5 Patriots on the Hot Seat Over Final Four Games of Season

Unless these Patriots turn things around down the stretch, don't count on their having much of a future in New England.

Head coach Bill Belichick is one of five Patriots on the hot seat over the final four games.
Head coach Bill Belichick is one of five Patriots on the hot seat over the final four games. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Mac Jones

Like Belichick and many other Patriots, Mac Jones has been on thin ice for the majority of the season.

Once expected to be New England's quarterback of the future, Jones has been anything but that in his third professional season. He's played to career worsts in multiple statistical categories, including passer rating (77.0), completion percentage (64.9%), interception percentage (3.5%), and passing yards per game (192.7).

Jones might not have the best weapons or offensive line surrounding him, but he's done little to prove that he can win games on his own. That's why the Patriots are rolling with Bailey Zappe as their starting QB after the ex-replaced Jones four times this season.

Time will tell if the Pats give Jones another crack as the QB1 going forward. New England's offense plays much more confidently with Zappe under center, but Belichick is known for making head-scratching decisions and it wouldn't be that shocking if he gave Jones — whom the team drafted 15th overall in 2021 — one more chance in one of the final four games.