3. Mac Jones
I hate to say it, but Mac Jones just isn’t good enough to win in the NFL.
The last two weeks have definitely proved that. Both times, he had the ball in his hands at the end of the game with a chance to erase a deficit and save the game. Both times, however, he failed, leaving the Patriots just short.
His error at the end of Week 2 was especially egregious, throwing short of the sticks on a fourth down that New England needed to convert to stay alive. That’s a rookie mistake, and it’s an inexcusable one to make in Year 3.
This isn’t just an early-season trend with Jones, either. He hasn’t had a game-winning drive or fourth quarter comeback since 2021. He’s now 6-10 as a starter since the beginning of last year and 7-14 over his last 21 starts (including playoffs). Yikes.
I’m sorry, but that’s just not good enough. I know he hasn’t had great weapons and has offensive line has struggled and he’s already had three different offensive coordinators, but he also has an amazing defense behind him and gets to play for the greatest coach of all time. It doesn’t help that he’s often quick to blame his teammates and coaches when things go wrong.
At the end of the day in the NFL, you are what your record says you are, and Jones’ record is pretty abysmal. It’s tough to admit your first-round pick and expected franchise QB isn’t going to work out, but at some point you need to move on.
In other words, it’s Bailey Zappe time.
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