Mac Jones done as starting quarterback? Mike Reiss w/ Zolak & Bertrand
IS MAC JONES STILL THE STARTING QUARTERBACK?
Zolak: I don’t know how Mac Jones comes back from last week’s performance.
Mike Reiss: I can see one scenario where Belichick says Jones isn’t done yet.
With time to assess, Belichick could say, “Jeez, I made an emotional decision more than a well-thought-out one. I don’t know what I was thinking. Why would I think a backup, who’s cold on the sideline, could come in with a minute left.”
Bertrand: Do you think it was an emotional decision as an observer?
Mike Reiss: After watching the game over, Beetle, I could strongly make that case. There are so many bad performances around Mac. It’s not just him.
Bertrand: Well, yeah, but I mean, that’s been true in a lot of games, and I would say that it’s not emotional for the fact that this was not new–what Mac Jones did in this game.
Zolak: Yeah, that’s the problem.
Bertrand: His constant mistakes of turning the ball over and doing it in some critical situations are not new. This performance happened to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
It wasn’t like this just came up out of nowhere, and Bill reacted because it was such a bad pick. It was a bad pick in a long line of bad picks and turnovers for Mac Jones that they just cannot accept any more.
Mike Reiss: I would push back, but you’re not wrong. I think everything around him was the same thing we’ve seen all year.
He got the crap kicked out of him in the first half because the pass blocking was atrocious, and so I think we saw a residual of that. He was never comfortable.
I don’t want to make excuses for him. I think people will hear this and say, “Stop making excuses for Mac!”
I’m not making excuses for Mac. The interception was terrible. The near interception of Hunter Henry was terrible. The underhanded toss to Rhamondre Stephenson was terrible. Bad plays!
But everything around him stinks, too. And if we don’t acknowledge that, I feel we’re scapegoating the guy.
Zolak: But quarterback’s the one position that can’t fall in line when bad things happen with everybody else. You’re almost like a coach on the field, in essence, that can’t be one making mistakes. And he’s made too many critical ones.
And now the team’s watching. When the head coach says, “I’m taking out the starter,” in a four-point game, with the ball—that’s an indicator that he’s done. I don’t know how you come back from that.
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