A change appears to be in order for New England, and it’s likely that parting ways with one of the greatest coaches of all time is not on the table.
Following the New England Patriots’ resounding loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Coach Bill Belichick stated that Mac Jones would continue as the team’s starting quarterback. Nevertheless, several signs suggest that a shift may be imminent.
According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the Patriots are planning to start Jones against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 6. However, Howe pointed out that this week’s practice sessions are crucial for Jones, as Belichick assesses every position on the roster.
This implies that Jones must perform well in practice to retain his top spot on the depth chart. Some observers also found Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien’s comments on Tuesday regarding Jones’ job security less than convincing.
The Patriots have suffered heavy losses in their last two games, falling to the Saints and the Dallas Cowboys with a combined score of 72-3. Jones was benched late in both games, although Belichick has maintained that it was not due to his performance. Nevertheless, the former first-round pick committed six turnovers in those two games.
An NFL insider hinted this week that changes might be in store for New England’s offense. For now, those changes do not affect the quarterback position, but that could change if the Patriots struggle once more against the Raiders.
Given Mac Jones’ performance, it seems that he may not be the future for the Patriots. Hence, it might be wise to make the transition sooner rather than later.