Scott Zolak: I wouldn’t pick up Mac Jones’ fifth-year option
Don’t waste our time…
Marc Bertrand: I’m ready to pull the plug.
Scott Zolak: So who are you going to? You’re going to get [Will] Grier ready?
Marc Bertrand: I mean, I think it’s a multi-year process. I don’t think you’re dumping Mac Jones tomorrow, but I’m not picking up the option on Mac Jones.
Scott Zolak: Well, last night’s the biggest comp. I’m serious, and you say, well, ‘what’s last night Zo?’ Daniel Jones is the biggest comp. The problem was you let him ride into that last year without picking up his option. He had a decent year that year and gun to the head they paid him.
Marc Bertrand: You’ve repeatedly said you’ve got to pick up the option of Mac Jones. What would you do now? Have you changed right now?
Scott Zolak: I would not pick it up.
Marc Bertrand: Okay, so you have changed your mind on that.
Scott Zolak: But you asked me two weeks ago when it looks like, OK, this is progressing for me. He’s going to be OK, because he likes the coach and I think he’s going to get taught well this year. Mechanically, did you have any issues with him first three games mechanically? Other than that errant throw on the pick-6 against the Eagles that got away from him. Was he throwing off the back foot? Was he throwing lazy balls in the flat? As many mistakes as he made the other day?
Hardy: No, not as many as he made the other day.
Marc Bertrand: I loved him out of the gate and against Philly that was really strong baseline.
Hardy: That’s what I’m saying. If we’re not going to give him excuse for weather, which nobody wants to, but he looked terrible out of the gate against Philly. He still has issues throwing out on the flat and screens and simple throws that you know, you’re not expecting to be game-breakers, but can you at least put it where it’s supposed to go so that you can pick up three or four yards? And a lot of times you can’t. The Daniel Jones comparison, again, as if we didn’t need another reason to not love it.
Marc Bertrand: Brother Jones. Mac and Daniel. What’s the diff?
Hardy: Watching the end of the game last night, he makes a couple of plays and then makes a completely inexcusable game-changing 14-point swing of a play where it’s like, okay, well you can’t ride with this guy. You can’t have that.
Scott Zolak: 4 for $160 [million]. They’re forced to now. Like that’s where you don’t want to go. Like I say, pick it up because it’s low risk at $23 [million]…
Marc Bertrand: Don’t waste our time.
Hardy: But the way the team looks like it at it, if you want to be cheap and if you want to get a starting quarterback on the low end, you’re getting a guy for five years for $43 million instead of one year for $45 million. That’s the way they look at it.