Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) and quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) Nov 20, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) and quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) walk onto the field before a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a quarterback controversy brewing in the New England Patriots backfield, but not everyone on the squad seems undecided about who their starter should be.

While Bill Belichick takes the summer to figure out whether or not he should start Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe, linebacker Josh Uche already knows who the starting quarterback should be.

“When it comes to Mac, I love Mac. I mean, he’s a competitor. Somebody who I’ve gone to war with and practiced with,” Uche said, via “I’ve seen his work ethic and his tenacity. I think he’s a dog. That’s me personally, having worked with Mac and knowing what I know about him. Listen, he’s a dog. That’s all I can say, man. He’s our quarterback.”

It’ll be pretty interesting to see how the Patriots handle the situation. After leading the Patriots to the playoffs as a rookie, Jones regressed last season and there were a lot of grumblings about how teammates didn’t appreciate the effort he was giving.

Meanwhile, Zappe became a fan favorite in relief of Jones. The current backup said recently he plans to compete for the starting role if possible.

“If my opportunity presents itself, I’m going to take full advantage of it,” Zappe said last week. “I’m going to do everything I can to help the team win.

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to