Mac Jones Patriots

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick raised a lot of eyebrows when he pulled starting quarterback Mac Jones from the lineup Monday night against the Chicago Bears and replaced him with backup Bailey Zappe.

Zappe, in turn, led the team to two touchdowns and the lead, but later he had three turnovers in the Patriots’ 33-14 loss, which left a lot of people questioning who would be starting for the team. But according to a report from NFL insider Field Yates, the Patriots’ starter will be Mac Jones.

Belichick claimed Monday after the loss that his intentions the whole time was to play both quarterbacks. But it was clear that when he pulled Jones after a few series and an interception and put Zappe in, he expected another Drew Bledsoe/Tom Brady-type situation but it fell flat.

In the end, Zappe looked like a backup, and Belichick looked like he made a poor coaching decision. Jones was the only rookie quarterback last season to lead his team to the playoffs and played well as the starter. But a high ankle strang kept Jones out of the lineup for a few weeks and Zappe looked good in the Patriots’ last two victories until Monday night against the Bears.

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About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.