This season has been one to forget for the New England Patriots. That goes without saying.
It's so bad in Foxboro that the talk of the town is how future Hall of Fame coach Bill Belichick is likely to be fired at season's end. The Pats have already been eliminated from the playoffs, and Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was their 11th of the season. And there's still three games yet to play.
Of course, the NFL media has been gleeful about piling on the Patriots, taking every chance they can to kick the organization while it's down. And that's reached new heights.
The latest atrocity in New England? Someone smiled.
No-Context Mac Jones Tweet Fires Up Pats Fans
Mac Jones was "caught" smiling with the Patriots down 7-0 against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. And apparently that was the perfect chance to try to continue forcing an anti-Mac Jones narrative.
But what if we actually did the unthinkable and dove into the context?
First off, the Patriots were driving to score a touchdown when this happened. Bailey Zappe was leading a strong drive. So already the context of that smile is literally the opposite of what the post tried to suggest.
And are guys on the sidelines supposed to keep stoic Belichick-esque scowls on their face at all times? Of course, stay tuned into the game and be ready if your number is called. But smiling with your teammate isn't going to suddenly destroy your preparation, take your head out of the game and doom your team.
Context is key, and Pats fans saw right through it in the replies.
The NFL media needs to be better than this.
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