There has been plenty of chatter regarding Mac Jones and the New England Patriots.
He looked tailor-made for the job and the organization in his first year in the league, but he couldn’t keep that same intensity up in the following campaign.
To make things even worse, Head Coach Bill Belichick has been everything but supportive of his struggling youngster, hinting at a potential competition for the QB1 job.
With that in mind, Jones told Mike Kadlick of WEEI that everyone should always have a competition-oriented approach every season, pretty much snubbing the question but still letting it be known that he’s there to give his all.
Mac Jones on the “position battle” with Bailey Zappe:
“I think every year you have to have the mindset that you’re competing.” pic.twitter.com/EIacCbPqMR
— Mike Kadlick (@mikekadlick) August 3, 2023
Jones threw some tantrums on the sidelines last season, evidently frustrated with Matt Patricia’s inability to call plays in the offense.
He made some head-scratching mistakes and poor reads as well, but all young quarterbacks experience growing pains in the league.
Truth be told, the Patriots put him in a terrible spot because of Belichick’s reluctance to designate an Offensive Coordinator.
His mistake was so evident that he took a major U-turn and brought back Bill O’Brien this season.
Instead, rather than admit they made a bad call and show some support for their potential franchise quarterback, Coach Belichick has only put more pressure and fueled the fire by talking about a potential competition between him and Bailey Zappe.
Belichick’s ways couldn’t be questioned when he was winning Super Bowls, but it’s been four seasons since they last won a playoff game.NEXT: Patriots Reporter Shuts Down QB Competition Rumors At Training Camp