Felger & Mazz: Mac Jones is ‘broken, busted and fractured’ after Saints loss
The New England Patriots suffered a brutal blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints this week, 34-0. This loss follows a similar result from the week before when the Patriots lost 38-3 against the Dallas Cowboys. The Pats haven’t scored an offensive touchdown since Week 3 when they beat the New York Jets.
Mazz: Look, I rule out nothing. I think the Patriots are broken internally. I think they’ve been broke for some time. I’m not sure Belichick ever wanted Mac Jones.
I think last year was a train wreck. And we can say it was good for the first couple of games, but that stuff comes back under duress. So, any resentment that is still there will come out.
I don’t have any doubt that the other players on the team look at Mac Jones and say, “You’re killing us. You’re not good enough.”
They don’t believe in the quarterback. I’m not sure they have a quarterback that the team can believe in, which is another problem in and of itself. And the stuff in practice, as you’re saying it, I’m just thinking out loud. Did anyone defend Jones, including the coach?
Felger: After the Sauce Gardner thing?
Mazz: No, I just think there’s always been a problem between the coach and the quarterback. I think that’s what’s at the heart of it. And so, if the other guys are looking at it and saying the coach doesn’t believe in the quarterback, then it opens the door for them to go off on the quarterback, too.
Felger: Well, I wonder if Bill’s hurting himself by sticking with the quarterback too much. It’s obvious they need to take a breather from Mac Jones right now.
He’s broken. He’s busted. He’s absolutely busted and fractured!
It’s permeating the team. The team has to sit him. They have to. You can’t keep going into these games just to pull him by the third quarter. That is dysfunctional. They have to sit Mac Jones.
I’ve got a sense that Bill, that big freaking baby, is now saying, “Oh, now you want me to bench him? I’m not going to bench him.”
Similar to the Cam Newton year when it was obvious that Newton should have been taking a seat. They should’ve been trying to see what Jarrett Stidham had. But that’s not the point.
The point is that things are clearly broken with your starting quarterback, and people are calling for you to make a change.
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