Why ESPN’s Mike Reiss isn’t burying Mac Jones just yet
The Patriots fell to the Dallas Cowboys 38-3 in what was the worst loss in the head coaching career of Bill Belichick. Quarterback Mac Jones had a day to forget as well, passing for just 150 yards while throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble that went for a defensive score. But ESPN’s Mike Reiss is not ready to bury Mac Jones just yet and he explained why to Zolak & Bertrand on Tuesday:
What went wrong in Dallas?
“I thought defensively, it was obviously not their best game, but I actually thought they did enough to be in the game, if the quarterback didn’t have the worst game we’ve seen him play. … I thought this was about the quarterback letting them down.
“And I want to be honest with you, I think Mac is a good quarterback. And I know that’s probably going to be – people going to jump all over me – like, good quarterback who had a bad day, and now we’re going to learn a lot about him, how he responds to that.
“I think he processes and makes good decisions. … You can be a good quarterback or a good student and have just a train wreck of a day, a train wreck of a test. To me, that’s what I look at this one. I know it’s a tough day to do it, but I have to be honest with you, I’m not going to go along with the crowd, where it’s convenient to do that based on this performance.
“I’ll give you the Jets as an example. We were killing Zach Wilson last week, for good reason. It was a terrible performance. How did he look Sunday night? Not bad. Serviceable.
“So I think we get caught up in the moment sometimes. I get it. That’s what we do, and it’s part of the fun. I just I don’t live in that world.”