It’s no secret that last year was a pretty big disaster for the New England Patriots’ offense.
With no real offensive coordinator on the coaching staff, the Patriots were a very average offense during the 2022 season.
Some of their struggles were the responsibility of Mac Jones, who regressed during his 2nd season in the NFL after leading the franchise to the playoffs as a rookie.
As a result of that regression, there was a bit of a quarterback controversy at one point in the season as Bailey Zappe stepped in and collected a couple of wins while Jones was injured.
At this week’s owners meetings, Bill Belichick was asked about the team’s quarterback situation and he didn’t exactly commit to Mac Jones.
When Bill Belichick was asked he said, “Everybody will get a chance to play. We’ll play the best players.”
Bill Belichick noncommittal about Mac Jones starting over Bailey Zappe. https://t.co/QJCDIseSKK
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 31, 2023
Mac Jones didn’t exactly give the Patriots much of a reason to continue putting their faith in him last season.
Jones saw his completion percentage dip and only threw for 14 touchdowns while also being intercepted 11 times.
However, Belichick not committing to Jones right now seems odd for one big reason.
If the Patriots aren’t going to throw their support behind Jones then why not at least entertain the idea of bringing in Lamar Jackson.
One of the biggest deterrents to having a conversation with him would be causing more issues with the relationship between Jones and the coaching staff.
That clearly isn’t something Belichick is all that worried about if he’s still speaking like Bailey Zappe is being considered for the team’s starting job next season.
Maybe the New England Patriots will end up making things a bit interesting this offseason instead of sticking with Mac Jones.