The 2023 season is a essential one for Patriots QB Mac Jones to show his price. Sadly, via 4 video games, issues usually are not trying shiny for the previous Alabama star and his future with New England is unsure.
Up to now this yr, Jones has gained only one recreation in 4 makes an attempt, throwing for 898 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions alongside the best way. Throughout his most up-to-date exhibiting in a 38-3 loss towards the Dallas Cowboys, Jones turned the ball over thrice – two leading to touchdowns by the protection – and was benched within the third quarter for Bailey Zappe.
“Wasn’t my day. [I am] positively upset in myself,” Jones stated after the sport.
Jones’ profession began out with nice promise. In 2021, his rookie yr, he threw for 22 touchdowns, led the crew to a stable 10-7 end and appeared in a Wild Card recreation. As soon as then-OC Josh McDaniels left for the Las Vegas Raiders the next offseason, nevertheless, issues started to crumble.
In 2022, with Matt Patricia guiding the offense, Jones’ numbers took a large drop, with the second-year signal-caller managing simply 14 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. To deliver juice again into the offense, within the 2023 offseason, the Patriots employed completed coach Invoice O’Brien to interchange Patricia as offensive coordinator, however to date, the rent seems to be a failure.
If Jones continues to wrestle and might’t get it completed this yr underneath O’Brien, a change on the quarterback place is just about sure for 2024. That might imply the Patriots seeing their third beginning quarterback since Tom Brady left in 2020.
Time is working out for Jones to get again on observe. Though there are nonetheless 13 video games left to play within the common season, Patriots followers and coaches alike are rising increasingly more annoyed watching the present state of the offense because the weeks go by.
Patriots HC Invoice Belichick made an announcement Sunday by benching Jones for the final half of the sport, however he may make a fair larger one by completely sidelining Jones for the remainder of the season or by buying and selling him to a brand new crew. As of now, Jones nonetheless seems to be to be the starter shifting ahead, however that might change straight away.
The Patriots’ subsequent recreation will come towards the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Oct. eighth.