Mark Daniels on Mac Jones losing locker room: ‘Players won’t even look at him’
During this morning’s show, MassLive’s Mark Daniels says that the locker room atmosphere changed negatively for Mac Jones after the Saints game. Players used to support him, but now they avoid mentioning his name, creating an uncomfortable situation. Daniels suggests it might be best not to start Jones again to avoid affecting team morale and people’s jobs. He emphasizes the need for a confident quarterback, even if it means choosing someone less skilled than Jones for the sake of overall team performance.
Jon Wallach: How bad is the locker room in there? In regards to Mac, you saw the Andrew Callahan article where it’s 80 to 20 against you’re in there along with Dan every day. What’s your sense of this?
MassLive’s Mark Daniels: I think Mac started to lose the locker room during the Saints game. For me, I noticed the way players talked about him changed. It went from We love Mac, we believe in Mack. He’s QB number one too well we’re behind whoever starts whether it’s Mac or Zappe you’re behind whoever. Now players it feels to me like they don’t even want to say his name. Like, Oh, it’s not one person. It’s all of us. All of us have to be better. So the way people have spoken about him has changed. But I’ll tell you, in Frankfurt, it was awkward. It’s like if someone messes up badly at work and no one wants to look at them like guys were walking by Mac No one would look at him. They’re looking at the floor. Someone would like, give him an awkward glance. I’m like, This is bad. I’m sitting there just, you know, staring at him like a stalker is putting on his shoes and no one’s speaking to him. I’m like, man, this is this has gotten bad. And it was very clear that it’s gotten that you.
Jon Wallach: You can’t start him again. Let’s say you’re spot on. You can’t start him again.
MassLive’s Mark Daniels: Right. And think about what’s on the line for all these upcoming free agents. I mean, for health for Bill O’Brien, guys in the front office, you have a horrible team and a bad record. It could affect people’s livelihoods and their jobs. for Mac, if it’s in his head. He has the yips. He doesn’t have confidence, at the very least, to get someone out there who doesn’t have the yips. Has confidence. I mean, like, I don’t think Bailey’s Zappe is close to what Mac Jones is as a quarterback, which is a problem, but Bailey Zappe at the very least has confidence. I mean, I don’t think Will Greer has the yips but if they give you a better chance to put out a better product, that’s probably where you need to lean.
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