The New England Patriots have had a tough time moving on from the Tom Brady era, which is far from a surprise.
The transition from a Hall of Fame quarterback is never easy, not even with one of the brightest football minds to ever live.
Notably, however, some thought the Pats had struck gold in the NFL Draft when they took Mac Jones, as he looked poised and ready to go during his rookie season.
Jones regressed worryingly in his sophomore year, with fans and analysts wondering whether he was the right guy to lead them in the future.
Those doubts only got worse when he was benched for Bailey Zappe, who seemingly played better than him while he was out with an injury.
But Jones got his job back, and according to LB Matthew Judon, the guys in the locker room are still confident in him and his skill set:
“We believe in him. We believe in what he can do, and we know the competitor that he is,” Judon said on the Jim Rome Show. “And that’s the thing about playing quarterback. It’s a gift and a curse, right? You can one moment be the best thing — the newest best thing to the NFL. And the very next moment, you could be terrible. It’s a week-to-week league.”
Matthew Judon (@man_dammn) says the Pats locker room still believes in Mac Jones. pic.twitter.com/9afhN4wj0H
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) February 14, 2023
Ever since he made it to the league, the Alabama product has drawn plenty of praise for his work ethic and leadership.
He’s earned his teammates’ trust and respect in no time, but the results on the field are nowhere to be found.
Of course, there’s only so much he can do with no offensive coordinator and Matt Patricia calling the plays for him, so we should take this season with a grain of salt as well.
Now, he’ll have Bill O’Brien calling the shots, and we might get to find out whether he’s for real or just another one-year wonder.NEXT: Matthew Judon Reveals His Feelings About Being A Patriot