Head coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have parted ways after what many will consider one of the greatest coaching reigns in NFL history. The Patriots saw six championships under Belichick and more playoff runs than you can count on your hands. That's all in the past now, but not without a little controversy.
Many wondered what it was like during the 2021 NFL draft when the Patriots decided to take quarterback Mac Jones in the first round. Was it Belichick's pick or the or the organizations pick? We may now know the answer to that.
Bill Belichick didn't really want Mac Jones
According to Jeff Howe of the Athletic (paid subscription), Belichick felt the team would be fine waiting to draft quarterback Davis Mills later in the draft and drafting for a different need in the first round of the 2021 draft. But the organization wanted Jones and that's the way they went. Mills was later drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round.
So, there's our first impression of what Jones was to Belichick. You must wonder if there were conversations about the young quarterback between Belichick and longtime Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban -- such as his tendencies or gameplay.
Whatever Belichick had on Jones obviously wasn't enough to have him chomping at the bit to draft him in the first round.
Brady was the ultimate system quarterback that worked his way to greatness. We'll never know if being drafted by the Patriots would have made Mills great like the predecessor, Brady, but it certainly didn't work out for either quarterback in the end.
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