Bill Belichick Jan 8, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines in the second quarter game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The perception of Mac Jones in New England couldn’t be different going into 2023 versus how it was a season ago. Jones had a tough season at quarterback for the Patriots. The team missed the postseason, and Jones’ less-than-stellar play might not have been why they missed out. But it didn’t ignite the team’s efforts either. Recently, Mac has come under fire with rumors about his status amongst the team and the Patriot coaches. Last month, head coach Bill Belichick didn’t quite commit to him as his starting quarterback in 2023. This week, Belichick addressed the status of his quarterback again.

Per ProFootballTalk, Belichick said, “Yeah, I mean, look, Mac’s been our quarterback for two years. As I tell the team every year, each player, each coach, we all have to re-establish and prove ourselves every year. That’s what this league is. So that’s for all of us. 2023 is 2023, and we’ll see how it goes.”

The Patriots drafted Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Jones led the Pats to a postseason appearance in the 2021 season, but the Buffalo Bills dusted them up pretty well. That didn’t silence critics of the Pro Bowl quarterback and two-time National Champion. It doesn’t sound like the noise will be stamped out either, not if Bill Belichick isn’t doing anything to stop it.


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