Bill Belichick

The New England Patriots entered the season with Mac Jones as their clear-cut starting quarterback after he led the team to 10 wins and an appearance in the postseason as just a rookie. But with Jones struggling to start the season this year and rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe leading the Patriots to back-to-back wins with Jones injured, many are wondering if there could be a quarterback controversy in New England.

After Sunday afternoon’s win over the Cleveland Browns, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked point blank if Jones would be the team’s starter once he was healthy. Belichick had a chance to declare that Jones was the team’s starter and end all the controversy and speculation –  but he didn’t do that.


“We’ll see how that process is. Mac still wasn’t able to play yesterday,” Belichick said on Monday morning, according to New England Patriots beat writer Zach Cox of NESN.

With that quote from Belichick, it certainly looks like there could be a quarterback controversy brewing in New England. And the NFL world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.

In three appearances for the Patriots this season, Zappe is completing a stellar 72.9 percent of his passes for 596 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception. There’s a chance that his performance gives the team the best chance to win going forward.

[Zack Cox]