recently appeared on WEEI’s “Jones & Mego with Arcand” and discussed the situation, stating that “a disloyalty in Bill’s mind is almost worse than bad play”. He went on to explain that Jones’s efforts to seek outside help in order to improve were seen as showing up the Matt Patricia-Joe Judge contingent that Belichick had put in charge, and when Belichick found out, he got angry.

Furthermore, Curran believes that veteran backup quarterback Brian Hoyer was released because he was also against the system like Mac, and that he let it be known that Jones was up against it on a weekly basis.

The Patriots’ struggles on offense last season were evident, as they finished 32nd in red zone efficiency, that’s as bad as it gets. This is a far cry from the Patriots’ success in the past, which was largely attributed to the partnership between Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

Since pushing Brady away from the Patriots in 2020, Belichick’s legacy has taken hit after hit, with the coach winning zero playoff games and missing out on making the postseason in two out of three seasons. Brady, on the other hand, has won five playoff games and a Super Bowl in just three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It remains to be seen how the situation with Jones and Belichick will play out, but tensions are certainly high in New England as the team looks to rebound from a disappointing season.