The New England Patriots are on their bye this week, which has given fans and media plenty of time to reflect on the dismal state of the team, especially quarterback Mac Jones. After his latest poor performance in Germany, there are rumors floating around that Jones -- who has already been benched three times this season -- may have finally lost his starting job for good.
Many former NFL players have weighed in on the Jones drama as well, including former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Meanwhile, a Hall of Fame quarterback has his own take on the Jones situation.
Pro Football Hall of Famer didn't blame Jones outright for his struggles, saying "We know there's been a lot of issues around him."
That's certainly true, as New England has failed Jones at every turn. He's had three different offensive coordinators in three seasons, with each one getting progressively worse. Bill Belichick has failed to surround him with capable weapons and has assembled one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Owner Robert Kraft ranks near the bottom of the NFL in cash spending, refusing to go the extra mile for his young quarterback.
In other words, Jones was set up to fail, and that's exactly what's happened. He's failed, and a former first-round pick who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie is now one of the worst quarterbacks in the league.
The question that Warner and many others are asking is whether a) Jones has the ability to ever be an above-average quarterback again and b) how much the Patriots (or any team) would need to invest in the pieces around him to get him back to that level.
Nobody, not even Warner, knows the answer to that.
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