Is Mac Jones facing challenges under Bill Belichick’s leadership?
Despite being sidelined in two consecutive games, Mac Jones is set to start in the upcoming Sunday matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.
According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick confirmed on Wednesday that there would be no changes in the starting quarterback position, implying that Jones would indeed start.
“Yeah, we’re not making any changes,” New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday when asked if Jones would start, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
In the previous two weeks, Jones was replaced during lopsided defeats against the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys. The Patriots endured back-to-back losses with a combined score of 72-3, which has brought their season record to a disappointing 1-4.
Following the loss to the Saints, Belichick defended Jones, asserting that the struggles were not solely the quarterback’s responsibility and that he would continue to be the starter.
In response to the consecutive losses, both Jones and the rest of the Patriots’ offense have faced substantial criticism. Jones threw for just 260 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions in those two games, and the offense committed a total of six turnovers.
The Patriots currently hold the lowest offensive performance in the NFL, averaging a mere 11 points per game. This season marks New England’s first 1-4 start since the year 2000.
The decision-making surrounding Mac Jones by Belichick has left many puzzled. Consecutive benchings can potentially harm the young quarterback’s confidence. However, it appears that the Patriots may not have better alternatives at this point, as it’s presumed that Belichick would swiftly bench Jones if such alternatives were available.