Did Bill Belichick ruin Mac Jones? – Felger & Mazz
On Friday’s Felger & Mazz program—Mike Felger, former Patriot Ted Johnson, and Cerrone Battle wonder if Bill Belichick is the reason why Mac Jones is no longer a good quarterback.
DID BELICHICK RUIN MAC JONES?
Felger: Greg Bedard said earlier in the week, “Mac Jones’ downfall is the responsibility of Bill Belichick.”
Agree or disagree?
Ted Johnson: I 100 percent agree. Cerrone and I were just talking about this. Mac Jones’ face that you saw on the bench in Germany against the Colts was a culmination of many things. In the back of his mind, he’s remembering that he got benched for Bailey Zappe against the Chicago Bears on a Monday night game.
In the back of his mind is Matt Patricia telling him to stop asking questions in meetings. In the back of his mind, he’s thinking of Bill Belichick not mentioning his name in offseason press conferences. In his mind are all of these things that have preceded this moment.
Bill Belichick is responsible for everything down there in Foxboro. He’s made Mac Jones’ life miserable. Jones hasn’t responded well—that’s true. But the reason Mac is broken is because of the decisions that Bill Belichick has made regarding his quarterback.
Cerrone Battle: And, on top of it all, this is the pressure of playing quarterback in Boston. Back in the day, I’m sure you could’ve avoided the media by not picking up the USA Today or Boston Herald.
Now, players all live on their phones and social media. Mac Jones is probably getting alerts when his name pops up. He’s probably lying in bed, looking at alerts that say, like, “MAC JONES BENCHED!”
He can’t get away from it all.
Ted Johnson: There’s no way to ignore the noise now! You used to be able to not listen to the radio.
Cerrone Battle: I mean, they make refrigerators with tablets on them now! Mac Jones wakes up in the morning, and there he is with his head down on the sidelines because he had a bad game.
Remember when Mac Jones was dancing at the Pro Bowl? He was happy. From then until now, they didn’t just change coordinators. They changed the entire offensive system.
For example, look at Damien Harris, who had 1000 yards rushing that one season. He also had 15 touchdowns. And Rhamondre Stevenson was his backup. He had like 700 yards on offense! He had like 5 or 6 touchdowns, too.
Brandon Bolden was the third-down back because White got hurt. Brandon Bolden had, like, 600 total yards as a third-down back. They don’t even have a third-down back this year! And he had 5 or 6 touchdowns. He had more receiving yards that year than DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki, or JuJu Smith-Schuster will have THIS year! They won’t even match what Brandon Bolden did in Mac Jones’ first year.
And the defense was turning teams over like crazy. That’s why Jones was dancing, and that’s why he was happy.
Ryan Beaton is a producer for 985thesportshub.com. You can follow Ryan at @ry_beaton on Twitter.
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