Mac Jones was set up to be the hero in Week 10. He had the ball in his hands, a wide-open Mike Gesicki in the end zone, and a chance to put the New England Patriots ahead in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts. All he had to do was make an easy 20-yard pass.
Instead, he threw it 15 yards and directly to a Colts defender.
Mac Jones Benched
That was the last pass Jones was allowed to throw on Sunday. He was promptly benched for Bailey Zappe on the Patriots' next drive with the game still in the balance. Zappe threw an interception as well, sealing a 10-6 loss for New England and dropping the team to 2-8.
Critics did not hold back on Jones after the game, with some calling it the worst throw they've ever seen. Peter King of NBC Sports had a particularly harsh assessment in his "Football in America" article on Monday morning.
On Jones' disastrous pick, King wrote "This wasn't just a big interception Jones threw to cost the Patriots the game in Frankfurt Sunday. That might have been a career-wrecking interception."
That might sound dramatic, but King could be right. How does Jones come back from this? He leads the NFL with 10 interceptions, and he's already been benched three times this year. He's completely collapsed as a quarterback and has repeatedly fallen short at the end of games, proving he can't be trusted with the outcome on the line.
With New England's bye week coming up, Bill Belichick and Bill O'Brien have a full two weeks to re-evaluate the quarterback position. During that time, they may decide that the team is better off without Jones and replace him with Zappe, Will Grier or Malik Cunningham.
Jones has had two and a half seasons with the Patriots to try to make it work, and things are worse than they've ever been. It might be time to pull the plug, and no one would be surprised if he isn't the Patriots' starting quarterback against the New York Giants in Week 12.
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